Britain has been infiltrated by members of a secret society known as the Hellfire Club. This return of an old enemy has prompted our heroes to take action, as Steed and Peel go head to head with the Hellfire Club knowing that they can only trust one another and no one else!
Yes, this power couple are also known as the “The Avengers”, however, they do not have to answer to Captain America or S.H.I.E.L.D. These characters are derived from a British Television Spy/Thriller series known as The Avengers. The success of the show eventually led to our lead characters gracing the pages of comic books all over the world. Steed and Mrs. Peel Vol 1: A Very Civil Armageddon is written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Steve Bryant, Caleb Monroe, as they bring the swinging sixties back to life.
The book opens with our duo investigating the mystery of people aging rapidly overnight. This is usually followed by their death due to unusual circumstances. This investigation leads them into conflict with a new incarnation of an old enemy…the Hellfire Club. One thing leads to another and Steed finds himself to be 40 years older, waking up in the 2000’s but all is not as it seems.
This is just one of the few stories in this graphic novel. Each story plays out like a television series in a way. With the duo being sent out to investigate and solve crimes. Each crime is solved within its issue, so you really get the feel that you are on a weekly episodic journey with Steed and Mrs. Peel as they introduce you to the seedy underworld of espionage, secret societies and bondage. Oh and there are some mutants involved too! Mark Waid offers the reader some great writing which really complements the lead characters. The characters remain true to their nature as the converse using wit and keep things tongue-in-cheek. Mrs Peel whilst a deadly hand-to-hand combat expert that can snap you neck with the click of her fingers is not only deadly but she is kept sexy to the point where I am sure enemies don’t mind dying at her hands. She is a strong character that plays upon the weakness of men. The duo make for great partners in more ways than one, bringing the dialogue to life with banter and romantic tension.
The art is good but far from great. At times motions do not seem fluid enough. Movements seem a bit static and blocky from time to time. However, the colouring fits the time quite well. You can open the book on any page and immediately get that sixties feel.
Steed and Mrs. Peel Vol 1: A Very Civil Armageddon is a fun read that is surely breathing life into a classic. This graphic novel captures the gist of the franchise quite well and stays true to its lead characters. Filled with banter and wit, this read is thoroughly entertaining but had the art been a little stronger it could have made for a great read for all to enjoy.