Review: Thief of Thieves #27


Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Andy Diggle
Art, Cover: Shawn Martinbrough
Colours: Adriano Lucas
Lettering: Rus Wooton


In issue #26 of Thief of Thieves, Celia – a former associate of master thief Conrad Paulson – met up with him finding out that he has decided to retire. They agree that she will be using his alias (Redmond), pretending before the whole world that the person behind the thefts she will be organising is the very same.

This issue opens with a newsflash: Paulson has been awarded a huge amount of money after having been wrongfully arrested by the FBI – twice. The agent who arrested him on both occasions, Elizabeth Cohen, has been fired by the Bureau; we find her in her living room, swearing at the television and applying for a Private Investigator license.


Meanwhile, Celia visits her sister who is looking after her (I mean Celia’s) very young son.

Once again, author Andy Diggle seems to be playing with the reader. In the previous issue, several situations that might (or might not) have turned out to be dangerous for the characters involved ended up being pretty mundane; will the same happen in this #27? Sure this issue starts pretty slow, but the pace does change as we carry on reading.

Shawn Martinbourgh’s art is slightly old fashioned (in a good way), close to what you’d maybe expect in a 1970s book. And Thief of Thieves undoubtedly has a very peculiar aura, it feels like… well, like something straight out of a 1990s film set in the 1970s or 1980s – despite all the technology being present-day stuff. I hope that makes sense.


The colours, instead, give me the idea that in every single scene, even in those set in darker rooms, it is unbelievably hot. I’d compare this to the effect given (by the lighting and the choice of colours) in most CSI: Miami episodes (hey, I’m on a roll with slightly odd examples today).

Issue #26 pretty much reset the whole backstory of Thief of Thieves, and this new book shows us that… well, it is not so easy to turn a new leaf. Extremely exciting stuff is going to happen soon.