Synopsis: Felix Leiter finds himself in Japan, tracking down a beautiful, Russian spy from his past. But when the mission takes a turn for the worse, he will discover that there are more deadly schemes afoot in Tokyo and beyond!
Review: The creative team James Robinson (Starman, Red Sonja) and Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, Uncanny) sink their teeth into a new Bond Spin-Off featuring James Bond’s US counterpart Felix Leiter.
This first issue acts as mostly set up and sees Felix nursing a shot of two of Whisky while looking back on a mission in which he had to track down a Russian Spy from his past. Its obvious the two have a history, but seems that things did not end well for him.
This mostly sets up the character of Felix by offering us some insight about him, which I hope will come into play in later issues. Otherwise it will just prove to be wasteful expositional blurb.
Things don’t really pick up with the story until the last few pages in which Bond provides Felix with some upgraded replacement limbs. Felix had some of the high tech limbs in the story Vargr, which saw Bond close that entire operation down and pretty much void Felix’s warrantee.
Thankfully issue one ends on a ambitious note in which Felix gets a phone call from Tiger who tells him to make his way to Japan to investigate a chemical weapons attack.
From a narrative point of view. This opening issue is slow burn, but does enough to keep the reader interested enough to keep reading.
The artwork from Aaron Campbell is really nice. I especially the colour choices, which gave the book a classic hard boiled detective thriller feel.
This is a fairly good start. Not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a strong enough start to keep me interested enough to read the next issue.