Graphic Novel Review: The James Bond Omnibus Vol 003

10:31 26 April 2012

James Bond Omnibus 003

James Bond Omnibus 003

Archant

(Titan £14.99)

BOND is back! The greatest super-spy of them all returns in a newly packaged collection of comic strips from the pages of the Daily Express. With adaptations of original stories by creator Fleming, and new tales by writer JD Lawrence, this mix of adventures offers a decisively different take on the exploits of Double-Oh-Seven.

This bumper volume includes seven stories - The Harpies, River of Death, Colonel Sun, The Golden Ghost, Fear Face, Double Jeopardy and Starfire - with artwork throughout by Yaroslav Horak.

The Bond of these stories is not the fast-quipping, gadget-laden hero of the movies, but a hard-edged, ruthless secret agent who will stop at nothing to complete his mission, and is closer to Daniel Craig’s recent interpretation than the versions portrayed by Roger Moore or even Sean Connery.

In spite of the restrictions imposed by a four-panel daily comic strip, which often require a reasonable cliffhanger at the end of instalments, these stories never feel disjointed, and serve as a perfect example of how to write a serialised narrative.

Unfortunately the Bond Omnibuses lack the behind-the-scenes bonus features of the original Titan releases, meaning these adventures have to be judged on their own merits rather than with the benefit of commentary, but it’s tantamount to the strengths of the creative team that this never proves a problem in terms of enjoyment.

A perfect addition to the collections of Bond fans everywhere, this book will leave you both shaken and stirred.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:02
West Germany star Franz Beckenbauer trains at Bragbury End, Stevenage, days before the 1966 World Cup final against England at Wembley.

Half a century ago this week England’s 1966 World Cup final opponents West Germany were training at Bragbury End in Stevenage.

Fri, 21:04
Rock Against Cancer organisers Marion Henderson, Andy Shaw, John de Barra and Gary Henderson at Arlesey Town FC.

Rock ‘n’ roll fans are set to make noise for a great cause on Saturday at this year’s Rock Against Cancer in Arlesey.

Fri, 16:18
Bikers in action at Bowes Lyon skate park

A popular skate park which was built in the 1970s is set to reopen – dispelling doubts about its future.

Fri, 13:35
The A507 is closed near Junction 10 of the A1(M), by Baldock services, after a crash involving two lorries saw two people taken to hospital.

The A507 is closed near Junction 10 of the A1(M), by Baldock services, after a crash involving two lorries saw two people taken to hospital.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters: