VELVET #2/ Written by ED BRUBAKER/ Art by STEVE EPTING/ Colors by ELIZABETH BREITWEISER/ Letters by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS/ Published by IMAGE COMICS
It is clear that Brubaker clearly connects his new spy-thriller, Velvet, to the archetype set up in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. With that said, Brubaker finds a completely fresh way to present a spy story. Velvet #2 picks up with Velvet Templeton evading a government strike team that believes she has murdered a fellow spy. As she continually surprises the agents sent to track her down, Brubaker proves that this is no ordinary story about espionage.
The plot of the comic burns slowly, flowing through intense action, flashbacks, and present deceptions and mystery to bring the reader into Velvet’s environment. Through this technique, Brubaker shows Velvet’s attempts to clear her name and solve the murder will be a long and enjoyable ride.
Brubaker also develops a strong female lead character without compromising the character’s femininity or intelligence. Velvet is constructed with a combination of confidence and insecurity throughout her escape from the strike team which helps immerse the reader into her world.
Epting’s art and Breitweiser’s coloring emphasizes the connection the reader has to Velvet’s world. Most of the issue takes place at night amongst racing shadows of streetlights. Epting’s life-like sketches combined with the Breitweiser’s dark color palette make it impossible not to feel a connection.
Velvet #2 continues to showcase Brubaker’s writing skills, and Epting, and Breitweiser’s artistic brilliance making this a comic to follow for a long time.