James Bond #2

James Bond #2

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Masters Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
7.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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James Bond is in Berlin, alone, unarmed and with no idea of the forces ranged in secret against him.  If he can make it to the Embassy, he might survive for a few hours more.  But he's getting into that car with that woman, which means he has only minutes to live...

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Dec 3, 2015

    But here's the thing about James Bond #2: it's still a pretty slow comic. I thought it'd maybe pick up the pace this issue but it's a bit plodding in terms of getting us from one point to another. The fight in the car and the pages at the end (of which I'm not going to spoil the contents) were close to it for me in terms of fast-paced action. Much of the book was very plotty, kind of pushing us closer to the action. I still like the book (because Bond) but I hope things pick up in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 3, 2015

    Having a mediocre new James Bond movie in theaters isn't so bad when you have a Warren Ellis-penned Bond comic to balance the scales. Ellis and Jason Masters are doing a great job of bringing Ian Fleming's Bond to life in comic form. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Edgar Chaput Dec 2, 2015

    It is interesting to note that the second and presumably final issue predominantly concerned with exposition arrives in December. Fans have been given two months to test the waters with the new series, get into the exceptional artwork, see Bond do his thing just a little bit and take in a fair amount of exposition. One gets the underlying sensation that by issue 3, which arrives in early January, things will really start flyingor explodingor doing whatever crazy things Bond is best known for. Ellis and Masters have our attention. In the New Year it will be time to deliver the goods. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - StephenFn Dec 2, 2015

    This is an incredibly well paced spy thriller with excellent dialogue and structure all around. Well worth checking out for Bond fans and Non-Bond fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 2, 2015

    Though I'm certainly digging the series and the things it's bringing the surface to prod at and figure out what works, it's also a book that I know is just going to work so much better in trade or rapid reading as opposed to monthly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 7, 2015

    James Bond #2 proves empirically that Dynamite Comics' grand experiment with Ian Fleming's master spy isn't a fluke. Instead its a bona fide hit with a creative team behind it that fully understands the character and world that he inhabits. Warren Ellis, Jason Masters, and Guy Major may have slowed this second issue way down, but their talent still shines brightly through making this another engaging issue. If you loved Spectre and needed another pure fix of Bond or even if you hated Spectre and want to see Bond done right, Dynamite's spy series is tailor-made for all kinds of fans, both of Bond and of good comic books. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 1, 2015

    I'm not sure James Bond has ever felt so well rounded and compelling, and the bad guy is nearly as important to seal the deal. This issue proves the bad guy is going to be formidable and fun to watch. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Dec 4, 2015

    Whereas the first issue was troubled by pacing issues, Ellis and Masters have James Bond #2 humming along at a steady pace. Many of the seeds planted in the first issue start coming to fruition, including the British government's policy on allow its operatives to travel with firearms. There are still several plot elements that remain a mystery, including what "VARGR" even means. However, Ellis's work with these characters and this world make the book worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Dec 7, 2015

    I don't want to be condemnatory, but James Bond #2 is the part of the movie where you begin to glance at your phone. The first chapter was enrapturing, but the immersion level plummets during the benign disquisition that follows and has no chance of holding your attention. You inevitably come back lost and confused, but happy to see the action begin to roll again. It's probably a necessary part of the story, but who would know? Here's hoping the next issue will move past the tiring explanatory drone and get back to insurmountable odds and improbable explosions. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Dec 7, 2015

    If you want to see Warren Ellis do bureaucratic British espionage better, pick up the first arc of 'Injection' instead. Read Full Review

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