Publish date: May 29, 2013 Publisher: Image Comics
Thief of Thieves has been taking the independent comic world by storm. Its popularity has been growing consistently throughout this past year. Robert Kirkman’s name being attached to the series was a nice little boost, of course, but the exceptional writing, cinematic mood, and brilliant illustrations has truly been the driving force behind this powerhouse series. Thief of Thieves #14 proves to be everything you’d expect from this fantastic series.
For those of you dragging your feet, Thief of Thieves is an incredibly cinematic tale of Conrad Paulson, a master thief known as Redmond, who wants nothing more than to leave his life of thievery behind. You can imagine how the best thief in the world “putting in his two weeks notice” would be received. It’s only natural that every bitter skeleton Redmond has ever crammed into his closet is antsy to come out, right? From a persistent FBI agent to vicious crime lords, Redmond finds himself in a world of loose strings in need of being tied. Perhaps the most tattered of strings involves his very own defiant son, Augustus, who suffers from the classic “Father’s Daunting Shadow” syndrome.
The father/son storyline has been building for some time in Thief of Thieves, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Issue #14 brings in the exceptional Andy Diggle to captain the writer’s quarters, and picks up right where issue #13 left off. Diggle’s run on the series couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. His ability to tell a fast-paced and exciting nail-biter exceeds most, but where his true talent lies is in his ability to simultaneously and effectively develop relationships between characters.
Often, in a fast-paced series, it can become increasingly difficult to achieve a much-needed emotional connection with characters. Diggle as no problem doing this, however, which is why I can only assume Kirkman has brought him on board for this part of Redmond’s story. Redmond and Augustus have had a blatantly rocky relationship. In this issue we really begin to explore more of their past, as well as the emotional toll that the situation has on the typically placid Redmond.
Although Redmond is the perfect thief, he is far from being the perfect father. Over the years he has masked his necessity to protect his family with the charade of a constantly disappointed, absentee father. In Thief of Thieves #14 we see the eternal struggle that is wearing on him. Redmond comes closer to his breaking point because now protecting his family indirectly is no longer an option. Every action that he makes from here on out will directly determine his son’s fate. It’s some emotionally gripping stuff.
The fact that Augustus is being held by undeniably the most sinister and threatening character of the series does not serve Redmond well. I feel like the crime boss, Lola, is to Thief of Thieves what the Governor was to The Walking Dead. Lola has no qualms with dismembering a human body while the person is still breathing. He’s a man who knows what he wants, will take what he wants, and will permit absolutely zero disrespect. He’s terrifying to be honest. The fact that Augustus remains in the sadistic care of Lola and his crew will prove to be the most difficult test Redmond has ever had to endure.
I have been incredibly anxious about this storyarc and so far my expectations have been met. With the all-star team of Diggle and Kirkman manning the story while Martinbrough and Serrano persist with their defining illustrations and cinematic paneling, this storyarc may very well become the best of the series thus far. Thief of Thieves is what storytelling is all about, so go ahead and get on down to your local comic book shop and pick up Thief of Thieves #14! And don’t forget to check out the Thief of Thieves trades #1 and #2 for the story thus far.
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Summary:AMAZING: The stakes have never been higher for the master thief, Redmond, as he fights to save his son. Exceptional author, Andy Diggle, joins forces with illustrators Shawn Martinbrough and Felix Serrano at the beginning of this thrilling third storyarc!