We can celebrate the return of Bond to Dynamite Comics with the release of Himeros #1. It’s an original Bond story, taking place today.
We begin in the UK, where a murder has taken place in London’s Belmarsh prison. Could it be an inside job? And wow, is the scenario around the death something relevant to today’s readers. Sure enough, things quickly get complicated, as the scene shifts overseas to Miami Florida.
Artist Antonio Fuso (colour by Adriano Augusto, letters by Social Myth Studios) gives us the business meetings, the heavily shadowed surroundings, the blocky-build kind of guys that inhabit Bond movies. The figures are solid, the drawings are dramatic, the panels erupt in shapes and directions as the action intensifies.
It’s all interesting if a bit stiff in its feel. The dialogue is restrained, and Bond is drawn to be a bit generic, rather than being the star of the show. He’s here in name when he should be more magnetic, better delineated as he brings his classic punch to the Himeros party.
Dynamite Comics, Ian Fleming’s James Bond, Himeros #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content