It's been months since Dynamite Entertainment announced a new line of James Bond comics that would include everything from adaptations of the original Ian Fleming novels to origin stories set before Casino Royale. Since we haven't seen much in the way of Bond comics in a while, and since Dynamite has brought back everyone from the Phantom to Doctor Specktor in recent years, it was exciting news. At the time, though, the publisher offered no other details. We didn't know exactly when these books would hit, who would write and draw them, or what versions of everyone's favorite superspy we might end up seeing. Now the first details for Dynamite's first Bond comic are here, and they're very promising.
The company announced today that its first ongoing Bond series, James Bond 007, will debut in November to coincide with the release of the next Bond film, Spectre. The series will be written by none other than British comics great Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary), with art by rising star Jason Masters (Batwoman: Futures End, Wolverines). Here's the official synopsis of the first arc, which is titled "VARGR."
"James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 agent... but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin."
Anyone familiar with Ellis' espionage-themed work on books like Global Frequency and RED knows he can definitely do spy stuff right, and anyone who read his recent Moon Knight run knows that he's also great at knowing when to pull back on the dialogue and let the action do the talking. Creator-owned work aside, Ellis' recent work-for-hire comics output has been characterized by very short commitments (his Moon Knight run was just six issues), but according to editor Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite is hoping to keep him around for a while.
"We hope to get a year out of Warren for sure, which is my understanding of our goal here, but, like everyone else, we plan things one arc at a time! I mentioned up top that our deal term with IFPL (Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.) is 10 years, so there’s going to be a lot of Bond material flowing from us, featuring a variety of writers and artists, but we're starting here, and we couldn’t be happier with how it's progressing. There's only one Bond and there's only one Ellis after all!"
Check out the first cover for James Bond 007, by Dom Reardon, below.