Thursday, January 12, 2017


Ta-Nehisi Coates calls Brubaker & Epting his favorite pairing
in all of comics

The bestselling creative team of writer Ed Brubaker (KILL OR BE KILLED, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), artist Steve Epting (Batwoman, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser (OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, KILL OR BE KILLED) will release a deluxe hardcover edition of the first 15 issues of their groundbreaking spy thriller series VELVET this February. 

From the creators of Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes VELVET, a slick and sexy new take on the Cold War spy genre. What if the secretary to the man running the world’s most top secret spy agency was actually, once upon a time, their most dangerous weapon? VELVET is a groundbreaking work from one of the bestselling teams in comics, and now Velvet Templeton’s first major storyline is collected in one oversized deluxe hardback with behind-the-scenes extras and articles. A must-have for any Brubaker & Epting fan. 

“It's amazing to see all our hard work on VELVET finally collected in one big volume,” said Brubaker. “On top of our historical spy thriller story, this is some of the best work that Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser have ever done. It's worth it for the art alone.”

“This book is the culmination of an something Ed and I first discussed almost ten years ago, and it's extremely gratifying to see it finally realized in one collected edition,” said Epting. “I enjoyed working on VELVET more than any other project in my career for many reasons, not the least of which was collaborating with the best writer and the best colorist in comics.”
VELVET DLX HC (ISBN: 978-1-63215-915-1) hits comic book stores Wednesday, February 22nd and bookstores Tuesday, February 28th, and will be available for $49.99. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code DEC160787, and it is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Select praise for VELVET:

"Ed Brubaker's and Steve Epting's cold war thriller VELVET is a spiritual successor to the duo's work on Captain America. Much like that legendary run, VELVET is a thriller that keeps you guessing, without making a bombastic show of keeping you guessing. If cliffhangers abound (and they do), they blend seamlessly into the immersive, inviting, and addictive world painted by its creators. Brubaker and Epting are my favorite pairing in all of comics. And this is them at the height of their powers." —Ta-Nehisi Coates (Black Panther, Between the World and Me)

“Reading VELVET is like eating the world's richest multi-layered dessert. It's a symphony of flavor, so rich and satisfying that you never want it to end.” —IGN

“VELVET is a story that’s interested in aftermath. It deals not just with what happens to the spies during their thrilling missions, but what happens to them afterwards: how they survive after they survive.” —Wired

“Brubaker and Epting are a creative partnership that will blow you away.” —Nerdspan

“Drawing upon the history of spy fiction, Brubaker and Epting mix up all their source materials in a bag and produce something equal parts Modesty Blaise, The Sandbaggers, John le CarrĂ©, and Queen & Country; a new concoction of sex, intrigue, and action that grabs you from the very beginning and refuses to let go.” —Comics Alliance
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