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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..."
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.
@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
A summary of Agent of Spectre #3.
Very Seranko, methinks. And the summary :
New interview with the creators. Also, our new villain is Titania Jones, and a rare woman villain.
or be under pressure...
at least he didn't start the Fire I will see myself out now
Female Bond villains are always to be welcomed in any Bond medium. It's a pretty exclusive club.
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.
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. ;)
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.
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.
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.
Anyway, I like it a lot.
I thought it was horrible.
I recall enjoying Kill Chain well enough. One that I read recently that I wouldn’t recommend at all (apart from the splendid cover art by Fay Dalton) was Reflections of Death. Bond