James Bond: 007 #1

Dynamite Entertainment

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Art by Marco Finnegan

Colors by Dearbhla Kelly

Letters by Jeff Eckleberry

The Rundown: Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a new threat with a connection to his past.

In Moscow, an analyst is downloading information for MI-6 agent James Bond who tells him that he needs to run when the authorities arrive. Unfortunately, the man is too slow and Bond needs to step in to rescue him. Things get more heated when a group of mercenaries intercept them both and reveal that Bond is the target.

In the aftermath, Bond returns to England and the news that he has been pulled from active duty. After receiving a call from an old friend and former agent, Bond goes to a meeting only to find himself immersed in a mystery as well as finding a target painted on his back.

The Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson creates an interesting and intriguing new mystery for Bond in this first issue. The plot has a great cinematic quality with some of the best elements of a political thriller and murder mystery mixed in. Making things personal for Bond is an interesting thematic choice, but I hope the story transcends that to make something more entertaining than introspective because it’s been done too many times with the character in comics.

The Art: Finnegan delivers some great, classic Bond visuals in the first issue. The action is visually thrilling and the art does a great job of matching the emotional tone of the story.

James Bond: 007 #1

8.6

8.6/10

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