WHat I Like
* Plenty action with decent choreography
* And not over the top movie action, but down to earth, more realistic, ian fleming novel action
* Semi-continuous with the films: Moneypenny is black and they are using the post skyfall Mi6 building
* Bond has a face unique from any the actors
What I don't like
* The artwork - too flat
* M is black just for the sake of being PC ( And the ink color that they went with is weird)
* I'm guessing this is a 6 issue arc, and there isn't really much plot or story wise at all.
* there is no character development for bond
* bond keeps doing coded messages that are stupid and make no sense. and in issue #4 he does it right in front of who he knows is definetely the enemy. He wasn't fooling anyone with "Hello grandpa, my friend's cousing didn't work out." By the way, the first coded message he used text, in issue #4 he calls them and talks in front of the villain?????
Recomendations for improving:
* Get a better artist
* expand the next story arc after Vargr wraps up to 12 issues. they obviously need more time to tell these stories, 6 issues isn't going to cut it for bond.
* stop trying to be clever with the coded messages
If this was a novel, it would have plenty of action, at the bare bones, it just needs to be paced out more with story and character development.
#1 - a pre-title sequence, a title page if you will, followed by M's debriefing, and a visit to Q branch - Starts out just like a movie, and this Bond feels a bit like sterling archer - plenty of descent wit.
#2 - Fresh off the plane, Bond instantly gets attacked by 2 double agents [very Fleming-esque]. afterwards when he takes his suitcase and starts walking to station G it was badass and hilarious at the same time. Then we get to see German sector of Mi6 which probably takes up way too many pages, and then we get a decent infiltration with bond on what the villain is up to.
#3 - This is probably my favorite action scene so far. The action, however plot wise, just to have the villain send bond on a wild goose chase to a drug smuggling warehouse (with bad guys that aren't even working for the villain), is an excuse to have an action scene. And in storytelling its always better if story drives the action than if action drives the story. but it was action packed and well choreographed. i loved when bond pulls the shelves down on everybody, that was so awesome. Issue 3 is also where most of the ultra sadistic stuff happens, maybe too sadistic for some, in how bond ruthlessly kills the guy in cold blood, and then afterwards on how the henchman (who isn't rememerable enough to remember his name) shoots up all of sector G. I'll admit its a little Tarantino-esque, so it is way more bloody than anything bond fans are used to, but it works on some level. After the fight scene, the random bar that bond goes to and the shooting up sector G scene took way too many pages up, the warehouse could've taken up 10 pages instead of 15, and the sector g shootout could've taken 5 instead of like 8 .
#4 - The waste way too many pages with bond coding a secret message in front of the villain. in fact we can just drop m all together. We don't have to see bond reporting back to m, we can just asume it happens behind the scenes. The fight scene was great, with a villain that can't feel pain a la Reynard. i wish the oxycotin effect was explained better, i didn't get exactly what effect a pain killer was having on a guy that couldn't feel physical pain. and then when he started bleeding through his eyeballs, it went way over the top. im pretty sure oxycoton overdose doesn't do that. i think bond is ruthless enough to do that to a villain but i don't think he would bleed through his eyeballs. after the fight, bond gets in a very stick situation and it ends on a good cliffhanger.
Last edited by Shatterfang (12th Feb 2016 19:09)