• James Bond #3



    James Bond #3
    Released by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: December 30th, 2015.
    Written by: Warren Ellis
    Illustrated by: Jason Masters
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    The third issue of this new series from Dynamite Entertainment, which is all wrapped up under a super slick cover courtesy of Dom Reardon, catches up with England’s most famous spy but not before it fills us in on what happened to sexy counter agent Dharma Reach. When the issue opens, she’s talking to a certain doctor Kurjak about the failing of her mission – but he’s got a backup plan, and he’s more than willing to put that into action.

    Meanwhile, Bond is skulking around in the shadows, poking around a warehouse undercover of the darkness. He lets himself in and sees a gang of men packing up narcotics for shipment, possibly to the UK. It turns out that he’s been ‘sent to the wrong party’ and that the guys he’s watching right now are part of a Lebanese-German terrorist organization called Al-Zein. Bond discretely sends a text to mission control, but they opt to wait it out. He’s outnumbered and outgunned, but he’s Bond. A firefight breaks out and a lot of people die, some quite bloodily. He’s able to question one of the men, one who speaks English, as he lies on the floor bleeding out. The guy says he doesn’t know Slaven Kurjak and that they’re not importing into the UK because all the money is in Europe.

    Bond leaves the warehouse alive, unaware that he’s being watched by Dharma who is reporting back to Kurjak who tells her that they’re going into ‘condition Vargr.’ When Bond stops off for a nightcap, an assassin show up at the Berlin bureau, guns blazing…

    Considerably more violent and hard hitting than the two issues that led up to this third chapter, James Bond #3 is fast paced, gritty and surprisingly brutal. Ellis’ script is the very model of efficiency here – it moves the plot along, it adds further layers of intrigue to what’s already been established and it leaves us wanting more by the time we hit the last page. Ellis’ Bond is a machine, a man with no qualms whatsoever when it comes to taking another person’s life if it’s in the line of duty and in fact, you get the impression at times that he likes it. This Bond is jaded, he seems to thrive on the action, the darker side of his occupation. Is he doing this to serve England or is he doing this because he likes to kill or because he’s a bit of a thrill jockey? The right answer of course is all of the above, at least at this point it seems that way, and Ellis nails it. No witty retorts this time around, no snappy dialogue and no flirting with the ladies – just lean, mean efficiency.

    Jason Masters’ artwork, which is nicely complemented by Guy Majors’ coloring, conveys the intensity of the action in this issue very nicely. The warehouse shootout is the big set piece and it’s bloody, nasty and gritty – the movement, the fluidity and the intensity of it all is conveyed really well. The backgrounds could have more detail in them but the characters are nicely illustrated and shadows and light are used well to create some nice mood and atmosphere.