In Review: Velicity Jones in “The Devil’s Breath” (for Aces Weekly)

The Devil’s Breath by Le Robson and Brian Coyle
The Devil’s Breath by Lee Robson and Brian Coyle is running in Aces Weekly Volume 29

By Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle
Out: Now via Aces Weekly

Subscription: Just £1 a week

The latest volume of David Lloyd‘s brilliant digital anthology Aces Weekly recently started and three weeks in, I have to draw your attention to a terrific action adventure that features – “Velicity Jones in The Devil’s Breath” by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle.

This strip has all the hallmarks of being a breakout success for Lee and Bryan, combining all the kind of themes many love about Peter O’Donnell’s “Modesty Blaise” with the superspy sleuthing of many a James Bond tale. We’ve got an all-action secret agent, Velicity Jones, sent on a mission to recover some secret blueprints, only to be told they’re fake; convinced they’re not, Week Three sees her attacked and then duped by her employers!

The Devil's Breath - Sample Art

The seven-week cycle of an Aces Weekly volume means the story cracks along at a brisk page, a glorious combination of newspaper strip serial with a three-page “chapter” that enables more characterisation than you might see in your newspaper (if you were lucky enough to have any adventure strips in your daily paper that is, because, sadly, they’re in pretty short supply these days).

The Devil's Breath - Sample Art

Just before the strip launched, Lee told me he was really excited about this strip – and he has every right to be. The lead character is sharp and sassy, Brian Coyle’s art is a visual treat and having been given a sneak peek at the rest of the story, I can only hope it tickles the fancy of Aces Weekly readers and we soon see a return of the character to its digital pages.

This is, as I often say, a cracking yarn, with some twists and turns still to come. And given Aces Weekly costs just £1 a week, which includes not just “The Devil’s Breath” but other great strips by Jok and Santullo, Laura Scarpa, David Brana and Olga Carmonawhy on earth are you holding back from subscribing?

Go on – make publisher and editor David Lloyd happy and give this anthology a try. Subscribing also gives you access to a lot of “extras” in the current volume, some going behind the scenes on current strips, and all future volumes.

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Velocity Jones © 2017 Bryan Coyle & Lee Robson.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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