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!
‘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.
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.
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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