Dynamite Entertainment officially announced today a new James Bond comic miniseries called James Bond: Kill Chain. The new book is a follow-up to the acclaimed series, James Bond: Hammerhead. The six-issue series will return through the end of 2017. A while back, Dynamite gained the license to the legendary spy franchise and now has a new series planned.
For the creative team of the book is British writer Andy Diggle. Serving on pencils is artist Luca Casalanguida, who did the art for the Hammerhead book. The new story is set in Rotterdam after a counterespionage operation goes horrible wrong. Bond becomes embroiled in a plot to topple NATO, when an assassin is targeting allied agents. The MI6 is then pit against its former ally, the CIA.
Speaking on the news in a press release, writer Andy Diggle stated, “I’m thrilled to be assigning James Bond his next mission. 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 added the following on the new book: “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.”
The debut issue of the Kill Chain series will feature a number of cover variants. You can check out some sample artwork for the covers below. The covers feature artwork by Greg Smallwood (Archie, Moon Knight), interior artist Luca Casalanguida’s, and Juan Doe (Guardians of the Galaxy) respectively. There will also be limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats for retailer incentives at comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.
The first issue for Kill Chain arrives next month. It will be available through comic shops and digital platforms, such as Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.