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Greg Pak was very open about why he wanted the gig in the first place.
He wanted more representation for asian characters (he's half asian or something). In this case he tried to turn Oddjob into a semi heroic figure. God knows why.
And it's a pity because the first 2 issues, where Oddjob was still portrayed as an antagonist to Bond, were very good (The first issue still remains one of my favorites in the entire catalogue). Now the whole series just feels like it's wandering aimlessly without a lead character.
But that is just my opinion, maybe someone else enjoys this run.
At least Bond gets some good moments here and there, and the character is not misrepresented like in The Body.
We still have 3 issues to go so i will keep my final verdict till it's finished.
On another note, I bought the hardcover for Origin and really enjoyed it. Not quite my favourite, I much prefer Bond working for MI6 as an adult. Despite that it’s nice seeing Bond in a different period of his life without it falling into many of the traps that other prequels fall into. I found the end of the sixth issue particularly effective.
I would have loved to read that, especially with the badass Tiger from the Felix Leiter spinoff.
That would have made sense. I'm with you there.
So since Dynamite is calling it "the finale", i guess this will be the end of the series. Can't wait to hold this one in my hands finally.
The finale, it seems. Well, we’ll see what else Dynamite is cooking up for the world of James Bond.
However, Jeff Parker retweeted a minor response.
Hope there will be more coming, but i don't want them to force it.
Better to leave on a high note.
Overall i would say Origin is one of the best Bond series that Dynamite has produced so far.
From art to story telling everything is top notch.
Jeff Parker teasing us some more:
Jeff Parker Writer's Commentary on the "Finale" of James Bond Origin. Spoilers ahead! Also, a preview of Goldfinger this week.
Lastly, review of James Bond #10.
If that doesn't sound intriguing, i don't know what does 8-|
Not looking forward to this one that much, but i will remain optimistic and open minded as always (i WANT to like these frigging books!)
Origin HC Vol. 2 comes out in November.
Gotta say I read James Bond #10 and I wasn't impressed. I don't know what your feelings were on it. Shame. There's something about the pacing in this that just feels so weird to me.
Yeah i didn't like it at all, another pointless issue, and the artist they got now for these last 3 issues is a let down. But i don't like being a negative nancy on here, we got enough of those on the forum. I rather talk about good news. Yeah Goldfinger isn't going anywhere i would like it to go, and i'm afraid that won't change for the last two issues. But apparently there are people who like it.
I will only ever get vocal when I see Bond being bastardized and PC'ed for some BS agenda. GF is not that, it's just lame.... But there were some good moments and great artists (not enough overall i'm afraid)
I much rather focus on Live and Let die for now. I hope they won't delay it because i wanna buy it on the 5th of October when i'm in London.
I already bought two editions of the upcoming "Live And Let Die" comic book, one of which is signed by the author Van Jensen (and I have to say, what a wonderful guy he is, always very open and easy to approach on Twitter!). Because it now seems this will be an ongoing series. Van Jensen told me though, that adapting a novel into a comic book is perhaps more challenging than writing an original new Bond comic book.
The amount of time he invests in (re-)reading the actual Bond novels is a task I couldn't do myself. He has to maintain the 'feel' of the original novel, while also maintaining Fleming's rich prose, which is full of details. That's……..one helluva task!
I wrote a review for jamesbond.nl about "Casino Royale", which I truly loved and, in a way, is so much better than the original newspaper comic from the 1950's.
So, "Live And Let Die", that's the one I'm waiting for :-).
Down below the artwork for "Casino Royale" and its successor, "Live And Let Die", which arrives in stores next month:
Having learned that the upcoming James Bond-film "No Time To Die" will be set in Jamaica (and having seen some of the Jamaica images, I hadddd to reread the novel "Live And Let Die"), I am especially looking forward to the new Dynamite comic book adaptation of "Live And Let Die".
One last thing, I think it will be these Van Jensen comics that eventually will become very valuable in someone's collection. It's only a matter of waiting for the next Fleming-novel to be adapted :-).
Over James Bond 007... You're definitely right. It's not worth being negative over. On that thought, I actually don't think it's all bad. I think some of it has been pretty decent - particularly the earlier issues. I do hope it can redeem itself before the end. As you said the art in the earlier issues is pretty good!
Personally I love the art in Origin. It's so well drawn (among everything else that makes it pretty good!)
I think the Daily Express newspaper strips didn't really come alive until the adaptation of OHMSS, which benefited from an increased run-time. Before then the strips tended to come off as digests of the novels, rather than proper adaptations.
If they had released the first issue of Oddjob as a one shot, i would've put it next to Solstice as one of the greatest of them all. I still do.
I was so ridiculously hyped back then, just for the art. And the Story delivered too. Just for that one issue.
The first issue of Goldfinger is also pretty great, strangely enough.
I think the next two issues will just focus on the new scooby gang we have now, saddly.
5. Felix Leiter
6. Kill Chain
7. The Body
8. Casino Royale (Graphic Novel adaption of the book)
9. Case files Vol. 1 (Collection of 4 short stories)
10. Origin Vol. 1
11. James Bond 007 (dumb name, we call it "Oddjob" around here.)
Those are released and available atm. Except for 11. which is coming out shortly.
Origin Vol. 2 comes out November.
LALD comes out September.
Personally i prefer the HC anyway.
I'll grant that I'm more interested in the Fleming adaptations than any other Bond comic... but I still enjoy "those others" for what they are.
(Okay, aside from "The Body." That pretty much sucked. But the others have been okay.)
The problem is, a proper Bond story needs a lot of different elements in it to really touch all the bases we look for... and a 20 page monthly comic book just doesn't have the space to fit all those elements in. Those who are willing to wait for the collections may very well have a different experience of the stories than I do... but I think a good monthly comic is an art form all its own, and the Bond series just works better for me as a full novel or a big screen movie, than as a 20 page monthly "floppy." The full Fleming adaptations work for me in a way that the new comics storylines just haven't been able to. I'll still support them, but I look forward to the Fleming adaptations with a lot more enthusiasm.
October 8th. Also at Long Beach comic-con this weekend, the new writers will be there. Maybe some news is coming...