The GeeksverseSteed and Peel #2

Steed and Peel #2
Published on Friday, March 2, 2012 by

There is a reason that Steed and Peel are iconic TV spy-fi characters.They are great representations of both science and spies…and Emma Peel doesn’t hurt. Grant Morrison is taking a new spin on this old classic. Grant Morrison both delights and horrifies comic fans with his odd  take on the superhero genre.

Written by Grant Morrison
Drawn by Ian Gibson
Letter Elle DeVille
Covers Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

The Official Sales Pitch:

From the one and only Grant Morrison — “The Golden Game Part Two: Hare and Hounds!” Your favorite Avengers John Steed and Emma Peel continue the search for Tara King, who was kidnapped by a mysterious organization. The reunion kicks into high gear, featuring gorgeous art from Ian Gibson, best known for his work with Alan Moore on “The Ballad of Halo Jones.” The original British TV series The Avengers helped define the “Spy-Fi” genre: from January 1961 to May 1969, for 161 episodes, The Avengers was a staple of fandom, one of the longest-running hit espionage series alongside Mission Impossible and a small screen counterpart to that other famous United Kingdom spy, James Bond! A science fiction/spy fiction mash-up from Grant Morrison and two of TV’s most iconic heroes!

My Two Cents:

I’m going to sit back and eat ice cream in honor of the cold war, because the cold war provided the best back drop for spy stories, with nearly every country keeping tabs on every other country.

This issue seems to be set oddly with John Steed going undercover into an exclusive club of game makers. The exclusive club has already denied membership to the maker of Chutes and Snakes, but Steed finds a way in. Of course he’s working on a case and quickly finds an insider. Of course the board and card games are only a facade for nuclear arms.  It is an odd mix but it works in a “TV Magic” manner.

I know the Avengers and Steed and Peel from the remake movie and have only watched a few of the original shows in rerun. I can’t tell if Morrison is staying true to the characters or not. One of the recurring complaints about Morrison’s recent Bat-run was that it was overly wild for a Bat-title.  This comic seems well crafted and a nice blend of science fiction, fantasy, and spy wannabe reality.

Ian Gibson’s art is interesting. It is sparse but well pointed, yet it is still an odd look for a spy book. The colors add a softness. The overall package is nice but it takes a moment to settled in.

Gibson and Morrison create a nice package that makes me want to come back for more next issue.

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