Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard anything about this book until this week. With such quality new books spouting out of Image over the last few years I make a good attempt of keeping in check. I’m not the biggest Kirkman fan (not that I haven’t really liked everything of his I’ve read, I just haven’t read enough yet to decide how he is overall. Yet to start Invincible if you can believe it) but there is expectation with his name on a book. He’s plotted this and left the writing duties to Morning Glories ace, Nick Spencer. Two names you expect a certain quality from.
As the name suggests, this is a book about a thief, Redmond. Also, some other thieves. It’s a heist book to be more specific. The book opens with Redmond botching a particular venture aboard a cruise liner, or so it would seem, as it’s revealed he has help with him.
For the most part, the issue flows well. Quickly we form ideas on the characters, Redmond and his apprentice, Celia. We see how they work together in present time and also, in a flash back, of how they initially met. What struck accord with me was how different Celia is and was, which should be an interesting aspect to follow as the book progresses.
The art from Shawn Martinbrough is strong and vivid, suiting the book’s vibe well and helps create the overall Italian Job vibe, that it surely can’t escape. Felix Serrano’s colors were also worth mentioning. Nice atmospheric effects.
I liked the issue but not the ending which was underwhelming to be honest. I felt they’d already expressed this idea subtly which lessened it once delivered. (Leave a comment with your thoughts on this point if you’ve read the issue) Still, I’ll be catching issue 2 as I do feel this book is heading somewhere.
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