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Velvet #2 - Before the Living End, Part Two Review


The second issue is here and it's every bit as good as you expected it to be.

The Good

Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser have given us something new to look forward to. Most people enjoy a good spy thriller but this is far from the typical one you've seen over and over. With the mystery of the death of a fellow agent, Velvet Templeton now finds herself the main suspect. It was believed she was the secretary of the director of the Agency but when agents try to bring her in, it starts to become clear there is much much more to her than they realized.

Steering away from what we see in most spy thrillers, Velvet as the lead character gives us a fresh take on the genre. Given the time period, we see that everyone's first impression is to underestimate her. As she easily proves them wrong, you can't help but have a smile on your face. Brubaker reveals a little about Velvet's past - just enough to tease and keep us hooked.

I'm hesitant to say this next part. Brubaker's story has me completely captivated. So much that I would be reading it regardless of the art team. The fact that we have Epting doing the art and Breitweiser doing the colors takes it to a completely different level. A lot of the story takes place outside at night in the rain. Despite that, it all looks so incredibly amazing. If that wasn't enough, there's plenty of actions and explosions that should keep the action junkies hooked as well. That being said, I am overjoyed with the art team we have here.

The Bad

The only thing to complain about is having to wait for the next issue to find out more about Velvet.

The Verdict

Should you be reading VELVET? We often see people complain about buying/reading the same thing over and over again each month. Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser are giving us something different. As a spy thriller with a female lead, we're getting plenty of action and intrigue as we discover what Velvet is all about. This comic delivers a great story with great art and phenomenal colors. The question shouldn't be should you read it; the question is why aren't you reading it?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Eh I didn't like the fist issue that much. I might wait for trade. It might read better that way

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Another excellent issue. The entire creative team is doing phenomenal work here. My high expectations for this are being met.

Edited by TheUnN4med

Another perfect issue of Velvet. Brubaker knows what he's doing.

Posted by manwithoutshame

I love this series! Brubaker and Epting are on fire!

Posted by longbowhunter

If its got Brubaker's name on it I'm going to pick it up. It's that simple. And this is him and Epting giving us more of what we loved on Cap. I particularly loved the flashback scenes of Velvet in action throughout the 50's.

Posted by kilomac29

Brubaker is doing a couple of very underrated comics right now. The first two issues of this series have been phenomenal. Fatale is super underrated, one of the most well written ongoing series out there. Though I will admit it reads much better in trade then it does in single issue form.

Posted by dreamfall31

Was planning on trade waiting, but the acclaim is making me consider buying it!

Posted by TLAMD

I agree with tony the only bad thing just having to wait for the next issue. The little thing they show about Velvet career was great.