MI6 looks back at the comic "Serpent's Tooth"
#3 released by Dark Horse Comics in February 1993...
James Bond 007: Serpent's Tooth #3 Review
9th February 2005
"Part III: Mass Extinction" begins moments after
the close of issue two, when
security guards alert Indigo to the electric fence being set
off by an unknown intruder. One of the ghostly twins - Kane
- is dispatched to locate Bond.
Bond lays in wait for Kane, and after ambushing him, 007
gains entry to the secure complex. Once inside he finds
Laya, who was at the casino with Indigo in issue
one, she agrees to help him find the computer centre.
After entering the centre, Indigo appears before Bond can
cause any damage, and he murders Laya in cold blood for
betraying him. He begins to explains his plan for "New
Eden" to Bond before sending him away to die.
In a bloody fistfight Bond escapes his captors with the
help of Sunny. Meanwhile, Cruzado and his commando's begin
to attack Indigo surface support ships, and the forces board
each other's vessels in a full on battle.
Above: Back cover
Sunny and Bond head deeper into the undersea vehicle looking
for Indigo to abort the countdown, which will set off the nuclear
weapons creating his "New Eden." The face-off between
Bond and Indigo is intense, beginning with the discovery by Bond
that 009 has been genetically altered into an ape-like beast.
After Bond has disarmed the countdown, a surface ship sinks heading
right for the undersea dome. Once punctured by the sinking ship,
water begins to pore in flooding the undersea complex. In a mad
dash to escape, Bond must defeat a giant octopus. After dispatching
the sea creature Bond manages to save the kidnapped girls and
scientists and escapes in a mini submarine to the surface - and
The cover uses a full upper body of Bond in a classic pose with
his right hand raised clenching an automatic pistol. The purple
and violet image shows a determined Bond, with most of his face
hidden by shadow. The Bond on show here is in great physical shape.
The dark, moody, image creates a menacing flavour for this final
Above: Cell from Serpent's Tooth #3.
With such a grand canvas to illustrate on, Gulacy and Oliff
manage to pull it off will aplomb. The full out action extravaganza
has yet again been carefully crafted, with clean lines and
solid colouring emphasizing the detail.
With a large potion of this conclusion taken part in watery
environments, time has been taken to fully create a believable
populated undersea world.
The pace of issue three is increased by the swift dialogue,
the quality of dialogue and storyline in this three issue
mini-series is wonderful, even more clinches and smart one
liners are present. However nothing slows the overall pace
of this final issue.
"After all he is a dinosaur, Kane
Data Stream (Issue #3)
Title: Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 Serpent's Tooth
Publisher: Acme Comics LTD, Dark Horse Comics Inc,
Glidrose Publications LTD
Released: Issue #3 February 1993
Writer: Doug Moench
Illustrator: Paul Gulacy
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Cover Artist: Paul Gulacy
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Editor: Jerry Prosser
||Bond is sent to find out about a missing 00 agent
and discovers more then he has bargained for, when he
comes up against a genetically modified villain
||M, Miss Moneypenny, Senor Cruzado, Major Boothroyd
||Lima, Peru; Pacific Ocean floor
Above: Front cover
Images courtesy Dark Horse Comics.
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