If there was one thing that’s taken me down the path I am today and made me explore my love of storytelling, it certain is Bond, James Bond. The tales of the super agent have entertained and made me a huge fan over the years. We got Spectre out in theaters now, which marks Daniel Craig’s fourth adventure as MI6’s secret weapon. Right here we have Dynamite Entertainment which recently acquired the license of Bond comics and have enlisted comics megastar Warren Ellis to pen his adventures.
Right off the bat one thing I have to say is a major positive of this book is that it’s timeless. This book really isn’t set to any specific era of Bond, something I had honestly hoped for this book since that could easily over complicate things. It’s set at whatever time it is and Bond is just Bond, no Connery, Moore, or Craig, just purely Bond. That frees us to just go right into the comic and start enjoying ourselves. Ellis’ handling and understanding of the character shines through in the book. From the brutality of a blunt instrument in the opening chase and fight that flows perfectly and his suave charm when he’s around MI6 chatting up Miss Moneypenny to a meeting with M, which actually is the most engaging conversational moment of the issue.
The time in MI6 allows is to further get a feel of this Bond world itself and help get the main plot going which is more or less on the edges of this issue. We still gotta set everything up regardless what we may or may not know of the Bond world, it’s still gotta set things up. From the drug that’s being brought in to the man that’s being hired by someone mysterious to kill Bond. It’s all leading us to where we need to go.
Now for art, well I think it might be a little better. Art here is done by Jason Masters and I’ll be honest, I never really heard of him before at all. I think the best thing he does here is the flow of the action which moves briskly over the first few pages of the comic and his look of Bond fits. It’s just elsewhere, I’m not too sure about. I don’t feel personally excited by the art work here too much. Facial work in some panels could be a little more defined and polished. My favorite art aspect is the colors by Guy Major which gives the book a vibrant look and a bit of a vintage feel at times with helping to blend aspects of classic and modern looks in.
James Bond #1 gives the new series a fresh start with an engaging story and strong characterization and some entertaining art here and there. I feel pretty good about the exploits of 007 within the pages of comics.
4.0 out of 5