Transmetropolitan co-creator Warren Ellis will write James Bond for Dynamite, the publisher revealed today.
It's easy to see where the idea may have occurred to all involved; Planetary #11, one of that issue's most popular issues, featured John Stone, a James Bond-like superspy whose story played with tropes from the Bond films as well as espionage comics like Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
"Ian Fleming's James Bond is an icon, and it's a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books," said Warren Ellis.
The first six-issue story arc in the James Bond 007 comic book series will be entitled "VARGR." Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 agent... but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.
Great-nephew of Ian Fleming, Diggory Laycock said, "We were thrilled when Warren agreed to write the first story in this exciting new chapter of literary James Bond. Warren's style is gritty, dark and unique and we can't wait to see James Bond embroiled in an adventure of his creation."
"Warren Ellis is one of the most brilliant writers of the 21st Century, not just in comics but across all media," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "When we approached him for the launch, we hoped he could make time in his very busy schedule, and we are ever fortunate and thankful that he was able to. We met with Warren and the everyone at IFPL, and Warren's passion for the novels showed. He really is the perfect writer for Bond, and I can't express how excited we are that Warren is tackling the ongoing series. This will be James Bond unlike anything you've ever seen before, true to Ian Fleming's source material yet bursting all preconceptions of what a Bond story should be."
Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt says, "I've long been a fan of Warren, going back to his earliest works including Lazarus Churchyard when it was first published, and pairing his creative mind with the iconic James Bond will make it the most talked about and exciting comic of 2015."
"We have the extraordinary opportunity to create the very best James Bond stories that you've never read, and we have one of the most extraordinary contemporary adventure writers in the world to launch with," said Editor Mike Lake. "After more than 40 years in the business, this is the best project I've ever had a hand in, and am very proud to have helped bring it about."
"I've wanted to draw something Warren Ellis wrote since I first read his work on The Authority," said artist Jason Masters. "Each of his carefully composed pages is filled with wonderful ideas that make you wish you were smarter. More ingenious than Warren's writing might be Dynamite's decision to have him write James Bond. James Bond by Warren Ellis! I'd buy that sight unseen if I wasn't lucky enough to be the guy drawing it."0comments
With Comic-Con International: San Diego coming up this week, it's likely that Dynamite (and many other comics publishers) will have a ton of announcements today and tomorrow to get out ahead of the pop culture festival.
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