||30th August 1971 to
24th December 1971
||#1709 to #1809
|| Luke Quantrill, Dutard, Roche, Lord Astro
||CIA Agent Perelli, Alan Quantrill, M, Bill Tanner,
||London, England; Paris, France
Above: The mysterious 'Star Fire'
tracks down another victim.
The thrashing of cult leader Lord Astro has caused a stir in the
media that is only heightened when his abuser is killed by a mysterious
fireball as predicted by the ‘Lord’. He is however
simply a patsy, whose current public image is being used by Luke
Quantrill to eliminate previous foes and aid the theft of aircraft
designs for a S.P.E.C.T.R.E front company Dutard. Astro is not
the only one being taken for a ride; Quantrill’s terms for
the plans sale are constantly changing, as is his fee.
Above: The opening panel of "Starfire"
Above: James Bond follows the clues
to unveil the perpetrator of the spate of 'Starfire' killings.
Source To Strip
Another straight-forward detective story by Jim Lawrence
gives 007 little to do except follow the clues, but the
adventure does contain some Bondian elements. Bond's preference
to work alone comes through strongly when he dismisses the
help of CIA Agent Perelli, and his disliking to the French
is evident in his treatment of the goons in Paris. The background
involvement of SPECTRE serves no real purpose than to tenuously
ground the story in the ongoing series.
Artist Yaroslav Horak is on fine form as usual. His depiction
of the mysterious Star Fire leaves enough to the imagination
to later seem plausible given the explanation of the technology
at the story's close. All of the characters are well defined,
although due to the lack of a Bond Girl in Lawrence's story,
the female form is in short supply after the hippie cult
Luke Quantrill: "Your little CIA tin-star doesn't count here
Madame Spectra has a fleeting mention, her last for ten years
until "Doomcrack". In the French cafe scene, Roche likens
his target to a tiger, and a few strips later Bond proclaims to
be that tiger - without having heard Roche's comments.
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 21st April 2006
Titles Included: "The Golden Ghost", "Fear
Face", "Double Jeopardy", "Star Fire"
"The Golden Ghost"
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