Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s “Velvet” #6 finds Velvet going on the offensive as she returns home and heads to the source to uncover the truth about her past and unravel her present nightmare. Thanks to a brilliant creative team, Velvet’s story continues to flourish beautifully.
Brubaker gives readers a greater picture of how Velvet came to run the Director’s desk, but more exciting is Velvet getting down to detective business as she examines her suspects. She continues to be a fascinating and layered character that readers haven’t quite seen before in comics. Since she’s been driving a desk for some time, she’s not up to speed when it comes to field work and it shows — she even acknowledges it in the text, and it’s a nice change of pace from the usual badass characters that do everything without effort and never screw up. Velvet feels magnificently human, and it’s one of the best things about her.
Epting continues to absolutely kill the artwork on this book, moving easily between Velvet in both her early years, and now — seizing upon the small differences in her face, her clothing, even her very presence on the page. He takes good care of Velvet in every way. Epting handles a quiet emotional scene with Velvet cleaning her gun with the same gusto that he attacks fight sequences and sweeping city vistas. The story flows naturally with an elegance that is masterful and an emotional punch that’s impressive.
Breitweiser’s colors are spectacular. Her night scenes especially have a glow about them; an energy and a pop that is both realistic and hypnotic. The tone she brings to every scene is wonderfully unique: a rain-drenched Prague in 1956 feels utterly different than her modern day London. Her colors have a rhythm and flow to them, effortlessly sliding from a quiet grey scene of Velvet alone in a room to the vibrant garish tones of a brothel.
Velvet has been strong from issue one and it shows no signs of stopping. Brubaker, Epting and Breitweiser together is combination simply beyond reproach, it’s magic, and thus so is Velvet.