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Comic Review: Thief of Thieves

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Posted September 13, 2012 by Will Fitzgerald in Crime
Thief Of Thieves

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Colourist: Felix Serrano
 
Letterer: Rus Wooton
 
Available: Now
 

Pros:

An entertaining heist story.
 

Cons:

Flirts heavily with cliché
 

The creator of The Walking Dead turns his hand to a heist story. Volume One of ‘Thief of Thieves’ was released last week by Image Comics and Will had a look see.

by Will Fitzgerald
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This latest graphic crime saga is from Robert ‘The Walking Dead’ Kirkman and features a rotating staff of writers that pen the individual arcs of Kirkman’s larger plotline. Art is by Shawn Martinbrough and this first collection was written by Nick Spencer, whose own series, Morning Glories is a perennial hit.

Thief of Thieves centres on Conrad Paulson, aka master thief, ‘Redmond.’ He wants to leave the underworld behind after his latest big score but (just when he think he’s out…) gets dragged back in when his pursuer, FBI Agent Cohen, hangs a wrap on his son instead. Redmond has to assemble a team to pull off another heist and keep one step ahead of the dogged agent Cohen to keep his promise to his ex-wife and save his son.

Thief of Thieves is a better book than its familiar premise. It plays nicely with non-linear storytelling and has enough style to stand amongst the good heist stories out there. The scenes between Redmond and Agent Cohen are effervescent with chemistry and there’s just enough layers added to Redmond and the supporting players via flashback to keep it out of the realm of cliché, or at least make you not care.

Ultimately, despite a satisfying ending, it sacrifices more on character for style but this is just the opening story of an ongoing series. If the incumbent writers don’t follow up more on the supporting team players, especially the stand out Agent Cohen, it should be re-considered why they got the gig. The other female characters have mostly already been reduced to sex kitten status, unfortunately.

With each story presumably featuring another heist, the writers’ set up will hopefully make for an interesting game of one-upmanship. Shawn Martinbrough looks set to be the permanent artist and his cinematic style with repeated ‘widescreen’ panels is just the kind of sleek the script is trying to pull off. He also does an excellent job with the rough-hewn, morally ambiguous Redmond, making him look like a real Westlake character.

Robert Kirkman seems to be trying to turn the success of The Walking Dead into a formula: take your sub-genre of choice and aggrandise it into an epic of your own style, in this case, a heist saga. Whispers already float in the ether about an AMC series based on Thief of Thieves. Well, the comic is worth checking out anyway. Volume One collects the first seven issues; it’s not knock-out stuff but you’ll want to read more.


About the Author

Will Fitzgerald

Film freelancer and comics enthusiast, Will tried to coin the term 'quarter-life crisis' but a younger, more successful twenty-something beat him to it.

  • http://twitter.com/Fearganainim Fearganainim

    Well I need something to keep me amused while awaiting Locke and Keys return. Good review.

  • http://twitter.com/notRuairi Rú Hickson

    I like the sound of it, and if that picture is anything to go by, it’s good to see Kirkman doesn’t just vomit dialogue over this comic. We’re really spoiled when it comes to modern crime comics by 100 Bullets. It’s easy to see the attraction of this to AMC too, the story kind of begs to be televised.

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