Reflections of Death–James Bond “anthology graphic novel” arrives this week

Review by C.J. Bunce

Fans of James Bond have six reasons to check out a new graphic novel arriving tomorrow at comic book stores everywhere.  Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007: Reflections of Death combines the writing talents of comics creators Benjamin Percy, Greg Pak, Andy Diggle, Gail Simone, Mark Russell, Vita Ayala, and Danny Lore, with the artwork of Dean Kotz, Luca Casalanguida, Kewber Baal, Eoin Marron, Robert Carey, Jordi Perez, and Fay Dalton.  The result is a single graphic novel finding Moneypenny kidnapped and drugged, forced to recount some telling exploits of our favorite 00 spy.

James Bond: Reflections of Death is a clever spin on the comics anthology book format, allowing writer and artist teams to step in and take over for a segment of the storytelling–all while Vita Ayala and Danny Lore keep the book a single, cohesive narrative.  Stunning interior design work (by Cathleen Heard) keeps the framework of the book together, and each tale highlights a segment of Bond’s own persona.  The highlights are not all that favorable for Bond, as he’s conned by more than one of his spy counterparts.

I love Dean Kotz’s cityscape scenes of Bond in Greg Pak’s story The Oddest Job.  In The Rare Dinner, Benjamin Percy and Kewber Baal create a fully fleshed out, legit Bond girl who’d make a good foil for Bond in the movies.  And it’s always great running across old friends again, even in the worst of situations, as Felix Leiter makes a call to Bond in Gail Simone and Eoin Marron’s One Pistol, Three Silencers.

Here is a look inside Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007: Reflections of Death courtesy of Dynamite:

Another great edition to the Dynamite Entertainment catalog of James Bond tie-in comics and graphic novels, order the hardcover, all-new graphic novel Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007: Reflections of Death, coming Wednesday, September 16, 2020, available at Elite Comics, your own comic book store, or pre-order it today here at Amazon.

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