Dynamite's Bond comics and graphic novels

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  • The folio editions are amazing, but yeah I wouldn’t buy them *solely* for the illustrations. And my avatar is indeed Dalton, but from an unused Licence to Kill poster by the artist who did the poster for The Spy Who Loved Me:
    2lxi4bjhhsd41.jpg
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
    Posts: 459
    QsCat wrote: »
    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!

    I thought about doing a full rundown as I have recently re-read most of these, but I dont't really have the time right now.

    But as a kind of primer, if you (ir anyone else interested) didn't know this yet:

    There are basically three strands to the Dynamite comics:
    The "main line" which has a slightly futuristic setting. Mainly 6 issue arcs that are in the same universe but apart from featuring the same base characters we know from the Bond novels and films, I think there is yet to be an instance where one arc is absolutely necessary for the second to work, so I would say you can read these in any order you want. (A slight departure from this is "James Bond 007" by Greg Pak, where Vol.1 leads straight into Vol. 2, so that should be considered one 12 issue arc). The titling and numbering of these is all over the place.. There are also a handful of one shots in this universe that can also basically be read in any order and the Felix Leiter spin-off, which does take place later in the canon, but is in my opinion so divorced from the rest of the stories, that you can pick it up whenever.
    "Origins" is what it says on the tin: The origins of the James Bond character, with the twist that this is the literary Bond from the novels, not the other comics, meaning the stories take place during World War II. There are two 6 issue collections, although the story arcs run a bit different. I would have to look it up, but I think it is mostly two or three issues per mini-arc. These should be read in order.
    The "adaptations" are graphic novels that adapt the Fleming novels more or less word for word. So far, they have done Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.

    As for recommendations, a few pointers that maybe help in the decision making:
    The Warren Ellis stories are the first in this incarnation of James Bond stories and set the tone to a certain degree. As the recurring characters are all from the novels and honestly every writer writes them however they want, you do not have to start here. I have heard from a few people that they didn't like how gory these two are and I would agree that they have the most graphic depictions of violence in the series. If you are concerned about that but still interested in the story, maybe pick up Vargr #1 first and if you can stomach the pre-title sequence, you should be fine.
    From the other arcs:
    Hammerhead (Andy Diggle) has risen in my estimation on re-read. It is a quite standard Bond story, that ticks all the boxes you expect in interesting ways.
    Black Box (Benjamin Percy), I don't like Lobosco's art style at all, so that kind of keeps me away from it. The story has some interesting beats and a good henchman, but - as has already mentioned - is slightly on the nose at times and can feel rushed.
    Kill Chain (Andy Diggle) is probably my favourite. Even though it suffers the same pacing issues all of the comics do, due to the 6-issue limit, it manages to fit in a good twisting plot and has some great scenes, that I personally could see brought to the big screen immediatly. Doesn't have a great villian but tries to lay some ground work for future installments.
    The Body (Ales Kot) is quite devisive in this community. I think it is better than people give it credit, but it is very expertimental and absolutely isn't the place to start.
    007/The Oddest Job (Greg Pak) is one I personally do not like all that much. The author seems more interested in the (nominally) secondary character he created for this than in James Bond.
    The same problem befalls Big Things (Vita Ayala and Danny Lore), but to me the writing is on a slightly higher level, so I prefer this to The Oddest Job, but both are lower on the list.
    The Felix Leiter spin-off (James Robinson) is, I think, very good, but defenitely it's own thing. Let me put it like this: If you felt like Felix should have been a bit less cheery at the end of Licence to Kill after his wife was killed and he was mutilated by a shark, this is the version of Felix for you.
    The one shots are also probably not where one would start, but are all nice little stories that I feel can be picked up at any point. Truly the equivalent to the Fleming short stories in that they feel slightly inconsequential and with lower stakes, but still can give interesting insights into the characters here and there.
    Reflections of Death is like a short story collection with one overarching plot. I like it on the whole (some stories more than others) but it feels almost like a cap on the stories, we've had until now as this is the one place some previously introduced original charcters return. So also maybe later on the reading list.

