MI6 looks back at the Dark Horses comic mini series "James Bond 007: Light Of My Death" #1, released in 1993...

"James Bond 007: Light Of My Death #1" Review
4th September 2005

Above: Front cover


The Story
This four part story embarks with two mysterious men meeting in a cable car over the French Alps. A sniper using a high-tech weapon shoots the cable car down.

We move to M’s office, with Bond flirting with Moneypenny briefly. M discuss the loss of "Rogers" who was one of the men on the cable car.

A hint of the time period is given when we see the word-processor!

MI6 Briefing
Title: James Bond – Light of my Death
Publisher: Acme Comics LTD, Dark Horse Comics Inc, Glidrose Publications LTD
Released: Issue #8 - Part 1 - 1993
Writer: Das Petrou
Artist: John Watkiss
Letters: Woodrow Phoenix
Colorist: Trevor Goring
Cover Artist: Joe Phillips
Assist Writing and Inking: Wade Grawbadger

Best Line
"Moneypenny you don’t know how good it is to see you again. I was beginning to feel as if I’d been left out in the cold."

Watkins has found good balance for this first part, using simple lines with strong colouring by Phillips. The characters have unique definition with no scruffy lines or over-detailing in the close ups.

A young Bond is sharp, smooth, and he does not stand out from the surrounding characters. Watkiss’s Bond is a cross between Fleming’s literary Bond and a young softy defined man.

With a smaller canvas than previous Dark Horse Bond comic adventures, the dialogue is short and snappy.

Data Stream (Part #1)

Villain: Unnamed sniper
Plot: Bond learns of a mysterious incident in the French Alps
Bond Girls: N/A
Allies: Moneypenny, M
Locations: French Alps; London, UK

Above: Cell from part 1 of "Light Of My Death"

MI6 Rating

Images courtesy Dark Horse

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