OG review of Ian Fleming’s James Bond – Felix Leiter #1
From: Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, “Felix Leiter.”
Writer: James Robinson Artist: Aaron Campbell
Colors: Salvatore Aiala Lettering: Simon Bowland
Covers: Mike Perkins and Andy Taylor (A)
Covers: Gabriel Hardman and Jordan Boyd (B) Executive Editor: Joseph Rybandt
Associate Editor: Anthony Marques Editorial Consultant: Michael Lake
Licence to Kill never expires
First review of the 2017 season and it on Ian Fleming’s James Bond series titled Felix Leiter. In this graphic comic book series, former US Intelligence officer and good friend to James Bond. Felix Leiter has retired from government life to work as a private investigator for hire. Things for him hasn’t been easy for Felix as his mundane of leaves him living day by day. His old friend, James Bond stops and pays Felix a visit to offers a gift of enhanced prosthetics. Felix goes to Tokyo, Japan as a favor from the United States Government to Japan in search for an old alley he once loved. For Felix, this will open old wound that never quite healed.
Hitting his old city haunts, spots a familiar face in a dark smokey bar. Its Alena Davoff, a beautiful young oriental woman with a slim body and ruby-red lips. Alena, a trained co-op soldier drinks with a strange man sitting at a table across from him. Felix recalls his time with her-both the good and the bad times. Off his game, Felix daydreams a bit too long and finds himself frantically running out the bar and panning outside to search and follow Alena. He picks up her trail only to find himself being roundhouse kicked to the city streets by her. Looking now at a barrel of a revolver held by Alena, he avoids sedimental formalities and manages to escape the situation. Alena disappears into the night. Later that evening, Felix gets a call from Tiger. He reports that the Tokyo Government Office was attacked by terrorist with nerve gas that left many dead. To be continued.
Now, for those who are not familiar with the James Bond films, Felix was tortured by a drug cartel named Franz Sanchez who tied Felix up while a shark nibbled at his extremities. That is why Felix uses prosthetics to live a somewhat normal life. I tip my hat to the writers for including this bit of information about character Felix -it keeps it authentic. Overall, the story is open to many possibilities to explore. I’m sure Felix Leiter’s life was filled with black-ops covert operations, assassination of government officials as well as the many women he’s loved -for President and country of course. This is 1st of a 6 part mini-series which series # 2 will hit shelves February 2017. Overall, would have enjoyed this more if Felix was a black or even a woman character as not government agents are male caucasian. Would be curious to see whether James Bond will make another appearance again but this time Felix saves Bond. Score: Storyline: ⅖ Artwork: ⅘ Character interest: ⅗ Overall Score: ⅗.
I am Brian A. Madrid.