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James Bond #6 review: The name’s Big… Mr. Big

James Bond #6 Cover A by Afua Richardson. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
James Bond #6 Cover A by Afua Richardson. Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

James Bond #6
Writers: Vita Ayala and Danny Lore
Artist: Brent Peeples
Cover: Afua Richardson
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

As I mentioned in my James Bond: Origin Vol. 2 HC review, I wasn’t really a James Bond fan. Reading the James Bond comics of Dynamite Entertainment, however, changed that. James Bond #6 is another great issue that will make you glad 007 is in comic books.

Spoilers ahead.

Bond and Keys

Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

It helps that it’s co-written by Vita Ayala (Morbius, Gamora), whose episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire have made me a fan, and Danny Lore (Queen Of Bad Dreams).

Not only that, but also James Bond #6 features one of the classic Bond villains, Mr. Big, whom Yaphet Kotto played in the 1973 Bond film “Live and Let Die”. Incidentally, this was the first movie to star the late Roger Moore as Bond.

Brandy Keys is an interesting character who is a great agent in her own right.

M hasn’t been able to hail Bond, and so he and Moneypenny are relying on Keys to find Bond.

Keys: “I think Bond may have tangled with the man in charge of the operation…”

M: “Who?”

Keys: “I heard the guards say the name ‘Big,’ but that’s all I know.”

Moneypenny: “My God…”

Something fishy

Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment
Image credit: Dynamite Entertainment

This issue does a great job of emphasizing how dangerous Mr. Big is, and how even more unpredictable Bond is when it comes to this villain.

These two hate each other’s guts, and would be more than happy to live and let die, heh.

Bond: “Sounds to me… as if you need better friends. And a splash of mouthwash. Was it fish for lunch then?”

Mr. Big: “Tsk. Cheeky.”

Bond and Keys eventually find each other and team up to take out the bad guys. Of course, Mr. Big is on a totally different level, so unfortunately he’s the big one that got away.

Looking forward to the next adventure of 007? I know I am.

(Editor’s note: This review is based on an advanced review copy provided by Diamond Entertainment. James Bond #6 shipped on July 29.)