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Review: James Bond #2

James Bond #2

While the theft and forgery of a valuable piece of art might not seem like a logical mission for James Bond, things become clearer in the second issue. James Bond #2 slowly rolls out why 007 has been dispatched and we learn it’s something much bigger.

Writers Vita Ayala and Danny Lore have made it clear what their vision of a good Bond story is. This isn’t the over the top action of Moore, Dalton, or Brosnan. This is a story that’s more of a slower build like the Bond of Connery and Craig. It’s also a Bond that’s a bit gruffer like Craig’s depiction. He’s not all that likable, so far. Ayala and Lore deliver some teases of the smooth character that can win you over. But, this is a Bond of little words and constantly thinking.

What’s interesting about James Bond #2 is the history of Brandy that’s unexpected. She has history with M, something that’s hinted and teased but not laid out yet. She’s not a former agent but there’s something that’s key to her current business and also something that keeps her on the side of angels. It adds something to the series and takes the slow build and plot and adds enough mystery to have you wanting to continue.

The art by Eric Gapstur is good. With color by Roshan Kurichiyanil and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, the issue isn’t one of excitement. The art team has the difficult task of making talking interesting. While some panels could be tighter in their focus, the art pacing is good. The latter half of the comic particularly brings with it some tension as Bond focuses on his mission. That tension is helped by the art. The earlier panels in the comic featuring wider open scenes work in a different way in the latter part of the comic. Instead, the wide-open rooms and halls, with little detail and items, make you wonder how Bond will sneak around as he has so little to hide behind and use.

This new volume of James Bond is an interesting one. It’s a slow build that’s intriguing in a noir/crime sort of way. This isn’t over the top action and fancy gadgets. The first two issues are good but the pacing might mean waiting for the trade or binge-reading will enhance the enjoyment a bit. It’s a slow burn that’s more reminiscent of a crime/spy prose story than anything else. Fans of Bond that’s not about crazy sets and implausible will enjoy this one.

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Art: Eric Gapstur
Color: Roshan Kurichiyanil Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Undiscovered Country #3

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant) – We’re excited for the movie and the new volume has been a lot of fun. Hop on the bandwagon now!

Green Lantern Legacy (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their graphic novels for younger readers. We’re excited to see what this new takes on the Green Lantern myth is like.

Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a fun comic and the one-shot “winter specials” are always a good read to pick up and enjoy.

Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is “dead” and Arno has taken over as Marvel looks to the rise of the robots in this mini-event to kick of 2020.

James Bond #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was good but odd as a James Bond story. Still, the theft of art is a new situation for the government agent and where this all goes has us interested in this one.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – One of the best comics to come out of DC Black Label so far. It’s quality in both storytelling and art.

Rai #3 (Valiant) – This is one of the best new series out there right now. Each issue has been amazing.

Rising Sun #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another popular board game gets a comic adaptation. It’s always interesting to see what direction these go in. As board game fans, we’re excited.

Second Coming #6 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume wraps up in this smart look at religion and hero worship.

Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics) – The first two issues of this series have been a wild ride. We’re excited to find out more about this isolated future America and what it’s warped in to. This is going down the rabbit hole to find a Mad Max world of possibility.

Preview: James Bond (2020) #2

James Bond (2020) #2

writers: Vita Ayala & Danny Lore
artists: Eric Gapstur
covers: Jim Cheung (A), Jim Cheung (RI-B/W), Cheung Pencil Sketch (RI-B/W), Cheung Vintage Paperback Cover (RI)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

A fake is only the beginning…

James Bond is forced into a world he doesn’t understand.

Counterfeits, smuggling, following impossible trails to invisible villains. Can he learn to trust others for help, or will the mission leave him behind? From VITA AYALA (Morbius), DANNY LORE (Queen of Bad Dreams), ERIC GAPSTUR (The Flash: Year Zero), and ROBERT CAREY.

James Bond (2020) #2

Preview: James Bond: Live & Let Die HC

James Bond: Live & Let Die HC

writers: Van Jensen, Ian Fleming
artist: Kewber Baal
cover: Fay Dalton
FC | 168 pages | Action/Adventure | Standard Edition: $24.99 | Teen +

In this second adaptation of the Fleming novels… Bond is sent to New York City to investigate “Mr. Big”, an agent of SMERSH and a criminal voodoo leader. With no time for superstition — and with the help of his colleague in the CIA, Felix Leiter, Bond tracks “Mr. Big” through the jazz joints of Harlem, to the everglades and on to the Caribbean, knowing that this criminal heavy hitter is a real threat. No one, not even the mysterious Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end…

James Bond: Live & Let Die HC

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James Bond #1

It was new comic book day yesterday, what’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Heartstopper effortlessly captures the feeling of first love – Free comics!

Nintendo Life – Tech-Noir Graphic Novel Liberated Will Launch On Nintendo Switch First In 2020 – Interesting.

The Beat – More DC Comics editorial changes: McCallum and Richards depart amid reshuffling – 2020 will be an interesting year.

Reviews

Talking Comics – James Bond #1
Geek Dad – Swimming Darkness

Review: James Bond #1

James Bond #1

With a new film on the horizon, the excitement for more James Bond is in the air and Dynamite Entertainment delivers a new direction and series kicking off with James Bond #1.

Written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore the comic is an entertaining heist story but feels a little short when it comes to 007.

