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RV9 Review

Writer: Ben Goldsmith

Art By: Travis Mercer

Publisher: Mad Cave Studios

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹🏹


Former assassin Velveteen is on the run from the Order of the 9, the organization that took her from her family and forced her into a life where all she knows is secrecy, violence, and death. Now, after years of running, she is bringing the fight to them. With help from an American hacker, Jasper, and a rookie officer with an attitude, Inspector Pazzi, Velveteen will use everything she was taught by the Order of the 9 against them. Collects issues #1-5.

My Opinion

My first introduction into the world of Mad Cave Studios has been a superb one. This has to be one of the best stories I have read recently.

The set up of a child taken from her family to be raised as a ruthless assassin was always going to capture my eye, if the plot didn’t then the cover would. It's a gorgeous cover to a comic that raises questions straight away. Questions like, who is that cloaked person? Why is that person holding strawberries? What city is in the background? Travis Mercer has evoked a curiosity through imagery on that cover and that fed my already developed intrigue from the plot.

I was not disappointed … my intrigue was truly satisfied. Ben Goldsmith has developed a brilliant world of espionage and well...slaughter. I am well and truly on board. In all honesty I was initially a little shocked by the gore involved. But after that, I loved it, it wasn’t gore for the sake of gore, it was perfectly placed and crucially involved in the story and to the characteristics of characters.

Travis Mercer has drawn a truly gorgeous comic. The art really stands out and the detailing is fantastic. Each character displayed their personalities expertly through Mercers work and that complimented the excellent storytelling brilliantly.

I am so happy that I chose this story for my first dive into Mad Cave Studios. A brilliantly presented espionage thriller with what promises to be a bright future. I’m excited to continue my RV9 journey.

"We dismantle the revolution. That was always the deal." - Velveteen

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