Dynamite's Bond comics and graphic novels

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  • This sounds absurd. I love the first couple of series, however The Body and Oddjob were not good at all. I hope this series picks up the slack but it feels like Dynamite have run out of ideas.
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    2Wint2Kidd wrote: »
    This sounds absurd. I love the first couple of series, however The Body and Oddjob were not good at all. I hope this series picks up the slack but it feels like Dynamite have run out of ideas.

    There was a lot of potential from where things were going after Kill Chain and the Felix Leiter one. I wish the latter was given another volume or two because it was a great spinoff. I lost interest after the Body and only reading a few issues of Oddjob. Origins wasn't bad, but I haven't gone back to finish that either.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    Written by Bond-newcomer Christos Gage with art by Luca Casalanguida (who drew James Bond: The Body and James Bond: Kill Chain), the story sees "Bond recruited into the terrorist organization by Ernst Stavro Blofeld to end an internal power struggle that could have apocalyptic consequences."

    The first issue of 'James Bond: Agent of SPECTRE' will be released in March 2021.

    Does Bond look a bit... fat? :)
    He’s shrunken quite a bit too! Judging by the size of his gun.
  • cwl007cwl007 England
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    I hope I'm wrong but the premise of this new story sounds like absolute rubbish.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    mtm wrote: »
    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.

    I immediately thought of Secret Empire and the whole *spoiler* Captian America is an Agent of Hydra thing.

    But this seems more like temporary overlapping interests between Blofeld and Bond and not Bond straight up becoming a terrorist.


    As for the list of Dynamite comics:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond_(Dynamite_Entertainment)?wprov=sfla1



  • Written by Bond-newcomer Christos Gage with art by Luca Casalanguida (who drew James Bond: The Body and James Bond: Kill Chain), the story sees "Bond recruited into the terrorist organization by Ernst Stavro Blofeld to end an internal power struggle that could have apocalyptic consequences."

    The first issue of 'James Bond: Agent of SPECTRE' will be released in March 2021.

    This does sound good. As mentioned, it's slightly reminiscent of Role of Honour, but this sounds like a much clearer cut case of the hero and the villain needing to work hand-in-hand. Intriguing premise. This sounds like the kind of bold, formula-jarring change-up that would benefit the films in the not too distant future. Hope they translate the idea well to the page.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    mtm wrote: »
    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.

    I immediately thought of Secret Empire and the whole *spoiler* Captian America is an Agent of Hydra thing.

    But this seems more like temporary overlapping interests between Blofeld and Bond and not Bond straight up becoming a terrorist.


    As for the list of Dynamite comics:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond_(Dynamite_Entertainment)?wprov=sfla1

    Blofeld: "Quid pro quo: You help me destroy my rival within SPECTRE, and I let you into the inner workings of the organization; if you think you can dismantle it from the inside... good luck to you."
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    mtm wrote: »
    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.

    I immediately thought of Secret Empire and the whole *spoiler* Captian America is an Agent of Hydra thing.

    But this seems more like temporary overlapping interests between Blofeld and Bond and not Bond straight up becoming a terrorist.

    Yeah, which I can swallow, but it's hard to imagine a situation where Bond could be trusted at all by Blofeld because if he still works for MI6 then it's his job to do so, even if they have to align against a greater threat in the short term. And Bond could say he's left MI6, but would Blofeld ever fall for that?
    It'll be interesting how they make this one plausible.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    mtm wrote: »
    mtm wrote: »
    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.

    I immediately thought of Secret Empire and the whole *spoiler* Captian America is an Agent of Hydra thing.

    But this seems more like temporary overlapping interests between Blofeld and Bond and not Bond straight up becoming a terrorist.

    Yeah, which I can swallow, but it's hard to imagine a situation where Bond could be trusted at all by Blofeld because if he still works for MI6 then it's his job to do so, even if they have to align against a greater threat in the short term. And Bond could say he's left MI6, but would Blofeld ever fall for that?
    It'll be interesting how they make this one plausible.

    My thoughts as well; my post above is one option I feel could be possible.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    My question is, who’s their common enemy? Goldfinger wasn’t killed off, and I think given that Dynamite Comics’ tendency to bring back famous characters, I think we could be looking for a shock.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    mtm wrote: »
    mtm wrote: »
    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.

    I immediately thought of Secret Empire and the whole *spoiler* Captian America is an Agent of Hydra thing.

    But this seems more like temporary overlapping interests between Blofeld and Bond and not Bond straight up becoming a terrorist.

