James Bond: Hammerhead team of Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida are joining up again to take the British Super-Spy out for a run in the new series Kill Chain. When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally – the CIA!
Writer Andy Diggle says,
I'm thrilled to be assigning James Bond his next mission. His exploits have been an inspiration from my earliest years, and Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. have proved to be the perfect creative partners.
Regarding the context of the new series, Diggle says,
The decision to update the stoic Bond of Ian Fleming's original novels from the moral certainties of the 1950s to our shifting, complex, present-day world was inspired – and inspiring. We live in treacherous times, and James Bond is the hero we need to navigate them. I have many more stories to tell, and I'm having the time of my life telling them. Working with Luca Casalanguida on James Bond: Hammerhead was one of the most creatively satisfying and enjoyable collaborations of my career, and his art for Kill Chain raises the bar even higher. Greg Smallwood's stunning covers perfectly capture the blend of suave and brutality that has made Bond one of the century's most enduring icons. Ably backed up by Chris Blythe on colors and Simon Bowland on lettering, we have the perfect tight-knit team to continue bringing you the exploits of the world's greatest secret agent.
The debut issue of James Bond: Kill Chain features cover artwork by Greg Smallwood (Archie, Moon Knight), interior artist Luca Casalanguida's, and Juan Doe (Guardians of the Galaxy) respectively. James Bond: Kill Chain #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in July.