Steed And Mrs. Peel #3
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Ian Gibson
Letters by Ellie De Ville
Covers by Ian Gibson
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
I may have stated this in a previous review, but I’ve never seen The Avengers television show that the Steed & Mrs. Peel comic book series is based on. But, after reading Steed & Mrs. Peel #3 I think that I’m going to add it to my Netflix queue.
For those looking for a Grant Morrison story, this really isn’t that. Yes, he did write the book, but this isn’t “Grant Morrison’s Steed & Mrs. Peel!!!”. It’s Steed & Mrs. Peel written by Grant Morrison. What it is, is a charming, interesting, spy thriller with a lot of heart. You can tell that Morrison had a fondness for the show by the way he writes the characters and the story in general.
There’s a very interesting murder mystery and at the same time, Steed & Mrs. Peel are under the gun (literally) to find out who or what is behind this secret organization of deadly gamers. And by gamers, I don’t mean video gamers. I mean board games and games of chance. Overall, it’s a very entertaining issue. I’m curious to see what actual fans of the TV show think of it, so if there are any out there, please drop me a line. I’d love to hear your opinion.
IAN GIBSON!!!!! Yes, I had to “shout” it because he’s one of those rare artists that I love. He could draw anything and I’d like it. Here, he does a fantastic job with not only the character likenesses, but with his storytelling. There are a LOT of panels that you have to LOOK at and not just glance at and read the words. I love artists like that, who put something in a panel that’s totally non-descript and you barely even notice it, then five panels later, it’s a major plot point. Brilliant!!! I do get the feeling that some of the background “extras” are people that either he knows personally or people famous in British pop culture, but I don’t recognize any of them. Either way, the art is fantastic and I have to give a shout out to whomever did the coloring in this issue. The shading is do fantastic, it actually MAKES the book.
If you want a good read, pick this up. Take it from me, you don’t have to know anything about the TV series that it’s based on. Heck, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you don’t even have to read the previous issues to understand what’s going on here (but you should because they’re just as good). This book is definitely worth the cover price.