At this point, I'm pretty convinced any new series Brubaker puts out with one of his collaborating artists, such as Epting or Phillips, is going to be something worth reading. Velvet #4 is filled with action, environment, and another great cliffhanger.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is the strong female lead. Velvet Templeton isn't just a female Bond-type character, but is instead a layered, complicated character able to stand on her own merit. The setting for much of the issue is the Carnival of Fools, and it makes for a great classic espionage/noir environment. Everyone is wearing masks and trying to blend in with the crowd, able to stand out from others, but keep their identity secret. It's a secret agent's paradise. Brubaker pulls off the pacing of the issue very well, once again slowly starting off, giving us some action, and then knocking us over the head with another cliffhanger right at the end.
While Brubaker does a lot in terms of writing, Epting really makes this book shine. The realistic appearance his art gives the book makes it feel like you're watching an episode of Velvet on television rather than reading a comic book. There's tons of energy on every page of this issue, especially the fight scene between Velvet and three Russian assassins. There's some brutal violence in the fight and you can really get a sense of the agony and energy involved because of how well Epting presents the scene. Also, Epting has a wonderful ability to give these characters an extra sense of emotion with his subtle details and framing. You can see mannerisms in each character and get a feel for who they are without them ever uttering a word.
Velvet #4 is another great issue from Brubaker and Epting. Each and every time I finish an issue I'm eagerly awaiting the next because the cliffhangers are so enticing. This issue is gorgeous and features some great character moments for our heroine. Pick this issue up with 100% confidence.