Synopsis: Captured by the Russians, Lieutenant Bond meets the beautiful Oksana, who may be his ticket to safety, or lead to his doom. But it’s quite difficult to know ally from foe when you’ve been drugged.
Review: Jeff Parker’s exploration of James Bond’s early spying days continues.
Picking up from where things left off last month. Bond has boarded a Russian Merchant ship to learn that the Captain has double-crossed the Norwegian Captain, killed him and his crew and dressed them up as Russians and threw them overboard and kept the gold for himself. Before he gets a chance to investigate further Bond is captured and interrogated.
Having failed to get anything conclusive out of Bond. Captain Vasily hands Bond over to someone that is more specialized in the art of interrogation where Bond meets a beautiful nurse called Oksana who expresses an interested in defecting.
The new art team has a lot to play with in this issue and does a superb job. I loved the eventual interrogation where Bond is drugged. The way in which him being drugged is sold to the reader is really fun with some rather wonky speech bubbles as well as a little bit of a psychedelic effect. The best though is when it comes to Bond facing the prospect of being lobotomized.
This is an awesome story arc which shows us a slightly more mature Bond than we have seen in previous issues. He’s more seasoned now and not as fooled by a pretty woman that he may have been in previous issues.
I loved the couple of pages where Bond is going over his personal checklist of what he should do and what he should be prepared for. We get the sense that he is strategizing and trying to brace himself for all possible outcomes.
I really look forward to seeing how this story wraps up.