The GeeksverseSteed & Mrs. Peel #1-6

Steed & Mrs. Peel #1-6
Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by

A-Team, Expendables, G.I.Joe, James Bond, Jon Sable, Queen & Country, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Operation: Broken Wings would be a list of espionage comics in alphabetical order that could have begun and ended with Boom!s Steed & Mrs. Peel.

Steed & Mrs. Peel #6

Written by Anne Caulfield
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Ian Gibson COVER B: Ian Gibson
“The Deadly Rainbow” continues! Emma Peel has been reunited with her husband — but if they aren’t careful, they’ll both be gone forever! Who — or what — followed Emma’s husband back from the jungle? Anne Caufield and Ian Gibson bring swinging spy action back — you don’t want to miss it!

Being burnt out on most superhero comics I have been looking for the genre that can hold my interest. At the moment spy thrillers are where I am getting my kicks. I am still playing hide-n-seek with back issue bins looking for teh complete 90s Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. which started with Bob Harras. According to the letters page Harras wanted a spandex free spy story, which would up using Captain America within the first 10 issues.It is fun but the Jim Strenk0 version is just as much fun. I’ve been looking for something satisfying and contemporary.

I searched the all-powerful Amazon.com for espionage comic books. That list included Queen & Country, Bond, Sable, The Losers, 2 Guns, Chechen Guerrillas, The Hunting Party, but not Steed & Mrs. Peel which should have made the list.

This series started under the pen of Grant Morrison in #1. Morrison was on the series for the first four books before Anne Caulfield took over writing duties.

Ian Gibson has been the consistent member of the team on artistic duty. Gibson captures the suave style of story telling that looks at first like a contemporary of Jim Strenko’s S.H.I.E.L.D..  The cool and sassy vibe of the book is a huge selling point looking dated and new at the same time.

Tennessee Williams said that trust was our only weapon against treachery. In a spy book trust and treachery are the norm.

This tale of spy games takes a bizarre bent with a cast of game players and game designers that die mysteriously leading back to one master of the games. It is a tale that becomes stranger and stranger as it unfolds.

As a six part story arc, clearly denoted by 1 of 6, 2 of 6, etc., the first mystery seemingly ends in the fourth issue leaving the fifth and sixth refocusing.  It is an interesting set that will read fine but interestingly in a trade collection in the future. I have yet to read an announcement about a trade collection but it does seem inevitable in this day and age.

This Avengers based series works well if you’ve seen the Sean Connery movie, the old series, or none of it at all. If you haven’t sought out this series yet, then you should.

 

 

 

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