Saturday, March 4, 2017

James Bond: Black Box #1 Review


Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Rapha Lobosco
Colors: Chris O’Halloran
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover: John Cassaday
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 1, 2017

Now I’ve Got You In My Sights

[Insert the 007 movie intro of your choice]


Bond in his classic fashion ski’s down to a vantage point where he puts together his rifle, getting ready to take out his target. To his surprise, someone has been camping out a bit longer than him.

A chase ensues when the mission doesn’t go Bond’s way. He’s thrown off when the masked sharpshooter is revealed to be an attractive woman. Bond is smitten and with his guard down allow’s the woman to get away.




Back at MI6 headquarters, Bond meets M and is debriefed on an online security breach targeting high ranking officials. M, himself seems to be worried about the secrets hanging over his head.

Bond is flown out to Tokyo where the hackers have originated from. There he meets his tech specialist to get the latest gear he’ll need for the mission. The issue ends in a Knightrider way and with Bond’s new crush keeping an eye on him.




This first issue hits all the Bond tropes you would want to see. We mostly get a set up for what’s to come in Tokyo. There’s nothing to grab a reader to get them excited for the arc. The issue leaves you relying on the art to help move along the story, up until we’re briefed on Bond’s new mission. That being said, the art makes up for the lack of story. It’s hard to find many words for this jumping on point.

Bits and Pieces:

If you want some 007 nostalgia, you’ll find some enjoyment in this book. Benjamin Percy plays it safe and only gives a sample of what’s to come. Nothing much here though to get someone excited to read the next issue.

6.5/10


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