James Bond #1

Writer: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Artist: Eric Gapstur Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: December 4, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
7.0Critic Rating
4.2User Rating

New series, new team, new missions! VITA AYALA (Morbius, Age Of X-Man), DANNY LORE (Queen Of Bad Dreams) and ERIC GAPSTUR (James Bond 007) present a fresh take on the world's greatest secret agent. When a priceless piece of art is found to be fake, investigations lead down a rabbit hole of international crime and corruption. But what the hell does James Bond know about the world of art forgery?

Featuring a cover by superstar JIM CHEUNG (Justice League, Young Avengers), that will be revealed as an interlocking image over the first three issues!

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Tanner Dedmon Dec 4, 2019

    James Bond is off to an explosive start and has the potential to only get better from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Dec 5, 2019

    You're gonna want to call your local comic shop and have them put this on your pull list. It's pretty high up on the list of Bond comics, and take it from me, I've read them all. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Dec 3, 2019

    I'm looking forward to getting more of this series as it comes out and can't wait to see what the writing team of Vita Ayala and Danny Lore will come up with next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Dec 4, 2019

    Bond, James Bond, is back, but maybe just as muscle and eye candy because the case is already being handled by Brandy Keys, Insurance Investigator, and she is more than capable of figuring things out for herself. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Graphic Policy Team Dec 4, 2019

    As a heist story, James Bond #1 is a solid start. As a Bond story, it's a bit mixed. The issue is a lot of buildup to whatever villain awaits. It's just a bit different in how we get there. The threat too feels a bit scaled back for a character who in the past has stopped global threats, another interesting change. There's more to come and the debut is interesting enough to check the rest out. It just might be a disappointment for those expecting the typical Bond over the top action and threats. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Dec 3, 2019

    James Bond #1 begins a mystery with an enjoyable first issue. It introduces new characters who are interesting, competent and will be interesting to watch interact with the titular agent. But if you’re here for James Bond, you will be left waiting for his arrival. And while the tale in the issue is fun and the new characters compelling, there is little new brought to the table. But, with what was laid out in these pages, a lot is left open for future issues to do something special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Dec 5, 2019

    "James Bond" #1 is a subversive start to a new Bond series that starts strong, does some slow-paced heavy work and promises to pick it back up Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Dec 3, 2019

    James Bond #1 is a fun comic that would be well worth reading were it not for the title, cover, and opening three pages. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Dec 5, 2019

    This is a tricky series to rate based on its first issue. I think it really needs a few issues to get a good idea of whether it will be good or not but I like the premise that its being built on, and at the end of the day, thats enough to keep me interested in seeking out the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Dec 4, 2019

    I wish I had liked Ian Fleming's James Bond #1 more as it was a joy to look at. But opening a James Bond book only to find him left out of most of it was kind of a bummer. If the accompanying story had been more exciting this would have been easily forgiven. But, unfortunately, the insurance fraud investigation doesn't provide the most compelling plotline. A fan of slow-burn action comics might enjoy this, but there are definitely better action comics out there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 4, 2019

    I'm on board for the ride since weak starts can lead to great stories sometimes but I'm pretty wary. I like Ayala's writing in general with what I've seen elsewhere but there looks to be a steep learning curve in getting the right beats down for how to get things started here. I can see the potential for it but I'm still unsure of how Ayala and Lore are going to write the title character and that's probably the biggest component to get right. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 3, 2019

    If this book didn't have "James Bond" across the cover, you probably wouldn't be able to tell it was meant to be a James Bond story. Ayala and Lore get so preoccupied with plot minutiae that they never get to the main event. Even worse, neither the plot or the heroes have any of the elements that make James Bond one of the most enduring characters in fiction. Read Full Review

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