Written by Ed Brubaker
Illustrated by Steve Epting
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
Velvet, the new series from lauded writer Ed Brubaker and equally acclaimed artist Steve Epting, is based upon a very interesting premise: What if Ian Fleming’s Moneypenny was the baddest badass of them all? What if her secretarial role was actually a desk job, ostensibly intended as a means of saying “thank you” for all her years of service — in addition to being a good way to keep someone with a treasure trove of secrets close by?
Beyond crafting a taught espionage thriller, Ed Brubaker deserves special merit for the creation of the Velvet Templeton character. In the world of comic books, female lead characters are still a rarity. And forty-something, lead female characters are unheard of.
Steve Epting provides some truly cinematic pencils which, more than in other comics he’s illustrated, occasionally reminded me of Paul Gulacy’s work.
I loved that it’s set in the 70’s. I loved that it all felt very Bond-like, and included the classic Bond ride, the Aston Martin DB7 as well as a red Mustang Fastback set against the glittering lights of Times Square, that reminded me of the red Mach 1 Mustang from Diamonds are Forever. I loved that it was 27 pages long, and also included a very informative three-page essay on the history of spy fiction, by Jess Nevins.
In short, I loved Velvet #1.