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JAMES BOND #6

by Doug Warren on August 02, 2017

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Rapha Lobosco
Colors: Chris O’Halloran
Publisher: DYNAMITE
 
The reason a book is usually better than the movie adaptation is because the book allows back-story and details to be built up. Characters fully developed. All of the action put into context. When you go from reading a book to seeing the film version, it often feels gutted. And, I guess, when you go from reading Ian Fleming’s Bond novels to seeing the movies, and then reading this comic book, it feels like the franchise has been gutted a second time.

Maybe this illustration isn’t perfect for describing James Bond because the movies really have taken on a life of their own. And they’ve developed the story and characters much further than the books have. So, then, with this whole canon of the James Bond universe, why is the comic such a simple, predictable, cookie cutter story?
The writing was uninspired. The story was predictable. There was no excitement. No tension—even between Bond and his token Bond Girl. So many of the frames had blank, single colored backgrounds that it made me appreciate the green screen backgrounds of the Star Wars prequels.

If you are a James Bond fanatic, you may disagree with everything that I’ve said. Possibly. Maybe there’s something I’m not seeing. But, for the casual fans, I don’t think this comic offers enough to get you excited.
 

Our Score:

5/10

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