Velvet is a very smart book about the spy game from Image Comics. It's been lauded by many, mostly due to the talents of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. If you've been reading it so far, you know why everyone is raving. If you've missed out on the series so far, Image Comics has you covered, as Velvet Volume 1: Before the Living End hits stores this summer as the first volume.
In 1973, Velvet Templeton is the executive assistant to the head of a spy agency. She is meticulous, professional, and ultra-competent. But few people know that she’s also the deadliest woman on Earth. Velvet gave up fieldwork years ago, but now she’s drawn back into the action when one of the agency’s top operatives is killed and the evidence points to her as the killer.
"There's this archetypal secretary who's in a lot of spy movies and novels — the Moneypenny type. It goes through pulp fiction, this Girl Friday idea, and I thought, ‘What if that character was also a Modesty Blaise or Black Widow type? What if that was her secret past?’” said writer Brubaker, who has signed an exclusive deal with Image Comics with artist Sean Phillips, in an interview with USA Today. “It's touching on a lot of the stuff I love about the spy genre that's been in comics, but it's never been in comics that much in America.”
A sexy, subversive action thriller with dark, painterly art by Epting and colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser that is inspired by vintage spy novel cover art, Velvet Volume 1: Before the Living End will be in comic book stores on June 18 and bookstores on July 1 and is specially priced at $9.99. Full press release below.