James Bond: Felix Leiter #1 – Review
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Aaron Campbell
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Felix Leiter. The ever-faithful companion of 007. The CIA agent who always seems to take a back seat to his British counterpart. But, perhaps, in his slightly worn state, no longer. Dynamite is shining the spotlight on our American spy and letting him shine. His world-weary, former G-man self is caught up in the middle of a new crisis in Japan, and one that might even involve an old flame. Let’s hope his new prosthetics hold out long enough to see him hoist a fine glass of whisky at the end of the case.
James Robinson gives us a Felix that is at once familiar and delightfully different. He instills Felix with a narrative voice that is natural and vaguely reminiscent of an old noir detective. This is a Felix who is ready for the story to be centered upon him, and not his more lionized British friend. The pace in the story is perfect with a continual movement ahead even during the flashback scenes that give the present a sense of place.
Likewise, Aaron Campbell, delivers a fine portrayal of the action and scenery while allowing us to take in the interactions between these characters. With settings ranging from Tokyo to Key West, he shows off his range and gets us into the picture easily and comfortably. His eye for detail is such a luxury for the reader, getting us right into the emotion and feel of the characters.
This series looks to be fast-paced with some big twists and turns ahead and Felix is being giving a proper setting for his headlining act. This is one Dynamite title that any Bond fan should easily be able to love and it’s just right to jump into the Bond titles if you haven’t already. Put another one down on my pull list, please!