In Review: James Bond 007: Moneypenny

On a ‘routine' protection mission, Moneypenny discovers a complicated assassination plot that bears a startling resemblance to a terrorist attack from her childhood.

Synopsis: On a ‘routine’ protection mission, Moneypenny discovers a complicated assassination plot that bears a startling resemblance to a terrorist attack from her childhood. Can she call upon her secret agent skills to stop the plot…?

Review: Written by Jody Houser with art by newcomer Jacob Edgar. This book is based on a mission performed by Money Penny. Who we know as a friend to James Bond and as M’s body guard.

This comic is pretty much giving us a take on the Moneypenny that we seen reinvented in Skyfall.

In the story. Moneypenny is fairly fresh out of training when she is sent on a mission to thwart a complex assassination attempt.

To this end, she is sent to a University where she is among students and such.

The action flows nicely and the art by Jacob Edgar is fairly good.

Narratively the story is slowed down by various flashbacks to Moneypenny’s past, which do not really a hell of a lot to service the story. In fact, only one of them is at all relevant, but that particular moment was all to brief and came a little late in the story for me to really feel invested.

I have to give props to Jody Houser for trying to tell a solid story featuring Moneypenny, but narratively. I feel that she needed more than the one issue to spin this particular tale.

We get a brief appearance from 007 himself, which is the usual flirting between the two characters.

When I got this I was hoping for a somewhat faster-paced story, but unfortunately, the flashback sequences slowed this down and didn’t really offer much to the story than to provide a little back story for Moneypenny. Backstory, which seemed pretty pointless given that most fans of the films and comics will already have a good idea of who Moneypenny is.

I think Houser may have been able to provide a fuller Moneypenny story had she had more than just the one issue to impress us with.

8.6
007 James Bond: Moneypenny
  • Covers
    9.0
  • Story
    7.1
  • Art Work
    8.5
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net

You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net

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