Synopsis: In 1941, Lieutenant Bond finally learns the truth of his deceased mentor, Commander Weldon. But the truth comes at a cost. The conclusion of Bond’s adventures in 1941.
Review: Jeff Parker and Ibrahim Moustafa finish off this story arc with a fair bit of action and redemption from Eddie.
Having stowed away on a cargo ship carrying British mines. Bond and his friend Eddie find themselves in Italy where they set up a meeting with Weldon’s widowed wife who confirms that Weldon wasn’t a traitor, but was playing a clever game in order to disrupt the enemy with fake Mines via a series of clever card games.
Having gotten this information. Bond and Eddie are tasked with trying to escape. Which is easier said than done.
Ibrahim Moustafa’s throughout this story has been a visual treat as we have been taken to the streets of Genua and beyond. This issue sees him outdo himself with a number of great action beats, which are all topped off in the final few pages as Bond and Eddie escape via a speed boat. The splash page of Eddie shooting a machine gun at a bunch of Nazi’s while standing on the back of the boat is superb fun.
This series of issues that made up the story arc have felt a lot more like the Bond we get to know and love in the future books and movies, which this series of comics precedes. I really enjoyed the fact that Eddie. A character from an earlier issue got the chance to work with Bond and proves himself in the field after having been landed with an admin job after having failed the training course that both he and Bond were on.
The fact that Eddie’s influence on Bond and one of Eddie’s contacts taught Bond to play cards is something new for long term Bond fans to enjoy. I mean I think most assumed that Bond was naturally good at card games.
Overall. A wonderful story arc, which I can see myself revisiting at some stage in the future.