James Bond: Hammerhead #1

Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Luca Casalanguida Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: October 12, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
8.1Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain's newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was consigned to history. 007 is a cog in their deadly machine - but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there's one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond.

  • 9.3
    We The Nerdy - John Newby Oct 13, 2016

    I love goofiness in espionage, but its occasionally fun to mix in someone somber just for the hell of it. If you are looking for a spy-centric story thats different than the standard fare, well Hammerhead is just for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Oct 6, 2016

    As opening issues go. This was pretty solid story telling. I'm sold enough on this to keep my eyes open for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Oct 12, 2016

    I took a chance on this comic, going in relatively blind, with only my experiences with the movies to guide me, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Bond acts as you would expect Bond to act, the action flows naturally and the story naturally allows itself to breathe while setting up further action for the future. With a solid set-up, interesting and classic characters, as well as just the right amount of intrigue, I eagerly await future issues of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 11, 2016

    If you like your action fun and fast paced you can't do better than this. Dynamite continues to produce well written and highly violent James Bond comics for an adult crowd. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Oct 14, 2016

    Dynamite delivered an action-packed, typically unpredictable issue. Bond is great at what he does, but things are never straight forward for the chap – and that's where the fun comes from. There's plenty of the expected Bond charm and gift of the tongue, so we've got pretty much all we could want from the comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Jeff Kocks Oct 11, 2016

    Love the very angular artwork in this one. The action sequences flow very well, and the first issue was a very entertaining read. Can't wait to see where this one goes, and how many bad guys are left in 007's path. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Richard Wanderman Jr. Oct 4, 2016

    Dynamite, with the team of Diggle and Casalanguida, have gotten a hold of, well, dynamite, in this title. It has all the feel of James Bond: the dialog, the scenery, the villain(s), the tech, and especially the anticipation for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 12, 2016

    James Bond: Hammerhead brings in all the standard elements of a Bond story and it does it with what feels like ease and polish. While you can lament that it's familiar in a lot of ways it's that familiarity that makes it quickly engaging and accessible for many. It's also why I'm hopeful for an ongoing series that can change and work different ideas and for Dynamite to hit up a range of miniseries for a few years that play to their own strengths by leaning on the film structures and what the novels do. Diggle is no stranger to this type of material and he handles it pretty much spot on and I find myself really enjoying what Casalanguida brings to the page, especially under Blythe's color work. There's not a lot of story material to dig into at this point but the setup is strong and it has me curious to see just how far it will go with it and the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 14, 2016

    “James Bond: Hammerhead” #1 is perfect for all James Bond fans. It's got a ton of great action, slick dialogue and all the bold charm that people want from this character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Oct 12, 2016

    A good start to the series by this creative team, and a book Bond fans will enjoy. It's pretty strong and looks like it's going to be a great little series. If you are a reader of the ongoing James Bond series, you're going to want to pick this up. If you aren't reading the ongoing and just fancy dipping your toe in the Bond universe, this is your shot. I know I'll be following along. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Oct 17, 2016

    Now we have Hammerhead #1, a sharp little doozy of a debut with all the action, one-liners, and slick sophistication you can handle in a 007 yarn. Diggle's story comes with the same pulpy vibe as Ellis' Vargr storyline (only with a punchier title), where our sleek superspy more closely resembles Fleming's brow-beaten 00 agent than the cat-like Connerys and Brosnans of the past. Diggle's Bond is about as blue-collar as Daniel Craig's take on the character " here, Bond is preposterously good at his job, but he does tend to leave his footprints on the living room rug. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Oct 13, 2016

    There's a lot in "James Bond: Hammerhead" to like, especially if you're a traditionalist Bond fan. You've got your great chase scenes, beautiful women, guns, whatever. For the more experimental comic book fan, there's also the slight chance that Bond can get into some really heady sci-fi. Even if we're not going for a straight up Metal Gear Solid remake, a Bond story with the slightest influence from a game series whose main protagonists include at least two clones would make for an incredible read. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Morag Lee Oct 11, 2016

    The comic does follow some of the simple James Bond story tropes: parachuting into the building with a baddie, getting into trouble from M and meeting an attractive woman. However, this comic is missing that something – and that something is a tighter target audience and more definition about what Bond they are modelling this comic after or creating a Bond that you could believe is the same one seen on screen (regardless of actor). Read Full Review

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