Review: James Bond: The Body #1

As Bond undergoes a post-mission medical examination, he relays the story of his previous mission to the examiner. Each cut, bruise, and broken bone connected to a specific event of the mission. A connection is made between two people with different purposes: one to save lives, the other to take them.

The concept along of Ales Kot writing James Bond stops to get me to take notice. The idea of a story being relayed based on the bruises on Bond’s body is a concept that’s so simple I’m amazed it hasn’t been done before.

James Bond: The Body #1 has a very worked over Bond at the physician’s office being asked about his latest mission and recounting how his current state came to be. There’s something so simple in this framing that it’s amazing it’s taken so long for this to happen (and if it has in the past, it’s new to me).

Kot nails so much in the story especially the interaction between the doctor and Bond. But, it’s the mission itself that’s most interesting. An assassination that must be prevented, there’s something at the end that twists the story in a way that’ll keep you thinking and wondering. Through the brutality, there’s a humanity about it all. The perp and Bond himself.

The art by Luca Casalanguida delivers every bruise and bump in detail. You know why his eye is closed and the ribs are broken. As a reader you wince at each punch, bump, and bruise.

I love the concept and want to see what comes next. There’s a simplicity about it that’s utterly brilliant and Kot and Casalanguida combine for a story that has you wondering how this hasn’t happened earlier. A solid story that can be picked up as a one-shot and I think something greater, it’s completely entertaining and a definite buy.

Story: Ales Kot Art: Luca Casalanguida
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review