A Dark Spy Story: Velvet Announced
I'm not a big fan of the spy genre. James Bond never interested me, but I enjoy an occasional Danger Girl
is Image Comics latest ongoing comic book series that is a spy comic with a "dark twist." The series will be the first creator-owned project from Ed Brubaker (Fatale
) and Steve Epting (The Avengers
), who previously teamed-up to write the popular Captain America: Winter Soldier
revolves around the titular chaarcter Velvet Templeton, a seemingly ordinary personal assistant to the Director of a top secret Intelligence Agency (because that's "ordinary"). But her past is revealed when the greatest spy in the world is killed. More murder and mystery ensue. When asked about the character, writer Ed Brubaker said:
"The thing I'm most excited about with Velvet is, she's a woman with this incredibly dangerous history who's been living a quiet life for a long time, and her current life and who she used to be are about to collide in a very explosive way... So she's going to have to face a lot of things she's been hiding from, and do things she barely remembers how to, and hope she's still as good as she used to be."
That's what I think could be an interesting element in this series: it's a spy who's been underground for a while and now she's forced to return. The art style also looks good. Steve Epting's art in the series was influenced by spy novels from the sixties and seventies. He spoke a bit about the era that influenced his artwork:
"I'm a huge fan of the illustration art from that era and it was actually a big influence on my approach to the covers for Captain America. I'm hoping to bring even more of that sensibility to Velvet—especially considering the time in which the story is set."
The colors are going to be done by Elizabeth Breitweiser and have a painted-look to them which I also like. The artwork and colors really remind me of Ed Brubaker's popular series Fatale
Velvet will be kicking-ass in her first issue on October 23rd. Will she be the next James Bond?
Probably not... but it could still be good.