Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men (2015) Brubaker, Epting, Breitweiser

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Velvet, Vol. 2: The Secret Lives of Dead Men (2015) Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser (Image)
Trade paperback, 128 pages
ISBN 9781632152343
Retail $14.99

People have noted that the best espionage novelists have actually worked in the intelligence field: Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, John le Carré, to name a few. I don’t know if Ed Brubaker has a background in espionage, but then again, that wouldn’t exactly appear on his resume, would it? If Velvet is any indication, Brubaker has at least read a lot of spy stories, watched a lot of espionage films, and done his homework. Of course it doesn’t hurt that he’s a damn good writer.

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Criminal , Volume 1: Coward (2006/2015) Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

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One of the greatest pleasures of getting back into comics a few years ago was reading the entire Criminal series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (followed by reading everything else I could get my hands on by this creative team). Even if you’re not a fan of comics/graphic novels but enjoy noir films or crime stories – or just plain good storytelling – you should check out Coward, the first volume in the series, which was just reissued last month from Image. You can read my full review over at The Comics Alternative.