    Yeah, which I can swallow, but it's hard to imagine a situation where Bond could be trusted at all by Blofeld because if he still works for MI6 then it's his job to do so, even if they have to align against a greater threat in the short term. And Bond could say he's left MI6, but would Blofeld ever fall for that?
    It'll be interesting how they make this one plausible.

    My thoughts as well; my post above is one option I feel could be possible.

    Yea, the most likely scenario I can come up with is basically this. Bond gets information on how to get at an important part of SPECTRE that Blofeld wants out of the way, so he goes after the hint and then the tension arises out of whether Bond can use this small foothold to get to Blofeld and the internal conflict between getting rid of high level terrorist operatives and playing into Blofeld's hands.

    I don't really want to see Bond comitting any real acts of terrorism or treason to 'prove himself' to Blofeld but constantly trying to figure out the game behind the game and how much danger he himself is in could be very good.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited December 2020 Posts: 7,697
    mtm wrote: »
    mtm wrote: »
    It's quite a big one to swallow, you'd think there would have to be an awful lot of shifting things around for that to happen.
    I thought it was Russian Superman-style alternative history thing for a second.

    I immediately thought of Secret Empire and the whole *spoiler* Captian America is an Agent of Hydra thing.

    But this seems more like temporary overlapping interests between Blofeld and Bond and not Bond straight up becoming a terrorist.

    Yeah, which I can swallow, but it's hard to imagine a situation where Bond could be trusted at all by Blofeld because if he still works for MI6 then it's his job to do so, even if they have to align against a greater threat in the short term. And Bond could say he's left MI6, but would Blofeld ever fall for that?
    It'll be interesting how they make this one plausible.

    My thoughts as well; my post above is one option I feel could be possible.

    Yea, the most likely scenario I can come up with is basically this. Bond gets information on how to get at an important part of SPECTRE that Blofeld wants out of the way, so he goes after the hint and then the tension arises out of whether Bond can use this small foothold to get to Blofeld and the internal conflict between getting rid of high level terrorist operatives and playing into Blofeld's hands.

    I don't really want to see Bond comitting any real acts of terrorism or treason to 'prove himself' to Blofeld but constantly trying to figure out the game behind the game and how much danger he himself is in could be very good.

    Yes that's interesting. I think as long as Blofeld is always totally aware that Bond is his foe at all times, as you say, then it could be an interesting dynamic.
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    March 2021, eh? Coincidence that it's a month before the alleged release of NTTD? I wonder if they've been sitting on this, waiting for the movie to come out.
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    From the next Previews (and the Diamond Comics website) :
    AGENT OF SPECTRE Part 1! There's a civil war brewing within SPECTRE. An upstart American member of the international criminal organization is attempting a coup, threatening to depose Ernst Stavro Blofeld. She's on guard against Blofeld's men, so to take her out, Blofeld recruits a wild card - James Bond! With Blofeld threatening the life of Bond's friend Felix Leiter as leverage, Bond agrees...but he has a plan to use this internal strife to bring SPECTRE down once and for all. Will he succeed, or is this a dark path from which even 007 can't return?

    https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/JAN210788

    I think this should calm your fears that Bond would act contrary to his beliefs.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Ahhh Felix Leiter as leverage, that works. Sounds cool.
  • 00Heaven00Heaven Home
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    Sounds interesting. Got Reflections of Death as a gift off my parents today :). Merry Christmas fellow comic-lovers.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    00Heaven wrote: »
    Sounds interesting. Got Reflections of Death as a gift off my parents today :). Merry Christmas fellow comic-lovers.

    Merry Christmas! Hope you enjoy it!
  • Just finished Reflections of Death, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. Actually thought the format worked really well, though I've always been a fan of Bond short stories.

    Great to see Andy Diggle back involved too. Hammerhead and Kill Chain are two of my favourites of the Dynamite comics.

    It's half price on Amazon at the minute for Kindle, I believe, if anyone's tempted.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Just finished Reflections of Death, and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. Actually thought the format worked really well, though I've always been a fan of Bond short stories.

    Great to see Andy Diggle back involved too. Hammerhead and Kill Chain are two of my favourites of the Dynamite comics.

    It's half price on Amazon at the minute for Kindle, I believe, if anyone's tempted.

