Brubaker Heats Up The Cold War With VELVET


velvetThere were a lot of big announcements at this year’s Image Expo. It seemed like the the biggest names in comics were coming out of the woodwork to announce new creator owned series with the comics publisher. One of those announcements that got fans very excited was Ed Brubaker rolling out the news of his new comic with Steve Epting. Brubaker will return to the espionage game with an ongoing series called Velvet. The Eisner-winning writer spoke with CBR about the story.

v1After an impressive run on Captain America and Winter Soldier, Brubaker will team back up with Epting to present a story about a female spy during the Cold War. Brubaker described the concept as “a Moneypenny-type character who has to leave her desk job and go on the run into the field against her own agents.” It’s a spy thriller in the vein of James Bond set during the height of the Cold War. Brubaker got the idea for the series when he realized that the female characters in spy movies were really more interesting than the main character:

A lot of what being a spy is about is pretending to be what you’re not. That’s where “Velvet” came from. I looked at characters in these spy movies that were made from the 1960s-1980s. I kept thinking that the female characters were way more interesting than the creators would let them be. I started to build Velvet, and when I figured out her backstory, I felt like she was really powerful — especially in a world where women weren’t allowed to be that powerful.

Velvet turns the the spy movie trope of having women purely as eye candy on its head. There will be a strong female character who is just, if not more, capable than her male counterparts. Brubaker calls the series ‘meta-textual.’ He describes what he’s trying to explore in the series:

“Velvet” is commenting on the espionage genre itself, and on the actual Cold War, including the way villains and heroes are portrayed in that storyline. “Velvet” is also a commentary on the way women are portrayed compared to the way men are portrayed. That was one of the things that made me really excited about doing the book. To me, writing a James Bond-type character would be boring, because why not just go watch “Casino Royale” and see Daniel Craig be awesome and have sex with Eva Green? But it got me thinking, isn’t Eva Green’s character more interesting? I feel the same way about “Mad Men.” I want to watch an entire episode that’s just about Peggy because she’s fascinating.

To me, it’s more interesting to do a story about how women were treated like fuck back then. Then I thought — what about a woman who was a spy in the ’50s and ’60s? She’d have a whole different view on morality and what she’s willing to do with her body, probably a completely different view on sex than an average housewife back then would’ve had. It’s exciting because nobody would know what to expect from her!

We put these outside morals on women’s behavior, which — you know, because you’re a woman. Don’t you think its bullshit that James Bond can fuck everyone who crosses his path, but a female spy would probably be called a “slut” for that? It’s insulting to me.

You can read the full interview with the fan-favorite writer by clicking the source link. You can also see five stunning pages of Epting‘s art blow. Velvet will debut this October from Image Comics. Are you glad to see Epting and Brubaker teaming up again? Will you be checking this one out?


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