In Review: Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1

Working-class super-spy Eggsy follows in his mentor's footsteps but is still rough around the edges for a Kingsman agent.

Synopsis: Working-class super-spy Eggsy follows in his mentor’s footsteps but is still rough around the edges for a Kingsman agent. Rejected by his high school crush and hot on the heels of a rescue mission to save Prince Phillip, he embarks on an international terror plot in a story that starts where James Bond draws the line.

Review: Set after the events of the new movie. ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. This new arc sees’s Eggsy having to rescue royalty but face some consequences for the methods he employed during and after the rescue.

This is the first Kingsman story to not be written by the series creator’s Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Taking on the writing and art duties are Rob Williams and Simon Frasier.

Williams does a great job of finding the characters voices and the many pop cultural references dotted throughout the story are a real hoot. Much fun is had with the main villains debating the matter of who it was that made Terminator: Salvation. And we also get some fantastic fun out of a few other references with a gagged prince Philip trying to explain his country of origin.

The best part of this is that we get to see how Eggsy struggles with his downtime and pretty much find out the hard way that he no longer fits in with the people from the neighborhood where he grew up. A point brought home painfully by the girl that he had a crush on when he was in school rejects his proposition.

The artwork by Simon Frasier is consistent and works perfectly with the written narrative. I especially enjoyed the panels concerning the kidnapping and rescue of Prince Philip. Even though the artist’s interpretation of Prince Philip is perhaps a little flattering.

Over all. I really enjoyed this first issue and would be happy to pick up issue two when it arrives next month.

If you are a fan of the previous two story arcs. You will not be disappointed with this new arc.

9.2
Kingsman: The Red Diamond
  • Covers
    8.5
  • Story
    9.8
  • Art Work
    9.0
  • Lettering
    9.1
  • Colours
    9.5

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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