Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Booknote: James Bond: Hammerhead

Andy Diggle, James Bond: Hammerhead. Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, 2017. ISBN: 9781524103224. 

Genre: comics and  graphic novels
Subgenre: action, adventure, spies, secret agents
Format: e-book galley
Source: NetGalley

Dynamite has a new run of James Bond comics, and I finally got to look at one of them. Warren Ellis started writing them. This one is done by Andy Diggle, continuing that work. I will say that it captures the feel and spirit of James Bond quite nicely.

In this adventure, James Bond has to stop an anti-capitalist radical that is targeting Britain's nuclear arsenal. As he investigates, he crosses paths with an industrialist who also happens to have the contract for a lot of British military work, including work with that nuclear arsenal. There may be a little comment there on just how much a military should be getting cozy with  a private contractor, but I digress. What Bond finds is a plot to make Great Britain be a great empire like used to be once more.

The story has a good pace, and it is entertaining blending action and intrigue. As I said, it captures the feel of the James Bond world and characters. If you enjoyed the older James Bond movies with Sean Connery, and even the ones with Roger Moore, you will probably enjoy this comic. It captures a bit of that old time feel with a nice contemporary touch. You get the gadgets, the action, the glamour, the sexy ladies, a femme fatale, so on. For me, it almost felt like watching a movie. The story moves along pretty quickly, so it left me wanting more, and I will certainly seek out more of this series. The art is very good as well, and brings the story to life.

Overall, I really liked it.

4 out of 5 stars.

This book  qualifies for the following 2017 Reading Challenges:

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