In Review: James Bond Origin

At last, the definitive account of James Bond's exploits during World War II!

Synopsis: At last, the definitive account of James Bond’s exploits during World War II! MARCH, 1941: Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight through hell to survive, coming out the other side determined to make a difference. He’ll find his calling in a new British government service, secret in nature…

Review: Written by Jeff Parker with art by Bob Q. James Bond Origin takes us back to the school days of 007 and how he came to be the super spy we’ve grown to love in the books and movies.

The Story

The story begins in the middle of chaos as a school trip to Clydebank goes horribly wrong as the boys under the guidance of Commander Weldon are caught in the middle of the blitz. Weldon does a bit of narration in the third person while the action plays out and we then find ourselves taken back to the day before.

The James Bond in this story is as adventurous as ever but much greener and more ready to step into danger with very little thought for his own safety.  He’s basically wanting to learn about his late mother and has found a few family friends that have been more than happy to fill him in, but one, in particular, leads him into an adventure when some Nazi Spies steal some secret rocket plans from him.

Writer Jeff Parker does a wonderful job of bringing us a younger James Bond. The narrative style and storytelling reminded me a little of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which is a good thing because I loved that series.

I’m most anxious to see where the young Bonds adventures go and what famous people from the war years he’ll run into.

The Artwork

The art from Bob Q is really nicely done. I especially enjoyed the attention to detail with regards to the various small details that you’d associate with the second world war years. I especially loved seeing bond in pursuit of the two spies on a motorcycle, which looked very 1940’s.

Overall

This is a very strong start for James Bond Origins and I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next issue.

9.3
James Bond Origin #1
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.0
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.3

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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