Comic Review: King of Spies #1 (Image Comics)

From the front cover on, we know that King of Spies #1, a new title from Image Comics, is a step above the crowd. Top drawer kind of stuff. With […]

From the front cover on, we know that King of Spies #1, a new title from Image Comics, is a step above the crowd.

Top drawer kind of stuff. With that first image, that of the Cobbs cigarette package, the empty shell casings, the shot glass, and the Union Jack, dripping down to a target. Nicely done and a great start. A retro paperback cover, a look back in anger.

Mark Millar writes the story of the man who has just six more months to live and nothing to lose. He’s the world’s greatest secret agent and burdened with having made bad decisions for years. Now what? Well, how about raising a little hell in his last act?

This book is like dynamite dipped in gasoline, with a chaser of nitroglycerine. An explosive, smoking incendiary bomb, bounding down the steps, bouncing betty-like into the laps of the reader. Pounding graphics, courtesy of Matteo Scalara, (colouring by Giovanna Niro, letters by Clem Robins) leaping and twisting out of thick-walled art panels. Dramatic angles, definite plot twists that intersect at the most painful of joints; effective pauses that give you enough time to digest, reset and resume.

It’s a spy book, it’s violent, rude, and imminently readable.

King of Spies #1 is a magnificent first issue, and I am already ready for a top-up, where oh where is issue two, it’s been too long already!

Image Comics, King of Spies #1, $4.99 for 32 pages of content. Mature

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!