Synopsis: The ongoing adventures of James Bond during World War II continue, in a standalone tale set in Lisbon. A savvy local woman knows how to survive and thrive, despite the hardships of war. But a desperate German scientist needs her help, and she becomes involved with a young British man, that’s (not yet) very good at being a spy…
Review: Jeff Parker’s exploration of a young James Bond and his world war 2 adventures continues with a tale that does much to set up the more seasoned agent that we all know and love.
Bond is given his first assignment as an agent. Which is to find and bring back a German Scientist to the UK before the Nazi’s get to him. But things are not as straight forward than they seem.
The story starts with a young woman by the name of Izabell, who seems to be a lot smarter than the average delivery girl and very much aware that she is safe on neutral territory, but feels the calling to help the allies however she can.
Izabell spots Bond pretty much right away. She sees the disdain on his face for the Nazi Officers that are also searching for the same scientist than he is.
As the story progresses we learn that Izabell is key to whether Bond succeeds or fails.
Bob Q’s interpretation of the streets of Lisbon during the 1940s is really good to a point that you can almost smell the fresh bread coming from the bakery’s and the strong coffee that is served.
Izabell is drawn as a beautiful young woman that has a fierce intelligence in her eyes. Which is just as well given that she shows a lot more spycraft than Bond does in this issue.
This is a great issue, which shows James Bond at a very early stage in his spying career and highlights just how cold and precise the future version of Bond is to this more gullible and somewhat devil may care version is.