Ahead of SDCC, James Bond Series Announced From 'Planet Hulk' Writer

Greg Pak, best known as the writer of Planet Hulk (upon which much of Thor: Ragnarok was based), will launch a new, ongoing series based on Ian Fleming's super-spy James Bond, Dynamite Entertainment announced today.

Artist Marc Laming (Star Wars, Wonder Woman) will join Pak on the series, titled James Bond 007!

“I'm thrilled to have the chance to play with these classic characters, giving them the biggest surprises, the funnest toys, and the wildest plot twists we can come up with -- and maybe even a surprisingly moving emotional endgame,” Pak said in a statement. “And I'm hugely excited about this creative team, with Marc Laming giving us that sleek action and character work he does so well! Can't wait 'til we can show you what we're cooking up!”

Per a release from Dynamite, the series begins as Agent 007 tracks a smuggler into Singapore to secure a dangerous case, contents unknown. But a Korean mystery man wants the case as well, for very different reasons. If Bond and this new rival don’t kill each other, the ruthless terrorist organization known as ORU will be more than happy to finish the job.

“I couldn't be more excited to be working on a James Bond book with Greg Pak, Nate Cosby, and Dynamite,” said Laming. “I have loved Greg's work since first reading 'Planet Hulk' and Nate is one of my favourite collaborators in comics, he always brings such enthusiasm and positivity to every project he works on. And it's BOND!”

In 2014, Dynamite Entertainment first secured the license from Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to produce the first James Bond comics in 20 years, and have been publishing a number of high-profile, prestige-format miniseries since. Dynamite’s newest series, James Bond Origin, is a definitive account of James Bond’s exploits during World War II and will launch in September.

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(Photo: Dynamite Entertainment)

"Greg, Marc, colorist Triona Farrell and letterer Ariana Maher are bringing something completely different to this series,” said series editor Nate Cosby. “This is an ongoing Bond story, but it also stars someone else, a mystery man that won’t get out of Bond’s way, on a global scale. They’re sometimes foes, sometimes allies, but Bond and this charming, deadly mystery man are constantly chasing after the same dangerous things for different reasons. Greg’s conception of this race-the-clock, spy-vs-spy dynamics is really going to excite people, and Marc’s superior storytelling and incredible attention to detail will delight you.”

“Greg Pak is hands down one of the best writers in comics today,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “With James Bond being one of the most iconic characters in the world, having Greg on this book is a perfect match, further complemented by the incredible Marc Laming, who has a phenomenal range in his artwork.”

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The debut issue of James Bond 007 features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Dave Johnson (Deadpool), John Cassaday (Lone Ranger), Rafael Albuquerque (Detective Comics), and Marc Laming (Star Wars), respectively.

James Bond 007 #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September 2018 Previews catalog, and slated for release in November 2018.