Thief of Thieves #2


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Thief of Thieves #2


  • Words: Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer
  • Art: Shawn Martibrough
  • Colors: Felix Serrano
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2012

Kirkman and Spencer will surprise readers with the history of the world’s greatest thief.

With Thief of Thieves #2, co-writers Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer dig into the checkered past of  Conrad Paulson, better known by the criminal alias, Redmond.  The grimy qualities that made Paulson wholly interesting in issue #1 still remain, though behind the criminality and thievery now lies a much more complex character.

Kirkman and Spencer’s choice to have their main character “quit” his trade at the beginning of their story was certainly a bold twist, but with this issue’s back story added into the fold, the purpose of such a move becomes clear.  Over the course of an interwoven mix of present and past experiences, Paulson’s life of crime and family neglect is relived.  Kirkman and Spencer’s character work is quite solid, with new traits being exposed, while the leaving the core of Paulson untouched.  The master thief continues to drink heavily and is clearly guilty of taking his close relationships for granted, while a painful to witness scene with his ex-wife and former partner in crime reveals a damaging history of womanizing, restraining orders, and family drama.  Through it all, however, it is hard to not root for the man as he attempts to learn from his past, reconnect with his family, and leave the criminal world behind.

Thief of Thieves #2 quickly set off in an unexpected direction.  Behind an almost lethal heist scene readers will find the colored past of Conrad Paulson, making his yet-to-be-shown mistakes all the more damning.  Initially it appeared that the core of Thieves would be Paulson’s life of crime, but as the series progresses, it is entirely possible that his move to repair his life will become the central and most interesting aspect of the book.

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