I've said this in other articles, but I've really been enjoying the new James Bond comics from Dynamite. And as I'm looking for trades to give as gifts, the hardback edition of James Bond: Vargr quickly climbs to the top of the list.
The hard to pronounce Vargr is an old East Norse word meaning: wolf, evildoer, destroyer. Leave it to Warren Ellis to pull an old Norse word for a title. The story starts of with a revenge trip to Helsinki before Bond returns to take over a mission for a fallen OO agent. The mission takes him to Berlin in what appears to be about breaking up a drug-trafficking ring. But things are far bigger and more sinister than that and Bond ends up stuck in the middle.
The series is supposed to be based on the Ian Fleming novels and not the films. Having read a few of the original novels, Ellis does a masterful job following in Felming's style while using the advantages of the comic medium. Jason Masters art works very well and has a nice cinematic quality to it. Is an extremely well put together trade that includes a cover gallery and some character sketches.
This would be a good gift for fans of the James Bond films, especially the early ones with Sean Connery. Its filled with all the things that make a good Bond story: danger, explosions, fast cars, beautiful women. But it is also a draw for fans of crime / espionage stories or fans of Warren Ellis.
Dynamite is doing a great job with the James Bond franchise, it's a must for anyone who likes their adventures shaken, not stirred.