The first issue revolves around a missing painting which has been stolen with a forgery put in its place. Much of the issue is the discussion around and investigation involving that. Bond’s role is limited to an action sequence opening and a much later appearance. Instead, the issue is mainly focused on the two investigators attempting to figure out who stole the painting.

The comic is a good setup, don’t get me wrong. We get taken through the investigation and logic to figure out who the most likely thieves are. But, with a lack of Bond and lack of action, the comic feels more like The Italian Job from the police perspective than Bond. Still, the comic is good for those that enjoy that sort of story. By the end, we get at least more of a glimpse of our hero and the main attraction. Unlike recent Bond comics, this one doesn’t throw you into the action instead it gives us a slow build of the mystery.

The art by Eric Gapstur is good. Colored by Roshan Kurichiyanil and Rebecca Nalty with lettering by Ariana Maher, the comic’s art keeps the story entertaining despite the lack of action. It’s difficult to make what’s presented visually engaging but the team does a solid job. It doesn’t have the big explosions are crazy sequences but there’s something expressive about the characters that hooks you.

As a heist story, James Bond #1 is a solid start. As a Bond story, it’s a bit mixed. The issue is a lot of buildup to whatever villain awaits. It’s just a bit different in how we get there. The threat too feels a bit scaled back for a character who in the past has stopped global threats, another interesting change. There’s more to come and the debut is interesting enough to check the rest out. It just might be a disappointment for those expecting the typical Bond over the top action and threats.

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Art: Eric Gapstur
Color: Roshan Kurichiyanil, Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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It’s new comic book day! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Wet your whistle with Lackdaisy – Free comics!

Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Comics #1017
Talking Comics – Angel #7
The Beat – The Banks
Newsarama – Conan: Serpent War #1
Talking Comics – Detective Comics #1016
Newsarama – Ghost Rider 2099 #1
ICv2 – I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Newsarama – James Bond #1
AIPT – Martian Manhunter #10
Newsarama – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Comics Bulletin – Transformers Galaxies #3

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #2

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

20XX #1 (Image Comics) – In a not-so-distant future individuals with telekinetic abilities form gangs to survive. The concept sounds interesting and Lauren Keely and Jonathan Luna being on this puts in over the top as in being on our radar.

Annihilation Scourge: Fantastic Four #1/ Annihilation Scourge: Nova #1 (Marvel) – The debut of this new chapter in Marvel’s cosmic tale had us interested and as fans of the originals, we’re excited to read more.

Butcher of Paris #1 (Dark Horse) – A historical true crime thriller about a serial killer in 1944 Nazi-occupied Paris.

Conan: Serpent War #1 (Marvel) – Robert E. Howard’s creations team up with… Moon Knight!?

Doctor Doom #3 (Marvel) – One of the best comics out there right now. The first two issues were amazing.

Excalibur #3/Marauders #3/X-Men #3 (Marvel) – Dawn of X has been interesting for the X-Men and we’re in for the entire first arcs to see where it all goes.

Ghost Rider 2099 #1/Veonm 2099 #1 (Marvel) – The 2099 event has been very hit and miss but still, as fans of the original world we want to see what else is coming.

James Bond #1 (Dynamite) – Vita Ayala and Danny Lore take on the classic character just as we’re about to see the trailer for the new film. As Bond fans, yes please!

Kill Whitey Donovan #1 (Dark Horse) – It sounds like a standard revenge tale but the cover and title has us intrigued to find out more.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing) – The past team-ups with both groups have been a lot of fun and the idea of Tommy (the Green Ranger) joining forces with the Foot Clan has us beyond excited.

Over the Ropes #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Set in 1990s wrestling, the series is the latst to dive into the world and examines it inside and outside the ring.

Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and unexpected. Full of humor and fun, we immediately wanted more.

Preview: James Bond 007 Vol. 1

James Bond 007 Vol. 1

writer: Greg Pak
artists: Marc Laming & Stephen Mooney with Robert Carey
cover: Dave Johnson
FC | 144 pages | Action/Adventure | Standard Edition: $24.99 | Signed Edition: $39.99 | Teen +

The ODD JOB epic begins in a new ongoing James Bond comic series by superstars GREG PAK (Planet Hulk, Mech Cadet Yu), MARC LAMING (Star Wars, Wonder Woman), and STEPHEN MOONEY (Grayson, Angel)! Agent 007 tracks a smuggler into Singapore to secure a dangerous case, contents unknown. But a Korean mystery man wants the case as well, for very different reasons. And if Bond and this new rival don’t kill each other, the ruthless terrorist organization known as ORU will be more than happy to finish the job!

James Bond 007 Vol. 1

Preview: James Bond (2020) #1

James Bond (2020) #1

writers: Vita Ayala & Danny Lore
artist: Eric Gapstur
covers: Jim Cheung (A)
Jim Cheung (RI-B/W), Jim Cheung Pencil Sketch (RI-B/W), Jim Cheung, Vintage Paperback Cover (RI)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

New series, new team, new missions! VITA AYALA (Morbius, Age Of X-Man), DANNY LORE (Queen Of Bad Dreams) and ERIC GAPSTUR (James Bond 007) present a fresh take on the world’s greatest secret agent. When a priceless piece of art is found to be fake, investigations lead down a rabbit hole of international crime and corruption. But what the hell does James Bond know about the world of art forgery?

Featuring a cover by superstar JIM CHEUNG (Justice League, Young Avengers), that will be revealed as an interlocking image over the first three issues!

James Bond (2020) #1
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