Publish date: July 3, 2013 Publisher: Image Comics
Kirkman and Diggle do it again! Thief of Thieves #15 is wonderful and successfully delivers the consistent level of excellence that we have come to expect from this series. Andy Diggle was assigned the author role back in Thief of Thieves #14 in what is shaping up to be the most important chapter in Redmond’s story. As we’ve already seen from his experience writing fast-paced crime comics like Snapshotand The Losers, Diggle has been the perfect fit for this part of the story. If you need to get caught up with the plot then check out my review of Thief of Thieves #14.
Thief of Thieves #15 picks up right about where the previous issue left off and never seems to stop. Although not particularly action-packed, this story is in full-forward motion and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The anticipation is boiling as Redmond prepares for the most significant heist of his career in order to save his son’s life. Up until this point, we’ve only seen Redmond involved in some minor heists that have yet to reveal his true potential, so lying upon the brink of this massive Venice heist is incredibly exciting.
I’m discovering more and more that this series can be tough to review issue by issue since it feels more like a TV series than a comic book. Honestly, it’s this intertwining of the two mediums that makes this series so addicting. In this particular issue, Redmond finally caves in and reluctantly accepts the Venice job he has been blowing off since the start of the series. Once again he finds himself in a position with very few options as he struggles to pay off his son’s debts to the maniacal crime boss, Lola . Poor Redmond has been desperately looking for a way out of his life of crime, but unfortunately that life is not easily averted.Thief of Thieves #15 reintroduces some old familiar faces from the first story arc of the series as Redmond reunites with the original Venice team. It’s refreshing to see the group back together again, although some are understandably perturbed with Redmond after backing out of the Venice heist earlier in the series. I was particularly excited to see Celia, Redmond’s assistant, reappear in this issue. The wavering trust that exists between these two provides an intriguing dynamic that produces an equal amount of comfort and suspicion.
FBI Agent Cohen is presented as the main protagonist again in this issue and is just as obsessed with finding Redmond as before. She’s tried and failed so many times already that her endeavor risks becoming redundant, but I have enough faith in the creative team to know that they’ll handle her character wisely. I mean eventually she’s bound to get lucky, right?
Again, Shawn Martinbrough and Felix Serrano do what they do best and present the widescreen, cinematic feel that has become a staple of Thief of Thieves. Martinbrough’s use of heavy darks compliment Serrano’s vibrant colors so well. Thief of Thieves is hands down one of the most pleasing series to look at. It’s easy to appreciate the chemistry between these two artists since they constantly deliver the same level of quality issue after issue.
The most exciting thing about Thief of Thieves is the constant underlying feeling that Redmond has something up his sleeve; however, it’s been a while since we’ve seen any of Redmond’s master schemes unfold. Fortunately, this issue drops a nice subtle hint that something’s in the works, which has me stirring with curiosity. Thief of Thieves #15 leaves us on the edge of our seats and is overall a great addition to the series. If you’re looking to get into the series then I suggest starting with Thief of Thieves #14 since it’s the first part of this story arc, but ultimately I recommend picking up volume 1 and 2 of the trades to get the full experience. All in all, Thief of Thieves #15 was exactly what I was hoping for and is definitely a must read!
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