One of the things that I must say about this title is that the two covers we’ve seen so far are really cool. This is issue #2 of Thief of Thieves. Of course, the logo is quite nice – the hand reaching out as if to pluck fine art from a wall is fun as heck. But I like how the covers are not cluttered (Cp. Justice League #7) and yet have a good amount of intrigue built in to them. It’s just enough to make it seem really interesting even if you are a person who only reads comics about superheroes wearing capes. I like the jewelry and money floating around this cover. I like the dude in the mask with the other dude holding a gun. I think it definitely makes a reader see this on the shelf and want to find out what’s beyond the cover.
The story is co-written by Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer. The artist is Shawn Martinbrough with colors by Felix Serrano. I think the artwork is the thing to really praise in this issue, much like the last issue. Yes, it does look like this comic was made to be turned into a film project. The artwork is bold and heavy, with plenty of space – no cluttering. Some of the frames are a little empty – I feel they are a little too close to the border of unfinished. Most of the time, however, this clear and free artwork causes the focus to really land heavily on the individual main characters. Martinbrough draws faces up-close, bright, and expressive. In some places, I feel there are two or three frames to show a scene, when really one or two would do. But I guess that’s the “cinema-feel” that the creators are aiming for.
For example, the last three pages of the issue could have been trimmed down to a page and a half, really. I mean, it’s a very obvious and stereotypical plot device and probably doesn’t need that much paging to show it. Even if the artwork is super pretty.
This issue’s story is built around the history between Conrad and his (ex?) wife Audrey. The story bounces smoothly between the present time and the past. In the scenes depicting the past, we get to see some action scenes involving the thieving that we’ve all been hearing about. Even so, the majority of the issue is dramatic tension. There is not an overabundance of dialogue, so the reader really has to try to get in the scene, guided by the artist. Overall, I think the story has potential, but maybe it needs a little more weight. The artwork is excellent, though, and I’ll be back for issue #3.
In any case, drama is cool, showing us the background of characters is excellent, but there needs to be a little more present-day action or something, or this could get boring quickly.