Filed under: Comic Reviews, IDW Comics | Tags: 007, coldwar, comics, IDW, jamesbond, johnbyrne
Cold War, The Michael Swann Dossier, The Damocles Contract, yes, there is a fair bit of text and title action on the cover of this comic book. Don’t be put off though, this is exactly the old school spy mystery you’ve been looking for. One of those comic books that’s every bit as comfortable as watching Sean Connery in Gold Finger after Sunday lunch at your Gran’s.The ‘Bond’ similarities don’t hold back, in fact, I do wonder if Byrne wrote ‘Cold War’ with the legendary spy in mind, only to be pipped at the post by Mr Faulks. The lead character is every bit as charming, sexist, dangerous and handsome as ‘007 thanks to an extremely well written script and dynamic structure.
Issue 1’s cover tells you everything you need to know about the ingredients of ‘Cold War’. Its a design triumph, featuring combined Union Jack/ Hammer & Sickle, CCCP branded rockets, gun wielding men in shadows, frumpish and flustered secretaries, beautiful women draped in bedsheets, top secret files and of course, a hero – suited and standing full centre, aggressive and brave. Issue 2 is more of the same, this time with a seductive embrace and a car chase.
Cold War is a brilliantly unpretentious period comic book. The characters are extremely stereotypical, which suits the story incredibly well. The story is intriguing and over the currently released 2 issues looks as though we can expect a decent level of detail and depth to the mystery. Whilst the story isn’t overly complicated, every movement and development through the characters is executed with aplomb. From arguments between colleagues and the ensuing relationship change to the action set pieces, the art, pacing and dialogue are all top notch.
Cold War is the steak pie and trifle dinner of the comic book world. Please go and enjoy it.
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