Codename: Action #1

Codename: Action #1

Writer: Chris Roberson Artist: Jonathan Lau Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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During the height of the Cold War, unknown forces scheme to heat up a global conflict.  As key officials on both sides of the Iron Curtain are replaced with doppelgangers, the infiltration threatens to disrupt the precarious state of world affairs.  The security of the Free World depends on a young secret agent, one assigned to shape the world's masked heroes into a force with singular purpose and unyielding resolve!

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Sep 5, 2013

    Codename: Action #1 marks a beginning of a new start for Captain Action and introducing another new character for Dynamite Entertainment to play with. Chris Roberson spares no expense in showing that while the soon to be Captain Action, Operator 1,001, has a lot to learn, he's going to be as great as he'll eventually be. To set him up in the larger pulp universe of Dynamite makes things that much more interesting. Helped along by the fact that Jonathan Lau is doing the work of his career, and you get a fantastic comic in the making. It's as good as pulp cold war spy comic action gets. Codename: Action #1 is going to be a favorite of mine in the months to come, I can't wait for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Sep 4, 2013

    Codename: Action is an amazing start to what promises to be a great series. Roberson brings his Mask magic to the comic about a 60s toy. This may be the best James Bond movie not about James Bond you'll ever see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Charles Joy Sep 3, 2013

    Though Codename: Action #1 has many elements of all stories like it, it is executed in a unique way – one that I believe will cater to many an audience. And as unsure about the subject matter as I was, my skepticism was quelled within the first couple pages. Even my evil doppelganger would agree, this quickly turned into a story that I look forward to seeing through to the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 4, 2013

    The art for the book is overall decent. The characters look good with their expressions and interactions, the backgrounds and worlds look lively and not just blank or nonexistent, and the action is pretty neat (love the car chase near the end with the line work and movement). The one thing that kind of stands out to me in a way in the coloring and that it looks very familiar. Seems an awful lot like the same person who colored this comic did Miss Fury as well (though the artist in this case is much better). 8.0Promising start with the plot and characters.The art is decent.Mostly just setup.The plot does not feel extremely original. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Melissa Grey Sep 4, 2013

    There isn't much to say about the characters of Codename: Action just yet; they remain, at this point, a collection of tropes more than anything else. There's the wizened veteran paired up with a younger, spunkier counterpart. There's the effortlessly cool, ass-kicking bombshell. There's even a reasonable facsimile of Judi Dench's M. Fortunately, the premise is interesting enough to make us want more. The introduction of a superheroic element to what would otherwise be a formulaic riff on Cold War era espionage shenanigans might just be enough to keep this book afloat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 15, 2013

    I have mixed feelings about Jonathan Lau's art, but the action scenes definitely have a spy flavor to them and work better than the less action-packed panels. With Operative 1001′s graduation assignment, the car chase, and an aerial training manuever by a bevy of French female spies, there's plenty of action for a comic with the word in its title. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 9, 2013

    Jonathan Lau's artwork helped the pacing of the story, which really established the tone of the series in many ways. The good guys are being kept on their toes and it has one of those WTF type endings that make it all the more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Flip Geeks - Toby Alejandria Sep 20, 2013

    First of all, the writing's tight. Despite three separate arcs present in this issue (with Operative 5 and 1001's arc standing out, obviously), you'd wish this was a graphic novel instead of a single issue because you'd be clamoring for what's going to happen next. Read Full Review

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