I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into the second issue of James Bond: Hammerhead, but to my surprise, it wasn’t bad. The story follows 007, as he shadows the nation’s leading defense contractor at the Dubai Arms Fair. I enjoyed the story, as it was less action, but build up some chemistry between Bond and Victoria Hunt. At the same time, I did feel that the pacing could’ve been a little better. The writing is solid, and shows off Bonds charm, as well as his tactfulness in tough situations. Even throwing in a few one-liners, that had me laughing a few times. The character interactions were good, and lead to some surprising moments that happen in the issue.
The art by Luis Casalanguida is quite strong, and manages to capture the smoothness of James Bond. The characters are drawn well, and panels flow naturally into each other. The action is well done, and shows off how effective Bond is in a pinch. Also, there’s a great shot of a shark, tearing a guy apart, and it’s glorious. The colors were fine, but in some areas, it seemed the colors were a bit too dark.
James Bond: Hammerhead 2 is a solid issue, but with this being only issue two in the story, I did want more from it. The writing and the art is terrific, but the colors be a bit brighter.
4 Dry Martinis out of 5