James Bond 007 #9
Release Date: August 31st, 2016
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Masters
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover Artist: Dom Reardon
James Bond #9: Eidolon is well drawn by Jason Masters. The artist is essentially the director, just like in a film. Jason Masters utilized great layouts, detailed backgrounds and choreography. This is especially true of the action sequences which were innovative in my opinion. There is a particular scene where James Bond stops, turns around and dives to the floor, unloading a few bullets into an enemy. This is done brilliantly in a single panel. Jason Masters also did a great job at inking James Bond 007 #9. The heavy shading allowed for a focused view on the pertinent information in each panel. Your eyes are naturally drawn to the key images.
This is aided vastly by the superb coloring techniques of Guy Major – who utilizes great light-angles and color choices.
Warren Ellis has been doing a fantastic job on James Bond, and this installment of James Bond #9 is no exception. He portrays 007 as more of a badass then the films portray him. I love it. This whole series has been awesome. He is hard, assertive and of course smooth as all hell. I love this portrayal of the character. Warren Ellis’ dialogue is distinctly British without being so full of English slang that an American can’t follow it. This adds to the various characters’ mystiques and overall appeal as it clearly sets the characters in their country of origin. This is something the films are lacking, but this book has in spades.
The lettering by Simon Bowland was a nicely sized and an easy to read font. Simon Bowland utilizes good spacing and layout. These two, Warren Ellis and Simon Bowland convey the story in a fun and easily followable way.
James Bond and another MI6 agent are attacked by specialized weapons at the Heathrow Airport. But as 007 and Bill Tanner are discussing the incident, Moneypenny brings in an MI5 agent by the name of Eve Sharma. Agent Sharma, a Senior Field Officer, feels that this case is a domestic security issue. For this reason she demands that the case in an MI5 matter, not an MI6 one. She is dismissed however and leaves in a huff.
Meanwhile Moneypenny uncovers a trail of transactions by MI5 leading to a supposed myth: the Strategic Reserve Fleet. The Strategic Reserve Fleet is an underground maze of tunnels underneath a large hill and a quarry. Allegedly these tunnels are filled with records, computer installations and steam-powered locomotives. These are meant to be Britain’s last defense against nuclear attack as only steam-powered transportation will still be usable after such an attack. M sends James Bond to investigate the Strategic Reserve Fleet in the “abandoned” tunnels.
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