James Bond 007 #1
Written by Greg Pak
Art by Marc Laming
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Ariana Maher
In the heart of Singapore, a Russian finds himself delivering a suitcase to a mystery man in a crowded club. When another mystery figure attempts to relieve the Russian of the case, a chase ensues and the would-be thief leaves a very familiar calling card buried in the elevator car as the Russian escapes.
In the lobby of the hotel, the Russian emerges and decides to have a beer at the bar. Unbeknownst to him, he’s being watched by James Bond. The spy decides to keep the man in his sights as he plays a friendly game at one of the tables with a mystery man. When the Russian attempts to escape, James pursues and finds himself fighting with his new acquaintance for the same target.
As a first issue, Pak does a great job of establishing the principles and conflict in this issue without making things overly complicated. I like that the story leaves enough mystery about what’s in the suitcase to keep the reader interested in what happens next. The story moves at sa good pace and the dialogue is well written. I enjoyed the fact that there is a new take on a classic Bond villain being established in this issue.
The art by Marc Laming is good. I really liked the subtlety of the art in many of the panels and the details in the fight scenes are great. There is a great visual flow to this issue.