    Nice! I'll have to finish it at some point.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
    edited January 11 Posts: 497
    Been doing some re-reading and I have to say, Hammerhead is much better then I first thought! My initial assessment was that it is just too bland and by the numbers. I now feel like that is one of it's strengths. Not that it is bland, but it very satisfyingly hits a lot of Bond staples.
    Since my initial reading of Hammerhead, I have read some of the original novels for the first time, so originally I totally didn't get the Drax and Moonraker of it all. The only connection I saw was Victoria Hunt -> Elektra King and while that persists, the Draxian element makes me appreciate a villian I didn't like at first a lot more. But then Diggle twists the whole thing even further by making his Drax-figure not want to destroy Britain, because she is a crypto-Nazi, but to "make Britain great again" (ok, that one may be a bit on the nose, but still).
    Furthermore, Al-Fennec is a very good, classic roguish ally in the vein of Draco, Colombo and Kerim.
    The car chase not being a car chase, but Bond trying to evade his souped up spy car that has been taken over and tries to kill him is a very smart idea, I cannot believe hasn't been used before.
    Negatives:
    I still think, the book has some pacing issues. While the story is actually pretty bare bones, it feels rushed. But that may be due to reading the collection in one go and not issue by issue with a month in between each.
    The technology is a bit hand-wavy at times. The final solution Bond comes up with is in a way clever, from a story structure stand-point, but close to gibberish from a tech standpoint.
    And I always think "Batman" when seeing Casalanguida's Bond.
  • QsCatQsCat London
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    Murdock wrote: »
    Good morning my golden retrievers. Looks like Dynamite has announced a new comic and this one will be a movie tie in. Well kind of. It looks to be set between Spectre and Bond 25.
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    Dynamite wrote:
    Synopsis:
    "The death of a British agent sends James Bond to the mountains of Hokkaido where the last report his colleague made had come from, leading to the discovery of a small village the world has not heard of. As suspicions arise, Bond unearths a scheme that a global consternation was to come around and revive the old tribe of Shogunate using unorthodox means that oversee a supernatural existence in the heart of terror."

    Looks like a must have for sure.

    Hey guys. Was this cancelled?
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    I sure hope not; it looks cool.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Looks awesome! I’m getting Octopussy short story vibes... maybe he goes up into the mountains where Hannes was murdered for more information, finds an old man who was there when it happened, and is the target of some Spectre agents looking to put Bond down for good after the capture of Blofeld?
  • QsCatQsCat London
    edited January 18 Posts: 143
    Holy crap, just did a random search and did find that this comic may actually be real! A reddit post said that, at a British cinema talk/Q&A that Danny Boyle gave early this weekend he teased that he and his screenwriter's work with Bond may extend beyond just doing Bond 25's script. He very cryptically said that they were working on "supplemental" material as well that would connect to their film script somehow, and after seeing this, this comic may indeed be that material. Maybe we'll find out that Dynamite had a talk with EON and had Boyle and Hodge team up with the comics writers to do a prequel comic set before Bond 25! Pretty unprecedented if true.

    Well the post I quoted was from 2018 and this post is too. It was probably cancelled, which is a shame. If anyone has any more info though...

    While I'm here, could anyone recommend some Bond comics/graphic novels? Which are best?

    I was interested in the Casino Royale GN which is supposed to be good. Not too keen on the artwork though..
    I do like the art style of ORIGIN though.
    How are Hammerhead and Blackbox?
    The Warren Ellis Collection?

    Thanks!
  • The two Ellis storylines are the best of what I’ve read thus far (only read Hammerhead & Black Box in addition). They’re a fun update to the Bond of the novels, though they’re a bit rushed in the climaxes. Hammerhead I found entirely unremarkable, but Black Box I enjoyed pretty well even if it’s not as good as the Ellis stuff — it’s more like the movies and has a cool henchman, but the dialogue can be pretty painfully on the nose at times. I’m curious about the graphic novel adaptations of the books as well.
  • QsCatQsCat London
    edited January 19 Posts: 143
    The two Ellis storylines are the best of what I’ve read thus far (only read Hammerhead & Black Box in addition). They’re a fun update to the Bond of the novels, though they’re a bit rushed in the climaxes. Hammerhead I found entirely unremarkable, but Black Box I enjoyed pretty well even if it’s not as good as the Ellis stuff — it’s more like the movies and has a cool henchman, but the dialogue can be pretty painfully on the nose at times. I’m curious about the graphic novel adaptations of the books as well.

    Thanks, so maybe this might be a good place to start

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-Bond-Warren-Ellis-Collection/dp/1524115045/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1FHMAXB2O2X3R&dchild=1&keywords=warren+ellis&qid=1611017787&sprefix=Warren+ellis,aps,218&sr=8-1

    I'll have a further look at the adaptations.. some will be better than others. I like the look of the illustrated Folios, but they're a bit too expensive at full price. If they had more illustrations I could be tempted, but they only have 6 or 7.

    I like your profile pic btw. I thought it was Dalton at first, but could it be from a comic?
    :-bd
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