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Thief of Thieves, Vol. 1: "I Quit."

(Thief of Thieves #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  990 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can't steal, nothing he can't have... except for the life he left behind. Now with a grown son he hardly knows, and an ex-wife he never stopped loving, Conrad must try to piece together what's left of his life, before the FBI finally catch up to him... but it appears they are the least o ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published September 5th 2012 by Image Comics
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Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Question: Where do old thieves go when they retire?

Answer: Well, it’s a pretend retirement; so, some end up somewhere on the French Riviera, meet snooty blonde babes and, since this a Hitchcock gif, you cut/pan to a fireworks-as-coitus shot.

Here, it’s…

Don’t be fooled. There’s no note of finality here. It’s a set-up for monkey business, an escapade, a caper…

…and not a very clever one. You can feel the “creative” wheels turning the deeper you get into this book. If you’ve seen a heist movie, it do
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, comics
I actually really, really enjoyed this. I get that there really isn't anything that original here, but it's put together in a really fun way. The characters pop, the dialog can be snappy while being something that actual people would actual say, and the heists are really fun to read. And I can't say enough good about the art. It reminds me, in some ways, of Sean Phillips's consistently fantastic art for the Criminal series, but with more of a contemporary thriller feel than the retro, noirish on ...more
Jesse A
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was pretty familiar and I didnt love all the art but all in all this was a pretty entertaining story.
Sam Quixote
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The title is unintentionally ironic - there are a number of elements to this book that have been stolen from similar stories. If you've seen the Steven Soderbergh films "Out of Sight" and "Ocean's 11" then you'll notice them in this book too. A suave gentleman thief sidles up to his ex-wife in a restaurant and begins a back and forth that shows they have chemistry, still kind of love each other, but the woman is unwilling to allow herself to go with him. This scene is in both this book and "Ocea ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Re-read on March 8, 2015.


I finally got my hands of volume 3 of this series and I wanted to give a reread to the previous volumes to refresh my memory a bit. And I don't know, there's something about this comic. It's surely not new, stories about crooks trying to leave life of crime behind but having their past catch up to them have been done to death. But it's a pleasure to read Conrad's shenanigans especially towards the end of the book. Martinbrough style is clean and nice to look at and
Crystal Starr Light
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This was okay. Basically, a lot of the thief tropes rolled into one - the heist, the mastermind who wants out, the mastermind and his ex, the mastermind and his screwed up son, etc. Nothing above average but not 100% snooze-worthy either.

But definitely could have used a couple more women outside of the ones lusting after Conrad.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This starts of quite slow and switches back and forth like pulp fiction.

It's about a cop and the best thief of their time battling it out. He assembles a group to pull off a job to get his son out of jail similar to oceans 11. That is when it gets interesting and sets it all up nicely for the next volume.
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Art's nice. Simple form of realism without being over-padded.

Story was all déja-vue. The Italian Job, Ocean's 11, and a bunch of others have already told what is basically the same exact story.

A few "fun" instances, but over all, pretty run of the mill stuff.

There are alot of way better crime stories comics out there *cough*Brubaker's Criminal*cough*.

The only thing that does manage to stand out is the cinematic artwork.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, really exciting tale of a thief trying to get out of the business. The story, dialog, and art are crisp and this book reads like a damn movie. Looking forward to the next three volumes.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, crime
Thief of Thieves didn't start off all that well for me, but the story did get better and the clever little ending was enough to wrap up the story for a three star rating.

Redmond is a world-class thief. His son is a world-class loser. So when the FBI can't indict Redmond they go after his son. Redmond must turn in a $7-mil heist and its crew to get him released. That's the basis for the story and I am not going to spoil it for you. If this Oceans-11 kind of story is your kind of thing then you wi
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: image-comics, mystery
An excellent heist type caper book featuring an experienced thief, perhaps the best there is as he is trying to get out of his old life and patch up relationships he's lost because of his work. Nothing stands out as poorly done, the art is solid, the dialog is excellent, and the story is well crafted leaving me wanting more.
Chad Jordahl
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story and writing. Although it felt familiar, there were enough unique elements to hold my interest. I liked the art by Shawn Martinbrough, the realistic style reminded me of Sean Phillips (but I like Phillips a lot more). I did not like the colors -- Technicolor, Photoshop-y.
Tania Gee
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A customer recommended this read to me and I'm so happy he did. This heist-y read creates immediacy, drama, great interplay between characters, and a great leading man.
Debra Lowman
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! There is nothing original here. 007 meets Ocean's 11 meets every other thief vs FBI action plot out there, but the dialog is witty, the twists, turns and flashbacks are fun, and the art is STUNNING visually. Seriously, every page has spot on design.

I picked this one up from my Unlimited Comix collection. Robert Kirkman on the jacket caught my eye, although I see by reading other reviews it may not be "his" full storyline, per se, but I have no solid information on that either w
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Rating: Good, I liked it 😊
Recommended: If you like heist / con artist’s stories.
Would I continue with the series?: Maybe, but not right now.
2018’s Marvel-A-Thon Phase II: ANT MAN: a book involving thieves or a heist.

