Thief of Thieves #1


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Thief of Thieves #1


  • Words: Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer
  • Art: Shawn Martinbrough
  • Colors: Felix Serrano
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2012

Welcome to the life of the world's greatest thief.

Two of Image Comics' most popular writers combine to pen the tale of the world’s greatest thief in Thief of Thieves.  Taking a break from the zombie apocalypse and from psychedelic mind-benders are Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer, who instead ramp up the thievery, cunning, and craft of their new characters.  Following Redmond and his apprentice Celia, Kirkman and Spencer have set off in an unexpected direction for the first step in their new series.

Though Kirkman and Spencer hit some of the necessary steps as they introduce Redmond, the world’s greatest thief, and his apprentice Celia, the two characters are interesting, quirky, and human enough to keep the pages turning quickly.  Celia is quite humorous and fun, but her motives for joining the criminal underground are without-a-doubt the most interesting and relatable aspect of her.  Redmond, on the other hand, is at first glance a typical gruff and tough thief who has seen better days, though after some careful exploration, the world’s greatest thief is far from an average character.  Worn out and perhaps jaded, Redmond is on the verge of alienating several of his most wealthy financial backers just before the biggest heist of his life, making the cliffhanger to Thief of Thieves #1 as much of a great character moment and it is a plot point.

With the majority of Thief of Thieves #1 resting upon the main characters, Kirkman and Spencer found a perfect art team in artist Shawn Martinbrough and colorist Felix Serrano.  Celia’s transformation from angst-ridden amateur thief to apprentice, for example, is clearly reflected in her facial expressions, which begin with rigid teeth-grinding frowns and end with confident and elegant smiles.  Beyond the pencil work, moreover, Serrano makes full use of a variety of colors, with each scene benefiting from its own color palette.  The range of colors, from red interrogation rooms, to orange party scenes, and more, kept each scene from looking stale or recycled. 

Thief of Thieves #1 is a great character focused introduction to Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer’s new title.  The pair of Redmond and Celia keeps the story fun, as their banter offers several humorous moments, while also highlighting their skill and cunning as thieves.  As Redmond made possibly the biggest mistake of his career at issue’s end, there is no telling where Thief of Thieves is heading.

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  • GoblinQueen

    GoblinQueen Feb 13, 2012 at 4:39pm

    Shawn is a great artist BUT Felix Serrano colored the book.

  • GoblinQueen

    GoblinQueen Feb 13, 2012 at 4:49pm


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