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Review: Thief of Thieves #32

thief-of-thieves-32-theblerdgurl-review-insertConrad is a professional thief and he’s good. Very good. But to clear his conscience and make up for past deeds he only steals from thieves. If you have never read Thief of Thieves then this is definitely the issue for you to jump in on as it begins a new story arc. Previous issues had him rethinking his life choices and whether or not he should stay in the game. Now, he’s successfully doing what he does best and honoring his own moral code.
For those of you who are new to the Thief of Thieves verse, this comic book series is from Robert Kirkman’s (Walking Dead) Skybound Entertainment. Skybound is considered indie because they are an imprint of Image Comics. The series premiered in 2012 and features rotating writers, however, Shawn Martinbrough has been the artist for the entire run. (The series is also supposed to be in development on AMC so I’m really excited to see that).


This new arc introduces a couple of new characters who are not really interested in Conrad’s new job description or moral compass. They are, however, assembling a team of thieves for an unnamed mission, which in and of itself is interesting, because Conrad (even when forced) always plans his own ops and picks his own team. His former apprentice and now love interest Celia, “has his six” both on the job and off and is his unfiltered conscience on occasion. She’s always there for him, both figuratively and literally as is the case when a quick exit has him jumping out of a skyscraper with a previously stolen artifact unexpectedly.



Everything seems to be going well until Conrad’s new gig forces Conrad from being the cat who caught the canary to a mouse in a maze.

What I Think

thief-of-thieves-32-theblerdgurl-review-coverI am a fan of this series because no one is “powered”. It’s just good writing that plays out like episodic television. I like how Andy Diggle writes the banter between Celia and Conrad and how in a split second she can go from doting to deadly. I am a fan of his writing style because it’s not overly descriptive, but realistic and allows the reader to shift between the dialogue and Martinbrough’s artwork effortlessly.

I also enjoy how Martinbrough interprets action scenes*. The energy and direction that he puts into the line work seamlessly follow the action without missing any of the unfolding narrative. Adriano Lucas’ bold color palette only adds to the energy and gives the artwork a welcome dimension and give this work a look of it’s own.

Thief of Thieves is definitely a noir comic with enough violence and innuendo that I would not recommend it for kids, but teens and up can handle it. The Bond-like action scenes are drawn and written exceptionally well and although I miss Special Agent Elizabeth Cohen, (I hope to see her pop up somewhere in this arc) I’m excited to see this new turn and can’t wait to see how Conrad gets out of it.

* Definitely check out the fight scene he drew between Luke Cage and Tombstone in the rain in Luke Cage Noir as an example.

Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Shawn Martinbrough Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Editor: Jon Moisan Cover Art: Shawn Martinbrough & Adriano Lucas

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Preview: Thief Of Thieves #29

Thief Of Thieves #29

Story By: Andy Diggle
Art By: Shawn Martinbrough
Art By: Adriano Lucas
Cover By: Shawn Martinbrough
Cover By: Adriano Lucas
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150606
Published: June 24, 2015

One thief’s career is over while another’s just getting started.


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Secret_Wars_1_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Secret Wars #1 (Marvel) – Possibly the biggest event ever for the company starts here. It’ll reshape the Marvel Universe and here’s hoping it exceeds my expectations, which are admittedly low. Recent big events have been let downs. I’m crossing my fingers this one is the exception.

Afterlife with Archie #8 (Archie Comics) – Each issue entertain. And I still can’t believe I’m so hooked on an Archie comic. It’s fantastic horror, and the art is as solid as the writing.

Dead Drop #1 (Valiant) – Ales Kot puts together this series of connected stories featuring a big threat to the Valiant universe.

Descender #3 (Image) – A beautiful story about an android in a futuristic world. There’s an almost fairytale feel to it all. Not too late to start reading.

Nutmeg #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The first issue was absolutely fantastic. Two girls must deal with the popular girl in school. Yes, the comic is that simple.



Top Pick: Secret Wars #1 (Marvel)  – Marvel’s big crossover kicks off here.  Expect some of the ordinary and some of the new for this rebooted story.

Inhuman Annual #1 (Marvel) – The Inhumans have been picking up momentum for a while now at Marvel.  The Annual should work well to help keep that momentum going.

Swords of Sorrows #1 (Dynamite) – A combination of all the female superheroes from Dynamite should be interesting, even if the story sounds a little ordinary.

