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Silverfin Hardcover – May 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423130227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423130222
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #682,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining Comic Book June 24 2010
By Enrique Trevino - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Silverfin is an adaptation of a book of the same name about a young James Bond. In the story, James Bond is the orphaned nephew of a great spy. He goes to vacation to the hills and discovers something weird going on in a nearby castle. He teams up with a cool kid to figure out the mystery behind the castle.

I think the art in the comic is very well done. The story is easy to follow without needing much dialogue and it services the story exceptionally. The story is quite simple and not that interesting, however it is entertaining and definitely good for young readers.

A good but not great comic book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Apparently, spies are born, not made May 18 2012
By Babytoxie - Published on
Format: Paperback
SILVERFIN: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL is Charlie Higson's adaptation of his first "Young James Bond" adventure novel in comic format. Those novels supposedly tell tales of James Bond in his formative years, long before he became a secret agent. It sounded like a fun idea that was made to pull in new, younger readers; however, from what I've seen in this graphic novel, I no longer have that impression. Instead, it seems to be geared towards older fans of Ian Fleming's original novels or of the movies, but I can't see much appeal from that angle, either.

The plot involves young Bond reporting for his first year at Eton College, running afoul of a fellow student and his mysterious father, and investigating the goings-on at an old Scottish castle. Fair enough... it wouldn't be Bond without some degree of mystery, right? But instead of trying to provide readers with some original adventures or insights into Bond's youth, Higson gets lazy and falls back on the standard tropes associated with the adult Bond: the death-defying action, the beautiful woman with the quirky name, and most unbelievable of all, the megalomaniacal villain and his weird henchmen. Yep, all this happens to a boy of thirteen or so. In addition, there are groan-inducing nods to his future 00-number and his eventual smoking and drinking habits, along with his uncle, a former spy, telling him "don't go into the spy business". *WINK WINK* In a way, Higson seems intent on diminishing the signature characteristics of Fleming's novels - am I supposed to believe that James Bond was predestined to be a spy? That he's so good at it because he's been doing the same old thing since his early teens? Add to this a lot of laughable coincidences and forced conflict, and the result is a clumsy story that reads more like fan fiction.

The only highlight of this book is Kev Walker's art. It's slightly cartoony, but it's so slick and detailed that it kicks the rating up from one star. It's just a shame that Walker's work had to be used on such an unsatisfying story. If I were rating this book on the art alone, it'd get five stars.
pretty good March 3 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was pretty good. All I can say is that the JAMES bond books are way better. theres really good graphics and its easy to read.{my opinion}
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SILVERFIN - A Pretty Good Graphic Novel ! Feb. 3 2010
By Yousef Al-M - Published on
Format: Paperback
First of all this is a great story of the young James Bond and how got into the spying thing and I love. But the only disappointing thing about this book is its short but the story is very well said and the story is basically young James Bond visits his uncle and his uncle confesses to James that he used to be a spy, and he warns James about the dangers of being a spy. Also young James meets a friend who's called Red, and there in search of Red's missing brother