    Origins, I like a lot (although it also has better and worse arcs) and would recommend you check out. I have never read "Young Bond" but I am pretty sure, that these are not compatible to that, even though they are in a similar chronology. These are also not all that "Bondian". Meaning while the character of James is being shown and developed presumably to where he would be at the beginning of CR, they don't shove in to many references to the novels or the movies and there isn't a whole lot of the Bond formula to be found. I personally think they are better for it .

    The adaptations: I think they are interesting and if you want a new or different way to experience Fleming's writing, this works well. I thought LALD was slightly better than CR just because there is a bit more to show in that one. If you don't like the art style, don't pick it up. Read the novel instead. There is literally nothing the Graphic Novels will give you other than artistic depictions of what is going on (and the one niggle I have with them is that there are a handful of instances where there is a bit of a picture/text dissonance. For example, Bond's diving suit is described - in text in a box in the Graphic Novel - as tight fitting to the skin, and the pictures show him in something more like the loose suit in FYEO. Not deal-braking, but kind of strange.)


    I have gone on much much much too long. But I hope this gives you an intro.

    tl;dr: Start with Vargr, just because it was first, but maybe take a look at that #1 to see if you are ok with the level of gore, before buying the whole collection. Then I like Kill Chain and Hammerhead the next best out of the main line. Origins is good and worth a read. The adaptations are interesting and super close to the novels - that can be a pro and con I guess.
  • QsCatQsCat London
    Posts: 134
    QsCat wrote: »
    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!

    I thought about doing a full rundown as I have recently re-read most of these, but I dont't really have the time right now.

    But as a kind of primer, if you (ir anyone else interested) didn't know this yet:

    There are basically three strands to the Dynamite comics:
    The "main line" which has a slightly futuristic setting. Mainly 6 issue arcs that are in the same universe but apart from featuring the same base characters we know from the Bond novels and films, I think there is yet to be an instance where one arc is absolutely necessary for the second to work, so I would say you can read these in any order you want. (A slight departure from this is "James Bond 007" by Greg Pak, where Vol.1 leads straight into Vol. 2, so that should be considered one 12 issue arc). The titling and numbering of these is all over the place.. There are also a handful of one shots in this universe that can also basically be read in any order and the Felix Leiter spin-off, which does take place later in the canon, but is in my opinion so divorced from the rest of the stories, that you can pick it up whenever.
    "Origins" is what it says on the tin: The origins of the James Bond character, with the twist that this is the literary Bond from the novels, not the other comics, meaning the stories take place during World War II. There are two 6 issue collections, although the story arcs run a bit different. I would have to look it up, but I think it is mostly two or three issues per mini-arc. These should be read in order.
    The "adaptations" are graphic novels that adapt the Fleming novels more or less word for word. So far, they have done Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.

    As for recommendations, a few pointers that maybe help in the decision making:
    The Warren Ellis stories are the first in this incarnation of James Bond stories and set the tone to a certain degree. As the recurring characters are all from the novels and honestly every writer writes them however they want, you do not have to start here. I have heard from a few people that they didn't like how gory these two are and I would agree that they have the most graphic depictions of violence in the series. If you are concerned about that but still interested in the story, maybe pick up Vargr #1 first and if you can stomach the pre-title sequence, you should be fine.
    From the other arcs:
    Hammerhead (Andy Diggle) has risen in my estimation on re-read. It is a quite standard Bond story, that ticks all the boxes you expect in interesting ways.
    Black Box (Benjamin Percy), I don't like Lobosco's art style at all, so that kind of keeps me away from it. The story has some interesting beats and a good henchman, but - as has already mentioned - is slightly on the nose at times and can feel rushed.
    Kill Chain (Andy Diggle) is probably my favourite. Even though it suffers the same pacing issues all of the comics do, due to the 6-issue limit, it manages to fit in a good twisting plot and has some great scenes, that I personally could see brought to the big screen immediatly. Doesn't have a great villian but tries to lay some ground work for future installments.
    The Body (Ales Kot) is quite devisive in this community. I think it is better than people give it credit, but it is very expertimental and absolutely isn't the place to start.
    007/The Oddest Job (Greg Pak) is one I personally do not like all that much. The author seems more interested in the (nominally) secondary character he created for this than in James Bond.
    The same problem befalls Big Things (Vita Ayala and Danny Lore), but to me the writing is on a slightly higher level, so I prefer this to The Oddest Job, but both are lower on the list.
    The Felix Leiter spin-off (James Robinson) is, I think, very good, but defenitely it's own thing. Let me put it like this: If you felt like Felix should have been a bit less cheery at the end of Licence to Kill after his wife was killed and he was mutilated by a shark, this is the version of Felix for you.
    The one shots are also probably not where one would start, but are all nice little stories that I feel can be picked up at any point. Truly the equivalent to the Fleming short stories in that they feel slightly inconsequential and with lower stakes, but still can give interesting insights into the characters here and there.
    Reflections of Death is like a short story collection with one overarching plot. I like it on the whole (some stories more than others) but it feels almost like a cap on the stories, we've had until now as this is the one place some previously introduced original charcters return. So also maybe later on the reading list.

