James Bond #5
Bond and partner, Miss Keys, are on the trail of an art counterfeiter, chasing him all over Manhattan to try and catch him.
James Bond has to be one of the most underrated comics being published today. The book is consistently amazing and yet, from what I’ve seen, nobody is talking about it. If you like James Bond or action movies, you’re going to love this comic. Authors Vita Ayala & Danny Lore deliver a fantastic adventure rooted in the James Bond mythology. Beyond that, the book is just plain great. This issue, Ayala & Lore put Bond in an environment that he’s not out of place in, a high society art auction. Soon, Bond is separated from his partner, and both lives are threatened. One of the best things about this issue is the villain. At first, you see very close up shots of his face, later in the issue, you see his silhouette, and finally, he’s full-on revealed. The rule of less is more definitely is applied to this story and it works.
The art by Brent Peeples this issue is very, I guess “soft” is the word I’m looking for. I don’t mean that it’s not good, I mean that there’s really no boldness to it. It’s a style that I think might work a little better on a different book. This is a big-budget action movie kind of book, but the art doesn’t exactly reflect that. I think if Peeples had been a bit more heavy-handed with his art on this issue it’d be a stronger issue overall. The art doesn’t ruin the comic by any means, I just think that it holds it back from getting a higher rating.
A solid issue overall. Good writing, good art, a story that'll keep you hooked and a great last page reveal/cliffhanger,
James Bond #5: The Hottest Girls Are Always The Ones That Try To Kill You
Writing - 8/108/10
Storyline - 8.5/108.5/10
Art - 8/108/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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