Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quick Look: Thief of Thieves Vol. 1

     Released last week was the first trade collecting issues #1-7 of the new series'Thief of Thieves' by Robert Kirkman & Nick Spencer.

     Kirkman is best known as the creator of the hit comic series 'The Walking Dead' and 'Invincible' for Image Comics. Nick Spencer is a writer who has worked on a range of things with Image, DC and Marvel Comics and is the creator of 'Morning Glories.'

     Thief of Thieves is a realistic diversion from the fantastical superhero universe of 'Invincible,' the post-apocalyptic Zombie infested cities of 'Walking Dead', and the supernatural mystery of 'Morning Glories.' It tells us the story of a master thief, Conrad Paulson, who goes by the alias 'Redmond.' Redmond has long evaded the authorities and pulled off some of the greatest heists ever known. It was a life he loved... but came at a heavy cost. Conrad ruined his marriage, saw people he loved die, and now his son is in prison for imitating his father.

     In order for Conrad to pull his life together again, he retired from crime. But with his wife divorced and with the F.B.I. constantly breathing down his neck and pressuring his son to provide evidence against his father, things simply aren't looking good. And if those weren't enough problems... Conrad's old partners in crime aren't happy with his retirement; especially because he was in the process of planing out the biggest crime of the century with them before he dropped out. Now they want him back and they'll do whatever it takes. But has an opportunity opened up whereby Conrad can solve all these problems at once by becoming a thief once again?

     Thief of Thieves is a straightforward story in the same vein as something like Ocean's Eleven. While the focus is on one character, Conrad, who is for all intents and purposes the George Clooney of the story, he's also surrounded by a cast of other interesting characters. Notably his protege, Celia, who he trained to become a thief herself and who sees him as more than just a mentor. And a F.B.I. agent, Elizabeth,  who is a cunning woman looking to further her career by bending any rules she can to catch him. The story flips back and forth from the present to moments in the past, playing its cards close to its chest until it's ready to show a full hand with regards to character and criminal intentions and their methodology. The dialogue is witty with plenty of surprising moments, and the story comes with good doses of drama and humor all illustrated cleanly and efficiently by artist Shawn Martinbrough and colorist Felix Serrano.

     If you're into fun crime dramas of the cat and mouse variety, then drop by our store to pick up 'Thief of Thieves' Volume 1. It's available at the U.S. Cover price and when combined with our Free ongoing Rewards program will make it a better steal compared to most other places!