With the upcoming James Bond 25 film on the horizon, Dynamite is set to release a new ongoing series starring the suave MI6 agent in James Bond #1. Co-written by Vita Ayala (Morbius, Xena) and Danny Lore (Queen of Bad Dreams), the series will feature fan favorite artist Eric Gapstur (Animosity: Evolution), colorist Roshan Kurichiyanil (Six Million Dollar Man), and letterer Ariana Maher (Nanacy Drew, Xena). Legendary artist Jim Cheung (Justice League, Young Avengers) is on tap for covers.
The comic offers fans of 007 a whole new set of missions, with the first one centering on the high stakes world of art forgery. When a priceless iconic piece of art is deemed a fake, an entire Pandora’s Box of international crime and corruption unfolds. But is Bond out of his element or right at home in this world? Art forgery is glamour and splashiness, yet it’s also subtlety and sleight of hand, areas Bond is quite familiar with.
“There’s cool, and then there’s Cool, with a capital C, and for me, that’s always been James Bond,” said Lore.
Ayala added, “Since I can remember, he has been the epitome of suave. His cold efficiency mixed with that dry wit and charming smile…the work gets done, and he gets the girl(s) along the way. There is something timeless about Bond that allows him to be put into almost any era and situation.”
The December debut of the new series marks the 10th anniversary of the writers’ friendship, one where shared story development has played a major role.
“Vita and I can pass all the ideas in the world back and forth, but it’s the rest of the team that gives it the sleek crispness of one of Bond’s tailored ensembles,” said Lore. “Eric is unstoppable, I am so happy we are on the same wavelength. Roshan is a dream, the work will be blowing people out of their socks! And I’m glad Ariana and I are able to work together again—she’s a genius!”
Artist Gapstur added, “Danny and Vita wasted no time in knocking me on the floor with the first three pages of the script, laying down an artistic gauntlet that is no doubt the most challenging sequence I’ve ever drawn. It’s exciting!”
As for covers, issue #1 will feature only one cover by Cheung, but the artist will contribute connecting covers with the next two issues (#2 and #3 pencils seen here may not reflect final line art).
Cheung said, “It’s been very exciting getting to handle the legendary character of James Bond. The movies were mandatory viewing when I was growing up in England, so when I was offered the chance to do the covers, I couldn’t resist! From the super-spy action to the fast cars, beautiful girls, and big explosions, there was just too much to fit into the one cover, so thankfully Nate Cosby offered me three! I decided to try and tie them all together to create a triptych, which I love doing. Hopefully I’m able to capture the non-stop action of this series, and cannot wait to read the book myself!”
“As all the wonderful creators have noted, Bond is one of the foundational figures in our fictional tapestry. Fleming’s creation has influenced endless copycats and continues to be reinterpreted in entertaining and relevant ways. The story that Vita and Danny have laid out is so great, as if it were a feature itself—and that’s where an artist of Eric’s ability helps to provide scope and range. Add Jim’s incredible covers as the ‘movie poster’ to get fans new and old excited, and it’s a perfect Bond adventure that I can’t wait for fans to read and enjoy,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “Publishing this character in comics is a great honor for us and we’re excited for fans to read what these agents bring to the table!”
James Bond #1 will be available for preorder in October at your local comic shop. It is set to release in December. You can also check it out digitally on Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more. Head to Dynamite’s website for more.