Volume 2 of Velvet picks up right where the first volume left off, with our heroine in deep sheep dip. The onion of lies and double crosses are peeled back as she tries to throw off her pursuers, and stay alive. This comic is great. It feels like great spy adventure film put down on the comic page.
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting (along with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser) have crafted an awesome Cold War comic. Definitely a ‘page turner.’ I really enjoy the shades of grey the characters live with. Nobody is innocent; everyone is potentially a monster. This is not the sort of thing you get from the big 2 comic companies. Everything feels like it means something. Each death is brutal, ugly, and final. The threat of violence hangs over every encounter. It’s clear that nobody is safe.
I can not recommend Velvet highly enough. This is a prime example that comics can be far more than spandex and explosions. It’s adult fare, with complex characters, and a twisting plot. I would love to see this done as a film. The time period, the locations, the characters. This could make a seriously badass film, as it’s already made a badass comic.