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James Bond #6

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  • James Bond #6

    James Bond #6
    Released by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: April 20th, 2016.
    Written by: Warren Ellis
    Illustrated by: Jason Masters
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    Bond is being dropped in the waters off the coast of Norway armed with his trusty Walter and a Russian sniper rifle. But it's only an observation mission, or so he's told time and again by the higher ups.

    He makes his landing, takes out the guards and heads towards his target - a ship that's been used for 'live action role playing' but which is really part of a shell company for Kurjak. Once he's on board he's able to snoop around and soon finds what he's looking for - evidence that yeah, there's Kurjak related activities going on here for sure. They've got a full lab set up on a lower level and there are a lot of heavily armed men wandering about. This ship, the Vargr, is as Bond puts it “a floating drug lab.”

    He radios into command with this info and they tell him to prepare for extraction but he's not having it. He doesn't want to lose Kurjak again, not after all of this. And so he sets about placing the explosives that Q slipped him on his way out the door and prepares to fight his way out, eliminating as many Kurjak thugs as he can.

    Hands done the bloodiest installment in this hard edged series so far, in this sixth issue Ellis and Masters prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that their Bond isn't playing around. He's driven, he's professional, he's cold, calculating and incredibly efficient and clearly he has no qualms whatsoever about killing those who would get in between he and his target. This issue moves fast, it's very heavy on action but it brings a solid resolution the storylines that have been building in the five issues prior.

    Ellis' writing here is lean and mean. There's some humor, as there should be in a good Bond story, but it's not the focal point. He simply sets up the action and follows through with it, and it works. Masters' art has improved considerably since the first issue, there's more detail in the backgrounds now and things feel a bit more fluid than they did in the early issues. It's always interesting to watch an artist evolve with a character and that's exactly what's happened here. All in all, a surprisingly brutal but ridiculously entertaining finale.

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