About nine months ago, comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment announced that they would be partnering with Ian Fleming Publications, Ltd. to produce new comic book adventures of the late writer’s most iconic creation, James Bond. Very few details were ever released beyond that, though, since it wasn’t announced what stories would be told, or who would actually be telling them. That’s changed recently, though, and the news should likely be considered positive for both Bond fans and comics fans alike.
According to Comic Book Resources, a new, ongoing comic book series entitled James Bond 007 will see its first issue released in November, the same month that the latest film in the series, Spectre, is released in theaters. The creative team is the big news here, since Dynamite is going all-out for their first new adventures with the British superspy. The writer will be none other than Warren Ellis, one of the most engaging and enigmatic comics writers of the last 25 years, who’s responsible for writing such major series as Transmetropolitan and Planetary, along with defining superhero stories for Marvel like the recent Moon Knight series, and the highly popular “Extremis” story arc in Iron Man that served as part of the basis for 2013’s Iron Man 3 film.
The artist for the new series will be Jason Masters, who made a name for himself at DC Comics on such titles as Batwoman and Wolverines. The first story arc of the new title is called “VARGR,” and the description for the story is below:
James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 agent… but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.
In an official press release, Ellis is quoted as saying that he looks forward to writing the “original, brutal, damaged Bond” most prevalent in Ian Fleming’s books, so it would probably be reasonable to expect characterization more akin to Daniel Craig and Timothy Dalton’s film portrayals than the likes of Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan from this comic book series. Dynamite also plans to adapt the already-released Fleming novels to comic book form from another creative team, and is also interested in exploring the never-before-told, pre-Casino Royale origin story of the character at some point in the future.
The first issue of James Bond 007 will go on sale in comic book stores everywhere this November. For more on James Bond as news takes shape, keep your scope on GeekNation.
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