    Origins, I like a lot (although it also has better and worse arcs) and would recommend you check out. I have never read "Young Bond" but I am pretty sure, that these are not compatible to that, even though they are in a similar chronology. These are also not all that "Bondian". Meaning while the character of James is being shown and developed presumably to where he would be at the beginning of CR, they don't shove in to many references to the novels or the movies and there isn't a whole lot of the Bond formula to be found. I personally think they are better for it .

    The adaptations: I think they are interesting and if you want a new or different way to experience Fleming's writing, this works well. I thought LALD was slightly better than CR just because there is a bit more to show in that one. If you don't like the art style, don't pick it up. Read the novel instead. There is literally nothing the Graphic Novels will give you other than artistic depictions of what is going on (and the one niggle I have with them is that there are a handful of instances where there is a bit of a picture/text dissonance. For example, Bond's diving suit is described - in text in a box in the Graphic Novel - as tight fitting to the skin, and the pictures show him in something more like the loose suit in FYEO. Not deal-braking, but kind of strange.)


    I have gone on much much much too long. But I hope this gives you an intro.

    tl;dr: Start with Vargr, just because it was first, but maybe take a look at that #1 to see if you are ok with the level of gore, before buying the whole collection. Then I like Kill Chain and Hammerhead the next best out of the main line. Origins is good and worth a read. The adaptations are interesting and super close to the novels - that can be a pro and con I guess.

    Wow thanks for all the suggestions. I ordered the Warren Ellis collection last night- seems like a good starting point and it's a nice looking edition. Once I've read through the 12 issues in there, I'll revisit your post.
  • QsCatQsCat London
    edited January 19 Posts: 134
    The folio editions are amazing, but yeah I wouldn’t buy them *solely* for the illustrations. And my avatar is indeed Dalton, but from an unused Licence to Kill poster by the artist who did the poster for The Spy Who Loved Me:
    2lxi4bjhhsd41.jpg
    Ah ok, very nice, thanks. I'd like to see posters like this in the future, rather than the usual photoshopped images..
    One reason I want to give the comics a go is because they have so much potential to show what could be/have been. There could be a comic of License Revoked and other films that never happened such as Lazenby's second. We can see alternative adaptations, more faithful to the books, with different casting and bolder styling.
  • Posts: 8,559
    QsCat wrote: »
    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.
    DWZU5Jel.jpg
    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?

    hopefully it gets released at somepoint
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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  • mrlynxmrlynx Maine
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    That snippet sounds like a tie-in to a conflict shown in one of the Reflections o Death stories, where enemy agents ambushed a close ally of Bond and the plot was left unresolved.
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    I think Agent of Spectre could be really interesting. It may not be the classic Bond I love to see as in Hammerhead and a Kill Chain, but it’s a really interesting concept which may see how far Bond can be pushed onto the “dark side”. I think trying a concept like this is more interesting than making a below par remake of Goldfinger for example, even if it doesn’t all work out.
  • mrlynxmrlynx Maine
    Posts: 22
    2Wint2Kidd wrote: »
    I think Agent of Spectre could be really interesting. It may not be the classic Bond I love to see as in Hammerhead and a Kill Chain, but it’s a really interesting concept which may see how far Bond can be pushed onto the “dark side”. I think trying a concept like this is more interesting than making a below par remake of Goldfinger for example, even if it doesn’t all work out.

