Dangerous missions! Conspiracies and betrayals! Fast cars! Deadly weapons! There's a reason James Bond is so popular. I know the spy genre owes a debt to Ian Fleming for practically creating it with his superstar, and I'm glad he did. These books came out of it, and they are way cooler than any James Bond movie. After all, comics have an infinite budget for special effects and different locations!
(If you need to get caught up, here are all of my comics recommendation posts: all-ages comics for both kids and adults, or for grownup comics see these posts: zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, monster comics, comics about conspiracies, history and mythology comics, science fiction comics, crime comics, GLBTQ comics, comics about growing up, and comics about war. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)
Velvet by Ed Brubaker, art by Steve Epting, colors by Bettie Breitweiser, letters by Chris Eliopolous. When one of the world's top secret agents is killed, the evidence points to... a secretary? Velvet Templeton may be a secretary now, but we're about to find out that she was much more than that. And possibly still is.
I waited and waited for this book to come out, collecting the first five issues of the comic, and it was worth the wait! Brubaker and Epting were a good team on Captain America (creating the Winter Soldier) and they knock it out of the park with this one. It's full of secrets and lies, manipulation and action, and a superb female character at the center of it all. We should have more books like this.