Bond is back, in James Bond: Kill Chain, a new comic series by acclaimed British writer Andy Diggle (for notable runs on Green Arrow, Daredevil) and artist Luca Casalanguida. Dynamite Entertainment will publish.
Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida previously teamed together in the recent James Bond comic series published through Dynamite, in James Bond: Hammerhead. The duo is set to return for James Bond: Kill Chain; a new tale of international intrigue and espionage for six monthly issues, blasting off in July.
The new story: “When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally – the CIA!”
“I’m thrilled to be assigning James Bond his next mission.,” said writer Andy Diggle, “His exploits have been an inspiration from my earliest years, and Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. have proved to be the perfect creative partners.”
Diggle said more on the new series, “The decision to update the stoic Bond of Ian Fleming’s original novels from the moral certainties of the 1950s to our shifting, complex, present-day world was inspired – and inspiring. We live in treacherous times, and James Bond is the hero we need to navigate them. I have many more stories to tell, and I’m having the time of my life telling them. Working with Luca Casalanguida on James Bond: Hammerhead was one of the most creatively satisfying and enjoyable collaborations of my career, and his art for Kill Chain raises the bar even higher. Greg Smallwood’s stunning covers perfectly capture the blend of suave and brutality that has made Bond one of the century’s most enduring icons. Ably backed up by Chris Blythe on colors and Simon Bowland on lettering, we have the perfect tight-knit team to continue bringing you the exploits of the world’s greatest secret agent.”
“Andy is fantastic to work with.,” said artist Luca Casalanguida, “While partnering on 007, we were able to establish a great working relationship that I believe comes across in the work. Andy is doing an excellent job transporting the world of Bond in to comics. I think Bond fans will find a lot of what they like here.”
Since 2014, Dynamite Entertainment had secured the license from Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to produce the first James Bond comics in over 20 years. Their first James Bond series, written by Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis, launched thereafter meeting widespread critical acclaim. Other Bond series followed, with Kill Chain being the newest series.
James Bond: Kill Chain #1 will feature three cover variants, featuring the art of Greg Smallwood (Archie, Moon Knight), Juan Doe (Guardians of the Galaxy), and interior artist Luca Casalanguida.
Also available are “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” limited variants are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops. Ask your local comics retail dealer for more info.
James Bond: Kill Chain #1 is slated for release in July, at local comic book retailers and also be available through Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital digital platforms.