James Bond is Back — in His Own Comic Book Series!

The latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, SPECTRE, opens in the USA on Friday, and today 007 returns to comics for the first time in decades with the release of Dynamite Entertainment‘s  James Bond 007 #1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (Wolverines and Batwoman).

Ellis has penned an original story based on the character as depicted in Ian Fleming’s original books, not the very different character who evolved on the movie screen. The first story arc sees Bond investigating a mysterious organization behind a new drug hitting the streets — an investigation that has already seen the death of agent 008.

Ellis had a few interesting things to say to website i09 about the new series:

“This is the Ian Fleming Bond—the Bond of the books, a direct commission from Dynamite Comics and the Ian Fleming literary estate. The single real difference is that I’ve set it in the present day, having expressed that preference to the estate because I didn’t want to do period pastiche. Beyond that, you should consider it as taking place somewhere in the last half of the Fleming canon.”


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Green Hornet preview comic kinda bugs me

Preview comic books are wonderful things: not only can they turn you on to something that you’re really going to like but were hesitant to pay $3.99 to try, but they can help you avoid something you’re going to hate at any price. Case in point: Dynamite’s Green Hornet #1 Free Comic Book Day Edition giveaway. It allowed me to sample the publisher’s Hornet wares without getting stung (sorry!).

Green Hornet is a character with a bit of buzz about him (again, sorry) lately, thanks to the high-profile Seth Rogan movie currently in theaters, so perhaps that is why a local comic shop tossed the May preview into my bag when I picked up a couple of comics on a whim the other day. I hadn’t seen it before, so I decided to take a look. Packed with previews of five different iterations of the Green Hornet franchise as licensed by Dynamite Entertainment, this freebie’s teasers each boasts four-to-six pages of story and art that capture the flavor of each series. Unfortunately, I did not care for any of them.
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