“When I took a look at the Bond of the Fleming novels, as opposed to the larger-than-life figure from the movies, I saw a great deal more potential — a much darker character in a more interesting world,” said writer Garth Ennis via press release provided to Comic Book Club.
Ennis is joining the James Bond franchise in celebration of the character’s 70th anniversary, and the 10th anniversary of the title at Dynamite. Surprisingly, this is the first time Ennis has written Britain’s premiere spy. In 2017, Ennis wrote a parody for Aftershock titled Jimmy’s Bastards, but that’s the closest he’s gotten to tackling Bond.
The new story, which launches with a new James Bond #1, is titled “Your Cold, Cold Heart.” According to the press release, it finds Bond “dealing with a truly disturbing silent killer. A relic of the Cold War, the deadly compound Stalvoda — roughly meaning ‘steel water’ in Russian — is thought to have achieved the impossible – the holy grail of arms manufacturers: is it possible to kill an enemy without inflicting any visible damage and leaving no trace whatsoever? Right as the weapon is perfected, though, it escapes the lab. MI6 naturally assigns their top operative to the hunt.”
The release also promises the regular assortment of characters: M, Q, Moneypenny, Felix Leiter. It will also introduce a new character, Archie Tryon, an eccentric veteran who enjoys strolling the sea and providing James Bond the opportunity to reflect on his possible future.
Art in the book will be provided by Rapha Lobosco, who has previously drawn James Bond for Benjamin Percy’s Black Box and an issue of Aleš Kot’s The Body. Dave Johnson is providing covers, one of which you can see below!
James Bond #1 will be in the November issue of Previews, and hit stores on a TBA date in January 2024.
James Bond #1 Preview:
Check out the cover of the premiere issue, and three unlettered interior pages, here:
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