In Review: James Bond: Agent of Spectre #1

There's a civil war brewing within SPECTRE. An upstart American member of the international criminal organization is attempting a coup, threatening to depose Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Agent of Spectre

Synopsis: In Agent of Spectre. There’s a civil war brewing within SPECTRE. An upstart American member of the international criminal organization is attempting a coup, threatening to depose Ernst Stavro Blofeld. She’s on guard against Blofeld’s men, so to take her out, Blofeld recruits a wild card – James Bond!

 

The Story

‘Agent of Spectre’ sees James Bond dispatched to Paris. His mission is to find a traitor within Spectre and bring her back to the UK. However, things go astray when Ernst Stavro Blofeld intercepts Bond before he can even begin the mission. Holding a certain CIA Agent as leverage. Blofeld manipulates Bond into a corner. Now 007’s mission is to kill the mole that is looking to take over Spectre.

 

The Artwork

Luca Casalanguida brings a rough and ready style of art to this book, which totally suits the storyline. The artist’s interpretation of Blofeld is far more intimidating than any of the actors that have played the role in the Bond films. With perhaps the exception of Telly Savalas in the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. The artwork is done in such a way that we get a lot of shadows and darker inks. It’s not a particularly polished style of art. But for this book, it works pretty well.

 

Overall

Christos N. Gage does a brilliant job with the characterizations and the dialogue. Furthermore, the dialogue between Bond and Blofeld is so bloody awesome that I could actually hear the scenes playing out in my head. I loved the level of detail and how well Blofeld had researched Bond. We even get a nice little reference to Skyfall and Bonds origins.

In this story. Bond is middle age and that gets referenced as being somewhat of a negative thing given the life expectancy of 00 agents.

Overall. This is a really strong beginning to what may well be one of the most epic James Bond stories that Dynamite has ever released. I got to the end of this first issue and was disappointed that there wasn’t more of it.

 

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9.4
James Bond: Agent of Spectre #1
  • Covers
    10
  • Story
    9.6
  • Artwork
    8.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.2

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: [email protected]
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