James Bond #3

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Masters Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: December 30, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 4
7.5Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Bond is on his way to break up a small, agile drug-trafficking operation in Berlin. The truth about what he's walking into is bigger, scarier and much more lethal. Berlin is about to catch fire, and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly continues the "VARGR" storyline, the debut chapter of the ongoing James Bond saga as written by industry legend Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Masters!

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 31, 2015

    Warren Ellis and Jason Masters strip much of the glamour and allure from Bond's world, instead focusing on how brutally violent and chaotic the life of an international super-spy can be. The violence is grotesquely rendered, but never does it seem like the creators are opting for mere shock value. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Dec 30, 2015

    James Bond #3 continues to build the series into an amazing representation of the classic spy that Ian Fleming created all those years ago. It also builds on the mystery and along with some explosive action it most definitely leaves us with enough reasons to return for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - StephenFn Dec 30, 2015

    While only advancing this opening Vargr story a small piece, this issue remains a tense and action packed read wonderfully highlighting character and motivations for 007 and his foes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Dec 30, 2015

    It might not be the Bond everyone knows and loves; in fact, his actions are more reminiscent of John McClane, but the character traits of 007 are still there to remind us of just who he is. For me, this was a very pleasant surprise. Ellis has created a Bond character that will appeal to fans and non-fans alike, and also created a slick, action-packed action thriller you dont want to miss out on if you like your comics bloody entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 30, 2015

    Though the serie isn't winning me over in a really big way, I'm enjoying it more than enough to continue on and see where it's going to go. The potential is there, but Bond is a difficult character to translate into comic form. Hell, it can be difficult to do it well for film. The books are still the gold standard for a large subset of fans while the mainstream side digs the movies in a big way. Ellis and Masters' storyline here is moving along with its reveals and teases while giving us a good blend of action, intrigue and a touch of sexuality as well. It's a solid experience that I really believe will read a lot better in full than it does monthly, but such is the nature of the serialized beast. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Dec 31, 2015

    So if youre looking for a good Bond comic to read, or heck what may potentially be one of the best action books on the market today this is very much one worth seeking out. And as a person indifferent to James Bond, Im very much surprised at this myself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Edgar Chaput Jan 7, 2016

    While the secrets behind Kurjak's research and its effects on Britain will surely be revealed by the end of issue 6, incredibly dense plots are not a requirement to satisfy Bond fans. So long as Warren Ellis and Jason Masters can tow the line between some decent mystery, compelling supporting players (both villainous and otherwise) and the sort of rip-roaring action issues 2 and 3 have provided, then it feels safe to say that James Bond 007 is in reasonably safe hands and that Dynamite Entertainment knows what it's doing with the property. Some issues will have the task of divulging necessary plot. Others, like 3, serve more as jumping pads from one major plot point to another, which, in the world of 007, is code for blistering action that leaves death and destruction in its wake. The best that can be said about the monthly series thus far, keeping in mind that it is early, is its consistency. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 29, 2015

    This is as solid as non-superhero action comics can get. Bond isn't just shooting his way through bad guys but using his wit and knowledge too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Dec 30, 2015

    Looking at this and previous issues of the series, I would be very interested in the dynamic between Ellis and Masters. In my head, the lack of dialogue doesn't mean a lack of writing. I always think of the writer of a comic in the same way I think of a director of a movie.A writerknows what they want to see on the page and relies on the artist to bring it to life. The same way that a director may have a vision, relies on the actors to breath life into the scene. Bond fans may well give this book a look for a slightly different version of their favourite spy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jan 6, 2016

    All this is not to say the book is without its charm. One three panel sequence has the two office agents discussing what makes Bond tick in a manner that is both original and insightful in exactly the way the book should be. It's a brief moment, but it sparkles with the wit and creativity fans would expect from Ellis. With a little luck, the format will loosen up a little bit and let more such offbeat moments happen. As it is, I am still excited to see if things can come together as the first arc wraps up, but it's not looking hugely likely. Read Full Review

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