The creative team behind James Bond: Hammerhead will be returning to the character at Dynamite in July, the publisher have announced. Writer Andy Diggle, who has a history working on Green Arrow and Daredevil will be working with Hammerhead artist Luca Casalanguida again for the next chapter in the James Bond series, Kill Chain. The six issue series kicks off in July and runs through the end of 2017.
Here’s an official description of the series:
When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally – the CIA!
Writer Andy Diggle has a lot to say about working with Bond in an updated time period and with the current creative team:
The decision to update the stoic Bond of Ian Fleming’s original novels from the moral certainties of the 1950s to our shifting, complex, present-day world was inspired – and inspiring. We live in treacherous times, and James Bond is the hero we need to navigate them. I have many more stories to tell, and I’m having the time of my life telling them.
Working with Luca Casalanguida on James Bond: Hammerhead was one of the most creatively satisfying and enjoyable collaborations of my career, and his art for Kill Chain raises the bar even higher.
Greg Smallwood’s stunning covers perfectly capture the blend of suave and brutality that has made Bond one of the century’s most enduring icons. Ably backed up by Chris Blythe on colors and Simon Bowland on lettering, we have the perfect tight-knit team to continue bringing you the exploits of the world’s greatest secret agent.
The first issue of James Bond: Kill Chain will have several variant covers, including work by Greg Smallwood (Archie, Moon Knight), interior artist Luca Casalanguida, and Juan Doe (Guardians of the Galaxy) respectively. There will also be limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats.
James Bond: Kill Chain #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2017 Previews catalog.