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Pick(s) of the Week: Velvet #1 and so many more…

velvet01_coverWhen the world’s best secret agent is killed, Velvet Templeton, the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Agency, is drawn off her desk and back into the field for the first time in nearly 20 years… and is immediately caught in a web of mystery, murder and high-octane action.

Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting is a match made in heaven with skills and styles that complement each other. They’ve shown what they can do with slow burn thrillers when they teamed up on Captain America: Winter Soldier and that similar style resurfaces here for an engaging and fun spy series set in the 1970s. With the two working on this new series, it was kind of hard to not have Velvet #1 top our picks for the week.

Sexy and provocative, with a dark twist on the spy genre, this EXTRA-LENGTH first issue by two of the industry’s best-selling creators will knock you out!

Check out below for more of our picks.

Brett:

Top Pick: Velvet #1 (Image Comics) – My thoughts are above, but I’ve read the first issue and it’s fantastic. A must buy for folks into spy-thrillers.

Bravest Warriors #13 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – There are few comics that consistently get me to laugh out loud every single issue. This is a series perfect for the family, as long as all of the family is demented.

Death Sentence #2 (Titan Comics) – Monty Nero killed it on the first issue that saw a disease that grants you powers, but you also die in 6 months. The series looks like it’ll be an underground buzzed about book.

Samurai Jack #1 (IDW Publishing) – The cartoon classic comes to comics written by Jim Zub!

Uncanny #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Andy Diggle is giving us solid pulp/noirish fun in this series that mixes powers with a thriller.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: Wasteland Apocalyptic Edition Vol. 3 (Oni Press) – This post apocalyptic series is one that deserves much more praise from the crowd, but for some reason it continues to fly under the radar. You can catch up here with this massive volume.

Scott:

Top Pick: Pretty Deadly #1 (Image Comics) – I love me a western, and this book is set in the Wild West and the main character is Death’s daughter. What more could I ask for? The fact that it’s from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios is just icing.

Velvet #1 (Image Comics) – In my eyes, as the creator of Criminal, Fatale, and Gotham Central, Ed Brubaker can do no wrong. Here we have him writing a series about a spy in the 1970s, which seems like something he’ll be great at. Plus, he’s back with his Captain America partner Steve Epting, which means that the story and art will exquisitely work together.

Sex Criminals #2 (Image Comics) – Matt Fraction is great at dialogue, so it comes as no surprise that the back and forth between the two main characters is so strong, entertaining, and inviting in a way that makes me want to read it over and over again.

Rat Queens #2 (Image Comics) – It’s just fun. The debut was fun; this issue is fun; it’s all fun. Ridiculous of course, but ridiculously fun. Did I mention how fun this series is?