Synopsis: 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.
Review: After a mission to prevent an assassination James Bond has to undergo some grueling medical treatment and recaps his mission to his enthusiastic Doctor while omitting certain facts.
Written by Ales Kot this latest Bond adventure gets off to a fun and somewhat witty start with bond talking about a mission while being patched up. The back and forth dialogue between Bond and his Doctor is fun to read and very much how you’d imagine it to be.
The mission sees Bond posing as a waiter at a party and he has to find an assassin with very little to go on. This forces him to use his most basic spycraft skills such as reading body language and using his intuition to rule people out.
Much of this first issue is Bond talking to his Doctor about the mission and getting his diagnosis. The comic ends on an ominous note as Bond is about to leave the Doctor.
The artwork from Luca Casalanguida is pretty solid throughout the book. The attention to detail in regards to Bonds cuts and lacerations from having been in several fights was really good. I especially liked the attention paid to the eye, which was swollen shut. The artwork at the party is also pretty good as we get to view various suspects through bonds eyes while he is relating how he picked the suspects out to his Doctor.
Overall. This was a pretty solid first issue, which has enough story to keep me involved for issue 2, which I should imagine will be out next month. There’s no doubt about it. Bond is back!