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James Bond: Himeros #5 Review

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A hard and harsh end.

Creative Staff:
Story: Rodney Barnes
Art: Pierluigi Minotti
Colors: Adriano Augusto
Letterer: Social Myth Studios

What They Say:
It’s all led to this as Bond and Richmond face their last challenge. The most exciting James Bond adventure hurtles towards an explosive conclusion and we all know, not everyone walks away with their life… Featuring two amazing covers: Francesco Francavilla and the legendary Butch Guice! Did you know: After finishing the first draft of Casino Royale, Fleming rewarded himself with a Royal Quiet Deluxe Portable gold-plated typewriter, which he used to write the rest of his books and short stories.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Rodney Barnes the storyline to a close with this installment, though I think a four-issue run would have been a tighter approach for this run – but at least it’s not six. As I’ve said, it’s a solid enough story that hasn’t gone so big as to be ridiculous. Barnes writes Bond well and the action is tight and engaging which is brought through really well in the artwork. It’s still feeling like it’s missing a certain something to make it a great Bond book, but it’s a solidly enjoyable one. Giorgio Pontrelli is on board for this issue once again whereas Antonio Fuso handled the first two issues and Pierluigi Minotti did the third. That’s always rare – and kind of worrying – but it definitely looks good here with the solid design for Bond that lets us fill in our own vision of the man while the new cast and others look great. This one didn’t flow as well with the artist change as the first attempt did and it becomes a bit more of a distraction here than I thought it would.

The fallout of the previous installment is pretty intense here and what we get is largely an all-action piece here. The focus on the fight between Bond and the assassin that has been tracking him and Sarah for some time wraps up well here at the small airfield and it’s got a lot of fun elements to it in the classic action sense as they shoot it out and Bond finds a way to gain the upper hand after realizing just how much talent the other guy has. Bond’s taking him out is a pretty grim moment overall as we see the body basically melting away but it gives Bond the last piece he needs to deal with the larger thing that they’re facing off against here. Which is what the book opens with, showing us Anton Banes trying to salvage his arms business as his legitimate customers have now abandoned him because of his involvement with Wilhelm.

The small flashback to his time on the island and his claims later of nobody being hurt is comical, but it’s fun to watch as he gets a lot of underworld types coming to his presentation and selling of weapons while we see Bond returning with Sarah’s body and going the hard work of preparing to go after Banes. A full-on island assault by just home is a bit much but it tracks well for the franchise as a whole and its off-books aspect. It’s slim on dialogue but Pontrelli handles it well overall to keep the action moving fast with some good intensity and a real sense of danger about the whole thing. It’s essentially a loose end that’s dealt with here and it does have Bond in a place wondering if there is a real out for him someday where it’s not a dark end like this.

In Summary:
This series was a lot of fun overall as it delivered an interesting story pulling from recent events and giving it the kind of execution that you expected from it. The script kept things moving well without getting too bogged down in details that would slow things down and it captured the familiar “comics” Bond that we’ve gotten used to. The artwork side was good overall but I really dislike having three different artists on a five-issue series. Pontrelli did some solid stuff with what they had here but it was also the weakest overall even as it had the most to do with all of the action and demands because of it. Hopefully, things will be a bit more set and done before future series start their release.

Grade: B-

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 16th, 2022
MSRP: $3.99

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