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James Bond #11

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  • James Bond #11

    James Bond #11
    Released by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: November 9th, 2016.
    Written by: Warren Ellis
    Illustrated by: Jason Masters
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    Beckett Hawkwood, MI-5's Stephen Mackmain and their men have pulled guns on M. and Birdwhistle - Hawkwood notes how surprised he is that they arrived without more protection, assuming, incorrectly, that Moneypenny drove them. That's not the case, Moneypenny was there of course, but along for the ride was Eve Sharma.

    See, when Bond and Sharma met last issue, what we didn't know then but know now is that they talked about the existence of the rogue team inside MI-5. She tells him of this and supports her case - then asks him for help. Bond's already aware that Gareth Cullen and Beckett Hawkwood are EIDOLON, members of a 'SPECTRE stay behind operation.' They've tried to take Bond out twice recently, so it doesn't take much convincing to bring him over to Eve's way of thinking.

    Back in the present, as M. says, a smile on his face, that Moneypenny didn't drive him here, Sharma busts in, guns blazing, with Bond right behind her. A firefight breaks out Hawkwood makes a break for it. At M.'s command, Bond and Sharma give chase but once she gets injured, Bond is on his own. There's a tracker in the car Hawkwood jacks, allowing Bond to follow in a Bentley - but catching Hawkwood won't be easy, even for someone like Bond.

    As the Eidolon storyline heads towards its conclusion, Ellis' script is doing a fine job of tying up some of the loose ends that were a little bit sketchy seeming early on. The writing has been solid in this series from the start and it isn't slowing down now. The way that the conspiracy is unfolding is tense and by the time this issue finishes, well, it's clearly all on the line for Bond and company now, isn't it? Good stuff, and plenty entertaining.

    Jason Masters' artwork is solid here. Off and on some of the issues of the series have been left looking like they take place in the open sky, with the background looking either simple or non-existent. This has been improving over time and in this latest issue it's almost non-existent. He's always drawn the characters well and done a decent job with movement - that's really noticeable in the chase scene here. Guy Majors' coloring work is as good here as it has been in the past. No complaints - if you've been enjoying this excellent series so far, this eleventh issue continues its tradition of quality Ian Fleming inspired storytelling.

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