James Bond: Hammerhead
by Andy Diggle
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dynamite Hardcover / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 9781524103224
Date: 03 May 2017
It's James Bond. You know what's going to happen. It will open with a daring and dangerous assignment that may or may not go as planned. Bond will either get praised or censured. Another assignment will follow and lead to more danger, excitement, and edge of your seat adventure. There will probably be a beautiful woman in there somewhere who will be the love interest and might even be a bit on the evil side. Bond does his thing and the world as we know it gets saved.
It's pretty straight forward. However, you don't read or watch James Bond for its originality. You read/watch for the amazingly complicated politically intrigue, high-tech gadgets and gewgaws, and his last minute and always somehow unexpected survival and solution to the assignment that leaves readers/viewers with the opportunity to enjoy another adventure.
Well, James Bond: Hammerhead by Andy Diggle has it all. Exciting last minute escapes. Beautiful and smart woman. Lots of high-tech gadgets. Political intrigue involving the military industrial complex that makes the first Iron Man film plot seem like an innocent misunderstanding. From the first page, where Bond is sliding down a helicopter's tether to capture and interrogate a person that is believed to be working for Kraken, until the last page it's non stop action.
Kraken has been one step ahead of MI6 and it's believed that whoever he is, he's getting inside information. What they can't figure out is who he is and what the endgame is heading toward. But, most importantly, how can he be stopped. The problem is that no one talks – they die first.
I won't spoil it with any more plot details but once again, James Bond has to succeed to protect his country.
The artwork goes well with the story conveying the mood, edginess, and danger. I did have a few problems identifying just who I was looking at sometimes, especially when a lot of Bond-types were in the cell. However, the art was so seamlessly part of the story that at times it was like watching a movie rather than reading a graphic novel.