I liked it, specially the last two issues where the juicy part happens. I found the family drama to be a cliche, I’d to like to know more about Conrad and what makes him the greatest thief on earth. I guess we’ll see that in the later issues.

The (view spoiler)
David Msomba
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you a fan of heist movies,I recommend this one..... beautiful art and great story,you will never put it down.
Chris Thompson
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Smart, confident, confusing, funny, and exciting all at once, Thief of Thieves plays out like an Oceans Eleven film, but with some surprises up its sleeve.What struck me right at the start was Nick Spencer's witty humor and scenarios. Redmond banters back and forth with other characters, such as Celia, with humor and surprise. The opening sets up the way the rest of the book takes reader on twists and turns. There's sort of a plot, and there sort of isn't. We just watch as events unfold in enter ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
After catching up on 90 issues of Kirkman's incredible Walking Dead epic last winter, I was more than excited to see his take on the heist genre. Upon picking up the first issue, I was somewhat turned off. I had no idea that it was going to be written like a TV show, with a different writer every arc; Robert Kirkman is just 'showrunning' it, so to speak. Why Kirkman gets first billing over the actual writer, when his input is minimal is beyond me. Fortunately, that was one of the few complaints ...more
Drown Hollum
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
If my last thought while reading a book is "That was awesome!", then as a general rule, I give it a 5. I'm a generous rater, I don't hide it. This book was awesome. Kirkman is usually a homerun for me, I've eaten up every issue of Invincible and stomached every trade of Walking Dead, and Thief of Thieves shows that Kirkman's talent doesn't stop at zombies and capes. Nick Spencer is also a total badass in my book, so the collaboration works well for me. The book reads like a well crafted, snarky ...more
Jeff Raymond
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Probably closer to a 3.5.

I've had this on my list to read for ages, and I finally got my hands on it and it's...fine. It's a crime story of sorts with a pretty neat hook toward the end that makes the journey worth it, but it's a *tough* journey. The setup is more than a little convoluted, but it all is necessary to make sense in the end and that it wasn't quite compelling enough to have me completely hold my interest, that's a major knock against it.

The end is solid enough to make it worth check
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A legendary thief who goes by "Redmond" decides to hang up his lockpicks but is drawn back into the business when his son gets pinched on a different job. Redmond pulls one last job then betrays his team in return for his son's freedom.

I was pleasantly surprised, there were fewer holes than I usually find in these heist stories. Less contrivance. Pretty good twists at the end.
*4.5 stars
Daniel Butcher
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Matt...look...Nick Spencer.
Geppis Baltimore
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Conrad Paulson aka Redmond is a master thief who thought his secret life was coming to a end. He reached his fill of the lifestyle that brought him wealth and also tore his family apart. On the eve of what was to be the biggest heist he ever scored, with a team waiting for his command, he quit. Redmond walked away. Then Conrad was reminded that the illegal life is not easy to walk away from.

Thief of Thieves Vol. 1: "I Quit" reads exactly like you are watching a film. Robert Kirkman came up with
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying that Ocean’s Eleven is one of my favorite movies ever, of all time. A suave George Clooney recruits a mismatched team of crooks and criminals to pull off a masterful heist of three Vegas casinos. It’s got wit, it’s got charm, it’s got more competence porn in five minutes that most half of Hollywood produces in a year. Unfortunately, any and all heist stories will inevitably be compared to it, for which I apologize in advance, because it’s not an entirely fair comparison. B ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you liked the movies: Ocean's 11, the Italian Job, Lord of War and the comic: The Punisher, then this is for you. The visual resemblance to the Punisher, as well as his actions, knowledge, skills and behaviour are just uncanny! I imagine this is what Frank Castle would be in an alternate universe, Lol. Martinbrough's art is impressive. The scenes, angles, layouts, expressions are just spot on. They really do help convey the story and I for one felt like I was watching (albeit reading) an acti ...more
Barron Van Deusen
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty solid story about the best thief in the business trying to leave the business. Lots of the old familiar plot beats here and the story doesn't shy away from what it is - a good old fashioned heist story. Art's gorgeous and a few panels kept grabbing my eye for all the detail. Not a bad yarn at all.
Munawar Mobin
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kirkman must have a treasure chest of ideas he keeps hidden in his basement because this is another superb story from the man who has brought us so many

Great art as well! i see this being made into tv
Paxton Holley
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty cool comic about a master thief trying to quit "the life" in order to protect his estranged family but finding out that no one else will let him quit. A well worn road story-wise, to be sure, but Kirkman pulls it off.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was just OK. The art was fine but I don’t think I’m a fan of the crime genre. I picked this up on the basis of a recommendation from a friend of a friend and I can see how general comic audiences might like it. 3/5
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of ...more

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