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Review by C.J. Bunce

I admit it.  I’m a sucker for the next great Assassin’s Creed tie-in story.  Assassin’s Creed is the perfect mix of fantasy and fiction, of adventure, sci-fi, and history.  Earlier this year in Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone, that meant a trip back to 1960s Vietnam.  With an Egyptian flare like we saw in Assassin’s Creed: The Ankh of Isis, the latest graphic novel compilation introduces us to Aya, an assassin with the brotherhood of the Hidden Ones aiming to defeat the Order of the Ancients as it prepares to conquer Egypt.  Spinning out of the events of Ubisoft’s 2017 game, writers Anthony Del Col and Anne Toole and artists PJ Kaiowa and Dijjo Lima’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins returns to comic shops in a new Special Edition next month.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

First of all it’s not really Bruce Lee.  The character’s name is John Lee, and he’s an agent after the same target but backed by a different government–the South Korean intelligence agency–and with different objectives than our title character, Mr. Bond.  Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 is smartly written by Greg Pak and drawn by Marc Laming, Stephen Mooney, and Eric Gapstur in a way that makes it easy for readers to imagine what could have been one great movie.  More as if Bruce Lee was portraying his Dragon than Kato, this Mr. Lee and Mr. Bond are well-matched adversaries.

Until they aren’t.

Taking some of the best bits from the spy trope, what will happen when MI6 teams up with South Korean spies against a common foe?  It’s Man from U.N.C.L.E meets Bond, as villains from MI6’s past start popping up, including Oddjob and Goldfinger.  A suitcase will explode if removed from, or taken too far away from, its handler.  One town of innocent people has already seen the potential of this new technology.

This series has everything.  Great tech gizmos, exotic women counter-spies, and locations across the globe.  Mooney’s artwork is fantastic, reminiscent of Mike Grell and Rick Hoberg’s pencil work during the spy years of the DC Comics Green Arrow comic book series (including a great new character similar to their Shado).  And Bond’s dialogue reveals Pak knows the character well.

 

Take a look at this preview, courtesy of Dynamite Comics:

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