The GeeksverseSteed and Mrs. Peel #0

Steed and Mrs. Peel #0
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by

The British Avengers are back again as Boom! continues the adventures of Steed and Mrs. Peel. This time Mark Waid is writing the adventure of the dynamic duo.I grew up reading Mark Waid and didn’t even know it. Before I paid attention to creator names in comics, most of my favorite comics were being written by Mark Waid. Since discovering that he penned my youthful comic reading I have jumped heartedly into his recent projects. He’s still got it after all these years.

Steed and Mrs. Peel are needed again. England’s greatest spy duo finds that the Hellfire Club has reformed, no longer looking to the past, but instead determined to bend the British Isles to their warped version of the “future”. Their first target is right in the heart of London – – are John Steed & Emma Peel ready for the unorthodox foes? Find out as legendary writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, IRREDEEMABLE) leads the iconic super spies into ALL-NEW adventures. A bold new chapter ties into the fan-favorite episode “A Touch of Brimstone,” the original inspiration for the Hellfire Club and Black Queen from the X-MEN!

The solicitation hype announces that the episode that inspired this comic also inspired Marvels characters. I’ve watched some of the old tv show but I’m not an expert. I vaguely remember watching the Sean Connery remake movie with only a haze of catsuit and no memory of the villain or plot. As a relatively new Steed and Mrs. Peel fan I cannot speak to what the Avengers have done in the past. The oldest incarnation that I knowledgeably know was the last comic series.

The last series was fun but may have suffered from writers changing mid stream. It pulled together in the end and was a fun read that I reviewed favorably, but it created a chaotic world of Grant Morrison and post-Grant Morrison. Anne Caulfield and Ian Gibson did a nice job trying to resolve what Morrison had started into some semblance of a cohesive whole. Hopefully Mark Waid is in a position to stick around and see this project to the end. His history with Boom! suggests that he will.

Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Steve Bryant
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Phil Noto
COVER B: Joshua Covey
Covers A-H give plenty of front display options.

The classic sci-fi element to this book is hilarious in a fun way. The villains are faking the future with over sized year 2000 computer machines, a woman dressed as a robot, and other tongue and cheek low budget sci-fi nods that feel at home in Avengers or Adam West era Batman. It is fun. It also reminds me of Strenko’s run on Nick Fury. Jaunty Jim Strenko had fun with the technology of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a similar way to how Steve Bryant and Mark Waid are having fun with the back to the future retro vision of the future.

This is a great zero issue. It is a stand alone adventure that resolves itself quickly and neatly. Thus it is a great jumping on point for new readers that aren’t familiar with the world. This issue also sets up the conflict to come in the series so it can hook a reader into their next Boom! purchase.

Steed and Mrs. Peel #0 may be a classic being revamped for a modern age, but it still stands out in the 8/29 Boom! releases that include the final issue of Valen the Outcast, Higher Earth, and Hellraiser. While barbarians, capes, and horror/mystery titles are not rare from any comic company the spy thriller genre is one that doesn’t receive as many full color pages as it once did. Mark Waid seems to be fitting into that world well.





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