The GeeksverseThief Of Thieves #1

Thief Of Thieves #1
Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer & Robert Kirkman
Art by: Shawn Martinbrough
Colored by: Felix Serrano
Lettered by: Rus Wooton
Cover Art: Shawn Martinbrough w/ Felix Serrano
Editor: Sina Grace

I like heist comics. I like comics about that shady underbelly. When I first heard the concept of this book, and that Kirkman and Spencer were working together, I was interested. Thief Of Thieves doesn’t disappoint. It is a heist comic, or is it? The last page leaves the direction of the series a little up in the air.

Spencer, working off a story by Kirkman (so Kirkman plots and Spencer scripts?), does a good job of introducing Redmond and Celia. What doesn’t come over as well is how good a thief Redmond really is. The opening job doesn’t highlight Redmond’s skills. If anything it kind of does the opposite, it shows Redmond as someone that uses tricks and his team to steal. The plan is great, but nothing new to the genre.

But again it doesn’t show how good a thief Redmond is. The flashback to how he and Celia met doesn’t either. That flashback shows him as someone that’s spent time as a thief and imparts his experience onto a rookie. But nothing about it highlights how good he’s supposed to be.

It’s a conversation that tells us that he’s the best. Which is just hard. Would have expected the introduction job to highlight how skilled he is.

It may sound like I didn’t like the book, but that’s not true. I liked it just fine. To me it came across as the tale of a thief, not a tale of the world’s best thief. And it was entertaining. I kind of liked that Redmond had to trick his way into the finishing the job.

I’ve always been a big fan of the chapter titles, which Spencer uses to great effect. Christopher Priest (Quantum & Woody, Black Panther) was the master of them, and the first one I saw using them in Q&W.

There were some things that could have been better, more character development, but overall this was an entertaining first issue and I’ll be picking up the second issue.

Martinbrough is one of those artists that I like his work, but never thought he fit as a super-hero artist. This type of book fits his style better. He’s always been a good artist and this is no exception.

Thief Of Thieves #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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