Silverfin Hardcover – May 2010
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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.
Now I had no knowledge of the "Young James Bond" novels so this was new to me, but I thought the idea of stories of James Bond "the informative years" seem to be one that hasnt really been tackled yet. This graphic novel has a pretty good story that keeps right along with the James Bond narrative that Ian Fleming's novels & EON Productions movies have culminated up to this point. The artwork was crisp and lends itself quite nicely to the story. We see Bond at his Eaton school and the trials & tribulations he has to deal with there.
All in all I was quite surprised by how much I liked it. So much so, I kept the book for my collection and have since read it 4-5 times. Its a good read if you have 45-60 mins to kill.
I honestly dont know why it didnt do better then it did. I would love to have more GN's in this series.
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.