Source: Velvet #2
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s new spy thriller Velvet’s explosive second issue is out. The story follows the Arc-7 spy organization as they try to discover who has killed one of their top operatives. At the center of the conspiracy is Velvet Templeton, the secretary of Director Manning of Arc-7, who is much more than she seems. The second issue of Velvet is action packed, as we learn a little more about Velvet’s mysterious past.
The issue starts off with the Director being told that Velvet has attacked a group of agents after being found at an apartment in connection with the dead agent. Realizing she had been framed, Velvet flees the apartment by diving out and using a wing suit to fly into the building across the street. As she recovers from her rough landing she begins to plan her way out and what results is a chase scene fit for a big budget blockbuster. Back at the Arc-7 headquarters the Director tells Sgt. Roberts the truth behind his secretary; that she was a secret agent who carried out multiple missions across Europe.
Brubaker’s writing is top notch in this issue. Each character stands out as having their own unique voice. The pacing of the issue is great as well, as the story bounces back between Velvet’s daring escape and Sgt. Roberts retelling the story to Director Manning, not a single moment feels offbeat. Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser show again just why they’re one of the best are teams around in this issue. Each page is bursting with action and energy, and Breitweiser’s colors set the perfect mood for each scene.
All in all the second issue of Velvet is a great continuation of the conspiracy story laid out in the first issue. Complete with exciting car chases, dark pasts, and possible double agents everywhere, Velvet continues to be the perfect spy thriller.