COMIC REVIEW: Thief of Thieves #8

Thief of Thieves is Robert Kirkman’s next big brainchild, and though he isn’t writing it himself, it’s got a bit of his “mark” on it. With the beginning of its second story arc, there is a writer change – but does that slow down the book at all?

Over the course of this issue, Conrad seems to be in good spirits and out of trouble, even going so far as to steal just to mess with the man who’s married to his ex-wife. However, Conrad’s son Augustus is anything but safe. He’s in deep with the wrong people and has to figure out how to get out quick. Will Conrad be able to help his son? Will Conrad be able to leave his thieving life behind? The way we’re left hanging, this arc is sure to answer at least one of those questions.

This issue was the first James Asmus, the second writer on the series. Asmus definitely picked up well where Nick Spencer left off, and while there are some stylistic differences, it doesn’t detract from the story at all. Though not Spencer’s writing, which I do enjoy, Asmus does not disappoint. The same knack for dialogue and the flow of conversation is still there, and that’s really part of the magic behind Thief of Thieves.

Shawn Martinbrough does a great job with the art, as always. He makes things look fairly realistic, which helps this comic feel like more than “just” a comic. With a changing cast of writers every arc, it’s nice to see a constant artist, especially one as talented as Martinbrough. As I saw with every review, the art was fantastic. Consistently some of my favorite art every month.

Despite a change in writers, the momentum of the series kept going strong. The writer change was a good one, it seems, since the style seems to fit and the story is still well-written. Another great issue in a so far great series. Pick it up!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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