Comic Review: Thief of Thieves #1

Story: Robert Kirkman

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artist: Shawn Martinbrough

Colorist: Felix Serrano

Letterer: Rus Wooton

Thief of Thieves tells the story of Redmond, a master thief, as he reluctantly goes from one job to the next. He is joined by his sidekick of sorts, Celia. She is learning the trade under Redmond.

Here’s a big warning for anyone who is looking into this book. The solicit description is oddly specific. It goes over a number of plot points, none of which actually happen over the course of the first issue. It reads more like a general pitch of the entire run so avoid it if possible. The first issue is a fairly bare bones issue, as far as the big picture goes. We only get to see the tail end of a heist and flashback to how Redmond and Celia meet.

Don’t get me wrong, it works for what it is: an introductory issue. Without too much exposition or narration, it effectively characterizes Redmond and Celia making them instantly likable and easy to relate to. It is clear, for instance, that Redmond has been at it for a very long time. He doesn’t bounce back as fast as he used to, but it hasn’t slowed him down any. After Redmond and Celia’s chance encounter, it goes back to the present day where Redmond is being forced into the next job. I just wish it pushed the boundaries a little more. This issue’s story is very generic.

There is two thing that really make it read better than any other generic heist yarn though. One is the dialog. It is clever and witty. It has the kind of flow you might find in a Tarantino flick but without all the vulgarity and esoteric slang. The other is the art. Almost all of the panels reach across the page granting epic scope to another wise minimalist plot. The art is characterized with thick exterior lines and strategic interior details. It actually seems similar to paperback noir covers, especially when it holds back with the amount of colors.

Thief of Thieves is a good first issue, not great. It could have done a little more to grab the reader’s attention from the get-go, but it shows a lot of potential and promise for its future. Its crap-hitting-the-fan cliffhanger is sure to make for issues and issues of problems for a character that you quickly learn to love. If nothing else, the innate charm presented in the characterization will keep you coming back for more.

Rating: 7/10