Concluding the series opening arc, Velvet #5 offers us more into the past of Velvet Tempelton than the previous four issues combined. Caused by the final line of last month’s issue where Velvet learned that Mockingbird was never a double-agent, this month involves an extended look back at the love affair with the man who would be Velvet’s partner and husband – and also the man she threw from a hotel window on orders from her superiors.
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting also deliver a glimpse at Velvet at age 16 and the spy who trained the exceptional young woman and trained her to become one of the agency’s best before her own life went off the rails and ended in despair and death on the floor of a cheap hotel room.
For those waiting for a little more insight into who Velvet is and what makes her tick, Velvet #5 is an issue you don’t want to miss. It also lays the groundwork by alerting the character than her hidden enemy has done far more damage to her life than recently framing Velvet for murder. I can’t wait to see where her story goes from here. Best of the week.