Comic Review: James Bond: The Body #1 (Dynamite)

Ales Kot continues from the late Ian Fleming in writing Dynamite’s new title, James Bond: The Body, issue one. Ales’ writing is a good match for Bond. It’s terse and […]

Ales Kot continues from the late Ian Fleming in writing Dynamite’s new title, James Bond: The Body, issue one. Ales’ writing is a good match for Bond. It’s terse and descriptive, lean and mean.

Luca Casalanguida handles art, and Valentina Pinto is colorist.

In the first issue of this new series, we meet Bond being examined by a doctor. Bond’s in rough shape as the result of a severe beating. *This incarnation of Bond is immense; he’s tall and burly, built like a brick wall. No Roger Moore prettiness, no Sean Connery football-level manliness; this guy is gigantic. A shame, really, because for me, this interferes in my adapting to the story.

But let’s move past that, shall we? Bond’s assignment is to protect a human “target” at a cocktail reception. He disguises himself as a waiter, then gets chastised by the party organizer for not moving quickly enough with the hors d’oeuvres. What irony!

The script is good, the story is clear, the action is fierce. Art is strong, with Lucas’ style landing somewhere around Jordi Bernet’s for cartoon/ realism. It’s an enjoyable read.
If you like Bond, and can get your head around seeing the “gigantic James”, and want excitement, you will enjoy the first issue of The Body!

Dynamite James Bond: The Body #1, $3.99 for 22 pages of content. Not rated.

Alan Spinney

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