Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: James Bond: Vargr by Warren Ellis

After a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, James Bond returns to London and assumes the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. His new mission takes him to Berlin, presumably to break up an agile drug-trafficking operation. But Bond has no idea of the forces ranged in secret against him, the full range of an operation that's much scarier and more lethal than he could possibly imagine. Berlin is about to catch fire... and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents VARGR, the debut storyline in the all-new James Bond comic book series, as crafted by masterful writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy).

James Bond: VARGR
Warren Ellis (Author); Jason Masters (Illustrator)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Action/Adventure 

When it comes to comic books I expect a fast read. Though, not so fast that the plot blurs by without having made any impression. I give James Bond: Vargr points for its action-packed sequences, but it loses many for not truly bringing me in and making me want more.

After experiencing the thrill of a story like Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga, where every page had my mind racing to take in the world’s multiple layers, I have to say that Vargr was a bland, uncomplicated storytelling. Maybe just too transparent for one used to unpredictable plot twists, and tense action scenes. With the added bonus of sequential art, the gasp factor should still possible.

Being used to Daniel Craig portraying a worldly, suave, and complicated Bond, I find that Ellis’ version of Bond is the vision of a more competent Sterling Archer. Of course, the illustrations depicting Bond no doubt turned my mind in that direction upon initial inspections of the book’s cover, but it stayed with me. However, I didn’t particularly care for that comparison when it interfered with holding on to the notion that this was supposed to be a story about a legendary 00 section agent, not an animated wannabe spy. All in all, I would still recommend this comic book to die-hard Bond fans. Maybe you’ll be more open and embrace Ellis’ take on the hard-hitting 007 agent.

*eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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