Writer: Ben Goldsmith
Art By: Travis Mercer
Publisher: Mad Cave Studios
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹🏹
Former assassin Velveteen is on the run from the Order of the 9, the organization that took her from her family and forced her into a life where all she knows is secrecy, violence, and death. Now, after years of running, she is bringing the fight to them. With help from an American hacker, Jasper, and a rookie officer with an attitude, Inspector Pazzi, Velveteen will use everything she was taught by the Order of the 9 against them. Collects issues #1-5.
My first introduction into the world of Mad Cave Studios has been a superb one. This has to be one of the best stories I have read recently.
The set up of a child taken from her family to be raised as a ruthless assassin was always going to capture my eye, if the plot didn’t then the cover would. It's a gorgeous cover to a comic that raises questions straight away. Questions like, who is that cloaked person? Why is that person holding strawberries? What city is in the background? Travis Mercer has evoked a curiosity through imagery on that cover and that fed my already developed intrigue from the plot.
I was not disappointed … my intrigue was truly satisfied. Ben Goldsmith has developed a brilliant world of espionage and well...slaughter. I am well and truly on board. In all honesty I was initially a little shocked by the gore involved. But after that, I loved it, it wasn’t gore for the sake of gore, it was perfectly placed and crucially involved in the story and to the characteristics of characters.
Travis Mercer has drawn a truly gorgeous comic. The art really stands out and the detailing is fantastic. Each character displayed their personalities expertly through Mercers work and that complimented the excellent storytelling brilliantly.
I am so happy that I chose this story for my first dive into Mad Cave Studios. A brilliantly presented espionage thriller with what promises to be a bright future. I’m excited to continue my RV9 journey.
"We dismantle the revolution. That was always the deal." - Velveteen