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SDCC ’11 | Robert Kirkman spills the goods on Thief of Thieves

Thief of Thieves #1

Robert Kirkman has at last revealed details of Thief of Thieves, a collaboration with Morning Glories writer Nick Spencer first teased a year ago with the launch of the Skybound imprint.

The Walking Dead creator tells USA Today he’ll employ a writer’s room approach similar to what occurs with television series, with he and Spencer hammering out the overall plot, and a team of scribes trading off on story arcs. (It appears virtually identical to the model used by Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, on which Joss Whedon served as executive producer.)

Spencer will pen the first arc of Thief of Thieves, which follows an aging international art thief who decides to retire from the game and instead steal from other criminals. “He’s got this compulsion where he has to steal or he doesn’t feel like he’s living, but he doesn’t want to break the law anymore,” Kirkman tells the newspaper.

Shawn Martinbrough, known for his noirish approach on such titles as Luke Cage Noir, Angeltown and DMZ — he even wrote the book How to Drawn Noir Comics — will be the permanent artist. Kirkman will step in at some point to pen his own arc. However, he’s keeping the names of the other writers a secret; presumably at least some of them will be revealed this week at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Visit USA Today to see a preview of the first issue. Thief of Thieves debuts early next year from Kirkman’s new Image Comics imprint Skybound.



I hope Nathan Edmondson writes an arc for this–seems right up his alley. I’d love to see some established genre writers take a shot at this too–maybe David Lapham or Denise Mina? Will watch this develop with interest.

cool concept, but isnt stealing from criminals still breaking the law? posession being 9 10ths and all…

Simon DelMonte

July 20, 2011 at 1:28 am

Interesting premise, and good artist. I wonder if his old Detective Comics partner Rucka is up for this?

I just hope it comes out in a timely fashion. I worry than Spencer is overextended, given how long I am waiting for the third issue of Infinite Vacation.

I love Martinbrough’s pencils. The 3-tone look of his Detective run was amazing! Having Rucka as writer made it a must read! – And Hopefully Simon is right, and Rucka contributes an Arc!

I’ll trade wait the first story! ;)

Wow. I totally forgot about infinite vacation

Nick Spencer and Shawn Martinbrough on the first arc? Sold.

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