    Well said! We've seen Bond question the ethics of his government-sanctioned missions (and hits, for that matter) before, it'l be interesting to see him a part of what is basically a private intelligence syndicate. I'm reminded of Silva's line in Skyfall - "If you wanted, you could have your own secret missions..."

  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    @ImpertinentGoon
    Thanks for you suggestions/short reviews. According to you, I have already read all the better ones. I have the first six (from VARGR to Kill Chain), the two novel adaptations and the Origin ones.
    I'm exactly one of them who thinks that there is a bit too much violence and images filled with blood in the first few stories. It feels more like John Wick than James Bond in some chapters.

    I finished the Origin stories today and liked them a lot. They are probably my favourite Bond comics so far. I love the drawings, the bright colours (much much better than the strange colours in CR or the pink Black Box.) and the setting around the second WW works fine for me. Great to see him at College first and that we learn about his spy training.
    I'm also a fan of the Young Bond novels (only the ones from Higson) and the Origin comics are a nice follow up for me (but he is a bit older in the comics).

    I defintely skip The Body and the Oddjob arc but I'm still not sure what I should buy next.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
    Posts: 459
    @ImpertinentGoon
    Thanks for you suggestions/short reviews. According to you, I have already read all the better ones. I have the first six (from VARGR to Kill Chain), the two novel adaptations and the Origin ones.
    I'm exactly one of them who thinks that there is a bit too much violence and images filled with blood in the first few stories. It feels more like John Wick than James Bond in some chapters.

    I finished the Origin stories today and liked them a lot. They are probably my favourite Bond comics so far. I love the drawings, the bright colours (much much better than the strange colours in CR or the pink Black Box.) and the setting around the second WW works fine for me. Great to see him at College first and that we learn about his spy training.
    I'm also a fan of the Young Bond novels (only the ones from Higson) and the Origin comics are a nice follow up for me (but he is a bit older in the comics).

    I defintely skip The Body and the Oddjob arc but I'm still not sure what I should buy next.

    If you haven't yet, maybe get Felix Leiter. If that doesn't seem like something you would be interested in, than I would say either Reflections of Death or Case Files. Reflections has a story with the lead from the Odd Job arc that kind of builds on that story, but works as a standalone and the way that book is set up, it doesn't matter all that much anyway, if you don't really get one of the stories.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 2,770
    Thanks for the suggestions. I will probably try one of these collections of short stories. The Felix Leiter comic is already in my bookshelf.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
    edited February 5 Posts: 16,035
    QsCat wrote: »
    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.
    DWZU5Jel.jpg
    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?

    @QsCat, I'm sorry to say it was never real. It was a cheeky april fools joke on my part some years ago. ;)
  • QsCatQsCat London
    Posts: 134
    Murdock wrote: »
    QsCat wrote: »
    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.
    DWZU5Jel.jpg
    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?

    @QsCat, I'm sorry to say it was never real. It was a cheeky april fools joke on my part some years ago. ;)

    Haha you swine
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Murdock - as 'punishment', you now have to complete the comic.
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    Here's the cover :

    STL185945.jpg

    Very Seranko, methinks. And the summary :
    As Bond struggles with the fallout of the previous issue's shock ending, all bets are off. Double and triple crosses and being in bed with the enemy - sometimes literally - are the order of the day. Has Bond truly become no different than the members of SPECTRE he is now working for, or does he have a master plan that can work against impossible odds?
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    edited February 23 Posts: 1,922
    https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/dynamites-new-superspy-series-james-bond-agent-of-spectre

    New interview with the creators. Also, our new villain is Titania Jones, and a rare woman villain.
  • Posts: 8,559
    is it me or does 007 look a little like Billy Joel on the cover... maybe he will fall in love with an Uptown girl in the issue,


    or be under pressure...


    at least he didn't start the Fire I will see myself out now
  • I'm looking forward to this one...
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    Posts: 14,431
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/dynamites-new-superspy-series-james-bond-agent-of-spectre

    New interview with the creators. Also, our new villain is Titania Jones, and a rare woman villain.

