In Kieron Gillen’s recent e-mail list installment, he spoke about a long desire to work with Dynamite on a project, and some trepidation about handling such “icons” as James Bond in comics, but his enthusiasm was pretty obvious, too. How could you not write James Bond if given the chance, especially as a British person?
Dynamite announced this week that Gillen (Wicked + Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader, Phonogram, Young Avengers, Journey into Mystery) will be joining them in an all-new oversized special starring the super-spy, and Antonio Fuso (Torchwood, Drive!) will be coming on board as artist to create James Bond: Service.
So far, this is what we know about the contents of the book:
In contemporary politics, where Britain’s world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the “special relationship,” and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place…especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It’ll test Bond’s deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster…
Taking things to a “very dark place” seems like one of the things Gillen knows how to do best, given his particular concern for antiheroes, villains, and the ruthless. And, of course, this plot sounds like it could very much speak to our times.
James Bond: Service will be released as a 48-page special, soliciting in March Previews and will arrive in shops in May. It’ll also be available through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.