Thief of Thieves #28 (Skybound/Image Comics) – Is it payback time for the eponymous thief of thieves?  Cohen will return to challenge him.

The Wicked and The Divine #10 (Image Comics) – The Pantheon goes through their version of Ragnarok.


Preview: Thief Of Thieves #27

Thief Of Thieves #27

Story By: Andy Diggle
Art By: Shawn Martinbrough
Art By: Adriano Lucas
Cover By: Shawn Martinbrough
Cover By: Adriano Lucas
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150715
Published: March 25, 2015

There’s a new thief of thieves running things…


Preview: Thief Of Thieves #26

Thief Of Thieves #26

Story By: Andy Diggle
Art By: Shawn Martinbrough
Art By: Adriano Lucas
Cover By: Shawn Martinbrough
Cover By: Adriano Lucas
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC140768
Published: February 25, 2015

How does the world’s greatest thief relax? Even on vacation, Redmond is always working…


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

D4VE01cvrSUBWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett’s Picks

Top Pick: D4VE #1 (IDW Publishing/Monkeybrain Comics) – The digital comic comes to print, and hopefully more people will take a look and appreciate this series brilliance. It’s definitely a comic that’s been under the radar too long. The series is about a great robot war hero who is now trapped behind a desk at a soul-sucking day job.

The Black Hood #1 (Dark Circle Comics/Archie) – Archie is going dark and gritty with the relaunch of their former Red Circle line, now Dark Circle. The series is the launch of a new(ish) super hero line with some top notch creators behind it all.

Curb Stomp #1 (BOOM! Studios) – An unfortunate title for an otherwise good idea. The comic is basically The Warriors, but with a group of women.

Darth Vader #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic, and Marvel has knocked it out of the park so far with their relaunched Star Wars line of comics.

Fight Like a Girl #4 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The series is under the radar, and that’s too bad, because it’s really good. The comic follows a young girl who is fighting through video game like levels, including boss battles, to save her brother.

Gotham Academy #5 (DC Comics) – DC Comics’ saw a breath of fresh air with this series that focuses on some of the kids of Gotham. It’s a fantastic series that we wish we saw more of in the comic world.

Orphan Black #1 (IDW Publishing) – The popular television series comes to comics! The first issue adapts what’s come instead of adding upon what’s already happen. But, that’s ok! The more clones the better!

Princeless: The Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Two ass-kicking women is good. Even better, three ass-kicking women. The first issue returns to the fun, and socially relevant, that we’ve seen in the previous volumes. A fantastic series for kids and adults alike.

Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel) – The break out star of Marvel’s recent Spider-Verse storyline gets her own series. It’ll be interesting to see what we get, as well as where the series goes with the upcoming Secret War.

Suiciders #1 (Vertigo) – A new series by Vertigo? Yes please. This one has to deal with a earthquake ravaged Los Angeles which is now its own city where gladiator contests are held for entertainment.

George’s Picks

Top Pick- Batman #39 (DC Comics) This is the penultimate issue of “Endgame”. Part 5 of 6 of one of the best stories out in the market right now and one of the best Batman stories available. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo outdo themselves with each release and its the first book I grab when available. The art matches Snyder’s writing style perfectly and you can’t help but be sucked into the story of Batman and the Joker over and over again. Snyder/Capullo are definitely going full force with this and fans couldn’t be happier.

Amazing Spider-Man #15 (Marvel) Now that Spidey is officially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it would be a good idea to pick up the current book and catch up. The story line is great so far with #15 starting a new story arc after the incredible event of Spider-Verse ending with #14.

Chew #46 (Image Comics) – This story is coming to end shortly so anyone interested should catch up now. Its one of my favorite books to look forward to with each release and the story gets better with each chapter. You get rewarded for paying attention and the art is some of the coolest out there.

Darth Vader #2 – (Marvel) Issue #1 had me wondering how a book focusing on a villain would work, but then I read Darth Vader #1 and realized how incredible Vader’s journey is going to be. Issue #2 should continue his first amazing story arc as we see Vader go to any lengths to take down anyone that opposes him. His story is as rich as any Jedi’s and you won’t be disappointed with the illustrations of all the elements of the Empire we don’t usually see in a Jedi story.

Thief of Thieves #26 (Image Comics) – The latest story arc starts here so new readers can jump on and have a great new book to add to their list. This book started out as Robert Kirkman’s, which he then passed on to Andy Diggle who has done an exceptional job with the story. AMC is rumored to make this into a TV series so there’s another reason to pick this book up.


Preview: Thief Of Thieves #23

Thief Of Thieves #23

Story By: Andy Diggle
Art By: Shawn Martinbrough
Art By: Adrianos Lucas
Cover By: Shawn Martinbrough
Cover By: Adriano Lucas
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140738
Published: August 13, 2014

When shots are fired in the Cartel/Mob war, will Conrad steal something he never has before—a human life?


Skybound and Humble Bundle’s Walking Dead Package

humble bundle walking deadHumble Bundle actually has two comic packages running today. Earlier we posted about the IDW/Transformers one, but Skybound is also in on the action with a package packed with comics from The Walking Dead and a few of their other series like Ghosted and Invincible.

Humble Bundle works by having individuals pledge whatever amount they want, split between various things. In this case it’s Humble Bundle, Skybound, and three different charities, Penny Harvest, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, and Indie Cade Foundation. You can give it all to one, just a few, or split among them all.

This has some interesting tiers too. If you pledge $40, you get a t-shirt, and volume 20 of The Walking Dead. For $65, you get a limited edition Negan figure.

This is a great way to get all kinds of cool stuff, and support a charity!

Preview: Thief Of Thieves #22

Thief Of Thieves #22

Story By: Andy Diggle
Art By: Shawn Martinbrough
Colored By: Adriano Lucas
Cover By: Shawn Martinbrough
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140610
Published: July 2, 2014

THE HIT LIST continues as Conrad chooses sides in the Cartel/Mob war…and makes a dangerous new ally.


Review and Recap: Thief of Thieves #21

ThiefofThieves21_Cover“Wake up, Conrad. It’ll never be over.”
– Audrey

Thief of Thieves #21 continues the relentless story of Conrad Paulson with the second issue of the fourth arc that is aptly titled ‘The Hit List’. Writer Andy Diggle is creating a darker world for Conrad to navigate through and, to be honest, I had always imagined this series to go down a more shadowy and murky avenue from the start with its unique storyline. This issue shows us just how deadly Conrad’s world can be as the crime war he is involved in heats up. The best part is Lola’s back story is revealed…well, just the part about how he got his name, but it’s awesome.

When I first read about Thief of Thieves’ release it was at the same time I read about it being picked up by AMC for a potential series. At first, I thought it would be sort of an “Ocean’s Eleven” type story with its perfectly timed comedic elements, a dash of drama and tons of action sequences as our anti-hero, Conrad, pulls off another unbelievable heist. It has become so much more than that with each subsequent arc and The Hit List is proof of just how far the creators are willing to go to bring us great stories.

Spoilers for Thief of Thieves #21 Below

Issue #21 intends to create a darker path for Conrad and the supporting characters to go down, hopefully showing us a side to Conrad we haven’t seen before. Now that the crime war has hit close to home, Conrad has no choice but to exact revenge on those that have wronged him and his family. I can only imagine how great the following are going to be as we follow him down this road to revenge. The issue is a great continuation to last issues set up for this arc. Learning more about Lola, one of my favorite villains, is another great bonus. His back story in this issue reveals how he got his name and it was extreme to say the least, but something you would expect from Lola.

A review about Thief of Thieves would not be complete without talking about the amazing illustrations by Shawn Martinbrough. He draws Conrad’s emotions so well it makes the story so believable and the characters so real. By adding that extra dimension it truly separates Thief of Thieves from other comics and this issue has plenty of emotion to show. We possibly see Conrad at his lowest point of the series and Diggle and Martinbrough continue to make Thief of Thieves appear fresh and new with each arc. Issue #21 is a definite ‘buy’ and coupled with Issue #20 would be a great jumping on point for any new reader.

Thoughts and Discussion – Spoilers Warning

– Do you really think Audrey and Augustus were on that boat?

– How did the Italians know where Conrad’s boat was located if he rigged the GPS? Could Arno possibly have something to with it?

– I’m really excited for this arc. Conrad using his unique talents and abilities to get revenge is going to make an awesome story going forward.

Thank you for checking out my Review! Please comment below to discuss the issue further!

Created By: Robert Kirkman – Writer: Andy Diggle – Artist: Shawn Martinbrough – Colorist: Adriano Lucas – Cover: Shawn Martinbrough & Felix Serrano – Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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