    Female Bond villains are always to be welcomed in any Bond medium. It's a pretty exclusive club.
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    I just wish she had a better name.
  • edited February 24 Posts: 5,743
    Revelator wrote: »
    I just wish she had a better name.

    The name is uninspired despite its literary origins—first Ovid, then Shakespeare. Perhaps if she simply had a better surname.

    Nevertheless, this Agent of SPECTRE storyline sounds like it's shaping up nicely.
  • Posts: 628
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/dynamites-new-superspy-series-james-bond-agent-of-spectre

    New interview with the creators. Also, our new villain is Titania Jones, and a rare woman villain.

    Female Bond villains are always to be welcomed in any Bond medium. It's a pretty exclusive club.
    My favourite villain Dynamite has done so far has been Victoria Hunt, and Rika van de Havik is a pretty great villain as well, so there is no complaints from me.

    However I am curious what role Blofeld is going to play if he’s not the main villain, given that he has been mentioned in the previews. Maybe Titania Jones is actually Blofeld, similar to the speculation of Lucia Sciarra being Blofeld in Spectre.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited February 24 Posts: 14,431
    2Wint2Kidd wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/dynamites-new-superspy-series-james-bond-agent-of-spectre

    New interview with the creators. Also, our new villain is Titania Jones, and a rare woman villain.

    Female Bond villains are always to be welcomed in any Bond medium. It's a pretty exclusive club.
    My favourite villain Dynamite has done so far has been Victoria Hunt, and Rika van de Havik is a pretty great villain as well, so there is no complaints from me.

    However I am curious what role Blofeld is going to play if he’s not the main villain, given that he has been mentioned in the previews. Maybe Titania Jones is actually Blofeld, similar to the speculation of Lucia Sciarra being Blofeld in Spectre.

    The new Nena Bismaquer (John Gardner’s For Special Services), you could say. ;)
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Has anyone started Agent of Spectre yet?
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
    Posts: 459
    On it right now. Full spoilers roving commentary under the spoiler tag.
    It has a short PTS, that is pretty dim, but gets us into the story really quick.

    There is a strange nod towards codename theory, that thankfully doesn't bear out fully and is strangely similar to the Oddjob business in that whole run. Not a fan.

    The art is typical Casalanguida. Very good, but I always have to think of Batman. I don't know if they changed colorists, but the colors seem a bit more experimental at times (shadows and darkness in violets and blues and somesuch) and I like it.

    Oh no. Bond dual wields silenced guns and cleans out a room of six goons in four panels doing barrel rolls. Not good.

    No no no. Blofeld is Bane throwing Bond around the room? What the fuck?

    What is this? Blofeld and Bond are discussing whether or not Bond would be sad if Leiter was killed?

    The writer clearly brushed up on the Thunderball novel for their Blofeld, but I don't get the feeling they really nailed the guy. It leans heavily on the physical presence and former weightlifter and all that. Not what I connect with the character, but maybe I'm scewed by the films.

    Blofeld's quip about women and Americans is ridiculous.

    I still think the general idea is good. Civil War inside Spectre. The adversaries know too much about each other so open warfare using their own assets would be very costly and unpredictable, so Blofeld taps Bond.

    So the set-up is "one last job and then you're out". Ok. Not very imaginative. This could turn better or become really dreary. We'll see. I liked the straight angle of "If you don't do it, I will kill Leiter and burn down the whole world trying to get my opponent. So you better do a clean job" better than the personal issues and I don't believe for a second Bond actually plans to go for it.

