James Bond 007: M – Advance review
Writer Declan Shalvey
Artist PJ Holden
Colorist Dearbhla Kelly
Letters Simon Bowland
Cover Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
This book pleasantly surprised me. This story would make Ian Fleming proud. This was my introduction to the new M, what a powerful character this is. We foresee how he came up from the soldier to the head of MI 6’s double 0 division.You don’t get to be in charge without some serious field skills, boy does M possess skills. Something has gone south in Belfast and M goes to investigate and gets embroiled in some shady business. He was lead astray in his more youthful days and did some terrible things while following orders. Well, promptly it’s time to even the odds and right some wrongs from his past.There are some serious twists and turns but he proves he’s no one to trifle with. I’ll admit this book threw me for a loop. I’m a Bond movie fan but never really read any of the books. I just recently started reading some of the comics last month for the first time since the 90’s. The last I knew the role of M was a woman but that’s in the movies, so I just went with it and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Declan Shalvey (Deadpool vs Old Man Logan, Savage Town) wrote this masterfully, I hope he returns to compose more stories of M. If I had to describe Declan’s M one-shot story it would have to be intense. I couldn’t put this book from the moment I started reading it and neither will you. He has a certain flair in his storytelling that captures you completely and utterly captivated by all the moving parts happening around this main character. I would love to read more of Declan’s tales of M.
PJ Holden (2000AD., Judge Dredd) seemed like the ideal talent to tap for this project. Although this is just a one-shot. I hope to see this creative team work on more stories about M. Whether it’s another one-shot like this or maybe as a backup feature in another bond series. I’m accustomed to PJ’s work as a long time fan of his work on 2000AD and Judge Dredd. This book had a totally distinct look to it being so dark and mysterious, which played perfectly into the story.
I recommend this book not only to fan the world of James Bond but anyone who appreciates a heroic story. This is a diamond in the rough, seriously you need to pick up this book. This 40-page one-shot is profoundly worth your time and most certainly will entertain you. Once you read it you will thank me for this recommendation.