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James Bond: Hammerhead (Ian Fleming's James Bond) Hardcover – May 23, 2017
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This story has James Bond, Agent 007, protecting England's leading arms manufacturer's CEO and his beautiful ambitious daughter from a ruthless anti capitalist known only as "Kraken", who has sites set on the company's latest project, Hammerhead, a powerful railgun capable of a new age of destruction. As Bond unravels the clues behind Kraken, each new lead brings him closer to a heinous plot that threatens his home country...and one that could lead him to his very demise.
First of all, the story itself is gripping, hooking you from the very first page. It's nonstop action and thrills, yet doesn't exhaust you either with any overwhelming tendencies. The plot is multilayered, but very easy to follow and could be compared to any Bond film. Andy Diggle's portrayal of James Bond is dead on accurate in terms of the mannerisms, brutality, and charming sophistication while also bringing him up to today's standards when it comes to the opposite sex. Victoria Hunt, the company's daughter, was given ample screen time and her interactions and chemistry with Bond were very well crafted and entertaining. Diggle also made sure to provide M and Moneypenny with some important roles throughout the story, especially in the later stages during the climax. The artwork by Luca Casalanguida is phenomenal and captures the gritty espionage and 'Fleming Effect' scenery associated in the franchise. The true highlight are the action sequences, which both men have managed to top the two previous stories of VARGR and EIDOLON. My favorite two occur in the second and third issues of this compilation, however each issue possesses a memorable action escapade.
Overall Diggle and Casalanguida have concocted an amazing ride on the senses that stands as Dynamite's best addition to their Bond reboot. This has high reread value and is a perfect addition to anyone's collection. I highly recommend.
4.75 / 5
In Hammerhead, Bond is tasked with a British weapons manufacturer who also happens to be responsible for disposing of Britain's decommissioned nuclear warheads. Meanwhile, a mysterious anti-capitalist terrorist named Kraken (got to love those Bond villain names) is trying to obtain those warheads. Mix, shake, and stir and you've got a fast-paced, action-packed James Bond adventure.
Andy Diggle has a fine grasp on what makes a good Bond story. There is the traditional explosive beginning (the art, by Luca Casalanguida, even takes the reader through the title pages much like the movies do). Bond meets a beautiful woman (in this case, the daughter of the weapons manufacturer he is tasked to protect). There is a crazy new weapon (Hammerhead), gadgets from Q division, witty banter and one-liners, In addition, Bond globe hops as usual; locations include Venezuela, London, Dubai, and the North Atlantic.
While Diggle doesn't really develop the character of James Bond with any new depth (this is hard to accomplish with this type of long running character), he does stay true to who Bond is. His Bond leans more towards the Ian Fleming novels and more recent Daniel Craig movies. Bond is more serious, rather than cartoony. Personally, I like this portrayal a lot, and Diggle does a great job with it.
Andy Diggle's James Bond: Hammerhead is a great addition to the James Bond cannon. It is fun and non-stop, bringing out what is best (in my opinion) about Bond. I highly recommend this book to new and old readers alike.
I received a preview copy of this book from Dynamite Entertainment and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The arms manufacturer’s latest gadget is a rail gun it calls Hammerhead. A mysterious foe named Kraken is after the Hammerhead and more. That premise leads to the kind of action scenes, fast cars, and high-tech gadgetry that make a Bond story a Bond story.
And then there’s Moneypenny, who is considerably more ruthless here than her past portrayals. The current incarnation is consistent with her evolution over the years. I like it.
Otherwise, there’s nothing new here, which means Diggle isn’t screwing up a classic. Everything is just as it should be, including straightforward art that has style without trying to be stylish. If I could, I would give Hammerhead 4 1/2 stars.