    Non-spoiler tl;dr: I didn't like it, but it is still just a #1 and not so bad that I won't check out the next few issues.
  • As I've stated before, Bond is a difficult character to do well in single issue ("floppy") comic books. There are just too many different threads that need to go into a proper Bond story. They can't all fit into one 20 page chapter. Collections and graphic novels are better suited to generating a satisfying Bond storyline. First issues are particularly hard to put together for ANY form of continuing comic book. The best they can do is set up the concept, and subsequent issues are generally where one is most likely to find the meat of the tale. This one has an interesting concept -- Bond working for SPECTRE -- but it's something that's already been promoted widely in the fan press. No surprise here, then. And it's easy to guess that Titania Jones is going to be our obligatory Gorgeous Woman as well as our opponent for at least part of the novel once it is complete and collected. We get a quick nod toward the codename theory and another bit of dialogue that references Bond the fashion plate. We have a bit of Blofeld in the set-up (and I certainly expect his "arrangement" with Bond will be disposed of before the storyline is concluded.) All things considered it's a decent but not-quite-stirring (or shaking) first issue. Worth following future installments if not entirely satisfactory just yet...
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited March 5 Posts: 14,431
    As I've stated before, Bond is a difficult character to do well in single issue ("floppy") comic books. There are just too many different threads that need to go into a proper Bond story. They can't all fit into one 20 page chapter. Collections and graphic novels are better suited to generating a satisfying Bond storyline. First issues are particularly hard to put together for ANY form of continuing comic book. The best they can do is set up the concept, and subsequent issues are generally where one is most likely to find the meat of the tale. This one has an interesting concept -- Bond working for SPECTRE -- but it's something that's already been promoted widely in the fan press. No surprise here, then. And it's easy to guess that Titania Jones is going to be our obligatory Gorgeous Woman as well as our opponent for at least part of the novel once it is complete and collected. We get a quick nod toward the codename theory and another bit of dialogue that references Bond the fashion plate. We have a bit of Blofeld in the set-up (and I certainly expect his "arrangement" with Bond will be disposed of before the storyline is concluded.) All things considered it's a decent but not-quite-stirring (or shaking) first issue. Worth following future installments if not entirely satisfactory just yet...

    That is an interesting concept but it's something that has already been done in John Gardner's fourth Bond continuation novel Role of Honour (1984) where Bond pilots the airship for SPECTRE. At that time SPECTRE was led by 'Colonel' Tamil Rahani. Once again, it shows that when it comes to Bond there's nothing new under the sun.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    As I've stated before, Bond is a difficult character to do well in single issue ("floppy") comic books. There are just too many different threads that need to go into a proper Bond story. They can't all fit into one 20 page chapter. Collections and graphic novels are better suited to generating a satisfying Bond storyline. First issues are particularly hard to put together for ANY form of continuing comic book. The best they can do is set up the concept, and subsequent issues are generally where one is most likely to find the meat of the tale. This one has an interesting concept -- Bond working for SPECTRE -- but it's something that's already been promoted widely in the fan press. No surprise here, then. And it's easy to guess that Titania Jones is going to be our obligatory Gorgeous Woman as well as our opponent for at least part of the novel once it is complete and collected. We get a quick nod toward the codename theory and another bit of dialogue that references Bond the fashion plate. We have a bit of Blofeld in the set-up (and I certainly expect his "arrangement" with Bond will be disposed of before the storyline is concluded.) All things considered it's a decent but not-quite-stirring (or shaking) first issue. Worth following future installments if not entirely satisfactory just yet...

    That is an interesting concept but it's something that has already been done in John Gardner's fourth Bond continuation novel Role of Honour (1984) where Bind pilots the airship for SPECTRE. At that time SPECTRE was led by 'Colonel' Tamil Rahani. Once again, it shows that when it comes to Bond there's nothing new under the sun.

    Interesting connection. I am Bond fan enough to be an active member here and read the comics and stuff, but I have no connection whatsoever to the continuation novels, especially the Gardner stuff. I wonder what the readership for the comics is and how many readers pick up on a connection like that.
    The Dynamite run is repurposing the classic villains from the Fleming books interspersed with original villains.
    So far we've gotten Goldfinger, Mr. Big, SMERSH and now Blofeld, with one new villain being very Drax-like.
    I wonder, if they would ever get into actually, purposefully re-doing some of the continuation stuff. Dynamite is operating under licence from Ian Fleming Publications, so in theory those stories should be fair game, right?
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