Thief of Thieves #1

Thief of Thieves #1

Writer: Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer Artist: Shawn Martinbrough Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 8, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 1
7.0Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can't steal, nothing he can't have... except for the life he left behind. Now, with a grown son he hardly knows, and an ex-wife he never stopped loving, Conrad must try to piece together what's left of his life, before the FBI finally catch up to him... but it appears they are the least of his worries.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Feb 9, 2012

    Overall this is a fantastic and incredibly well-scripted beginning, if not entirely representative of the plot that follows. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - M S R Mar 24, 2012

    A strong start to what looks to be an exciting addition to the strong creator-owned portfolio that Image has been racking up these last few years. A strong concept, well-developed characters, and a fantastic creative team...there's little more one could ask. If you are a fan of noire (though the touch is noticeably light here), or a fan of character studies, or more importantly, a fan of well-written comics in general, you can't go wrong by picking this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Feb 8, 2012

    Thief of Thieves #1 is a satisfying introduction to this series that establishes the main cast with some great characterization and ends strongly with a cliffhanger that's sure to get me back next month. In addition, the art by Shawn Martinbrough, while not super detailed, complements the story nicely with a slick presentation for this seemingly cool heist story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Augie De Blieck Jr. Feb 8, 2012

    "Thief of Thieves" is off to a good start, setting things up nicely without feeling like 'just' a set-up issue. There's a good story in the issue, but it's also one that leaves you with just enough of a hangover to want to come back next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Feb 12, 2012

    This comic has all the proper elements to be successful: excellent writing talent and snappy art that is appropriate for the subject matter. The only thing holding it back for me is the subject matter (cerebral thieves), but your mileage may vary. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Clark Bullock Apr 14, 2012

    Overall, I really enjoyed this read. The art is akin to that of Kirkman's more famous title, the only difference being that it is in full color- similar facial shading and detail being what stood out to me the most. The story progression seemed to flow very well, but a few unexpected and confusing flashbacks put a bump in the plot. I am hoping that with the release of issue #4 in May, we get some sort of clarification on the questions you may be left with. However, there was fast paced action that was very exciting. One of the most memorable moments being a bank heist that ends in “Redmond” causing a huge explosion within the building and then jumping off of the roof to escape. I can't wait to see what action the next issue brings and I really hope mainstream publicity doesn't kill this for me like The Walking Dead. AMC has already signed for a TV show after three issues and this knowledge is somewhat disheartening. Regardless, I give this read an 8/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Feb 9, 2012

    If you're a fan of Kirkman and Spencer, you should pick this up. If you're a fan of noir, you need to pick this up. If you're a fan of good comics, do yourself a favor and pick this up. Pick it up before it gets adapted into a movie called Redmond. You can say you knew it before it was huge. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 8, 2012

    Overall this is worth reading. It has a good story that's worth telling and is different from other comics on the market. Personally I'm picking up #2 to see where this leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Mar 1, 2012

    The issue ends with a twist of sorts (which I cant imagine will stick) but Im still interested in this series as it has opened with a solid debut . The highlights were certainly the cover and the dialogue, but it should be fun seeing in which direction this series heads. The tag line alone is intriguing enough; There is nothing he cant steal, nothing he cant have except for the life he left behind. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 8, 2012

    Even though a lot of exposition is given away in the solicitation, and the top of the cover itself, this book still has great stuff between the covers. It's still well worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Feb 1, 2012

    For all its strengths and weaknesses, Thief of Thieves' debut makes it hard to peg the nature of the rest of the series, mainly since it seems to barely touch what the bulk of this book will be. That's because, first off, the final page of the issue appears as one of those everything-is-about-to-change moments and, second, the solicitations for this comic describe a plotline that's only spoken of in whispers and hints here. Ideally, you'll avoid those spoilers before picking this one up, but if you don't, you'll have an informed perspective on the seeds Kirkman and Spencer are planting. It may not be the apocalypse of awesome you were dreaming of, but if anyone deserves a few issues to get things going, it's these guys. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Feb 7, 2012

    I had high hopes for Thief of Thieves #1, but this debut issue feels like a bit of a false start. It's not a bad comic, but it definitely failed to wow. I'm hoping the Nick Spencer can grab me with the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 8, 2012

    I really wanted to like this issue. With Kirkman and Spencer on board, we can only expect great things. The first issue doesn't quite showcase what we can expect. It is well written and there is some interesting developments but what we get doesn't match what the issue's solicit tells us will happen. For a first issue, the right balance has to be present that introduces the concept while grabbing and pulling in the new reader. This issue doesn't quite grab you with a firm hand. It's only because Kirkman and Spencer are attached that I will check out the next issue. Hopefully that will be the one to win me over and have me praise this new series out on the streets. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 8, 2012

    My hope is this review doesn't come off as too harsh. I like what's unfolding here, and there are glimmers of strong characterization. Furthermore, who doesn't love a good heist story? They're incredibly fun, and I hope we see more of the same in this series. I plan on reading this series for several more issues; the creators here have definitely earned my respect and my patience. While I was expecting more from this first issue, I can't say the promise won't be fulfilled in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 9, 2012

    The artwork from Shawn Martinbrough (currently penciling the ill-fated Black Panther) is solid enough. I won't lie, I don't love his style but he tells the story well enough. The main issue I have is how Martinbrough draws faces. Sometimes they're fine but usually they carry goofy looking expressions or, at the very least, the same expression over and over. For Thief Of Thieves to reach its excitement potential, Martinbrough is going to have to work on panel placement and jazzing up the layout of the book. As an inaugural issue, Thief Of Thieves works well enough to give it the benefit of the doubt. Let's hope Kirkman and his crew work out the kinks soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 8, 2012

    I think this title is in solid artistic hands, it would just be nice to see them be able to really show off their skill. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Feb 9, 2012

    Huh, this was actually kind of boring... We met a few characters in rapid fire fashion, we saw a quick job with Redmond and Celia, and Redmond quit. That was pretty much it. I guess Redmond is lying about quitting and doesn't want to cut the other thieves in on his score in Venice(which we have no idea as to what's being stolen/done), but who really knows. As I stated in the open, I expect huge things from the guys responsible for this comic, so I'll definitely be sticking around. Here's hoping we get a bit deeper into things and do less skipping around next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Feb 10, 2012

    Thief of Thieves is a very well made comic book, and looking forward I can see a lot of potential. But that's part of the problem. Make me care right now. I can see this becoming a great series, but you might want to wait for a few more issues before really jumping in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Feb 11, 2012

    This is a brand new series from the creative mind of Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible) & illustrated by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories). I like Spencers illustrations, its very noirish and looks like the kinda art Ed Brubaker would be associated with. Kirkman has tackled comics about super-heroes and zombies, but here comes something completely different and fresh and I applaud him for it. We get to see Redmond in action as a top notch thief and the story of how he met his apprentice Celia is awesome (car thieves take notes). Its The Thomas Crown Affair as a comic book! Good movie, good comic. From Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 10, 2012

    This book is clearly going to be carried based on the weight of the creator's names. Will the book take off? Possibly. This could easily be the kind of the book that you will kick yourself for not picking up the first issues down the road, but nothing about the first issue gets me excited for the second issue. It's also worth noting that the book contains twenty pages of story as it appears Image is following DC and Marvel's lead to drop the page count down. This is a very average comic book. Read Full Review

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