Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thief of Thieves #3

Written by Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer
Art by Shawn Martinbrough

Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer have really been taking their time building up this new series.  From the first issue, it seemed that the story would simply be about a master thief who was looking to retire from his life of crime, and it looked like his colleagues weren't going to allow him to bow out.  The second issue introduced Redmond's ex-wife, and showed a slightly different side of him.

This issue turns things around a little further, as a couple of new characters are introduced.  At the beginning of the comic, Redmond wakes up to find a woman making him breakfast.  This is not a girlfriend or lover, but instead an FBI agent who has been pursuing Redmond for years.  They have an interesting, casual relationship considering how they know each other, and their conversation fills in a few more details about Redmond's life.  We learn that he has been living in a house that he bought fully furnished after a family died, and he has never removed their photos or personal effects.

This issue also establishes that the FBI agent has gotten herself in trouble a few times while pursuing Redmond.  This is not exactly a new approach to stories like this, but Kirkman and Spencer are adding a few new wrinkles in the way they tell the story.  The addition of Redmond's son into the mix will only continue to make things more interesting.

That said, I feel like this series needs to speed up a little, now that so many of these characters have been brought into the story. 

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