Stirred, Not Shaken.
CrossGen releases Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
#1 This Week...
everything about Sir Charles Basildon screams James Bond and
then amplifies it. Dryly witty under pressure (and almost
always under pressure), a dead shot, and a killer with the
ladies, the biggest difference between him and Ian Fleming's
creation is that he seems to be a real jerk. Oh, he's good
at what he does for Queen and Country, but somehow, he's a
lot less cool than Bond. And yet, he's compelling.
that's the Basildon writer Tony Bedard first gives us in the
following seven-page preview. Set to debut from CrossGen this
week in the much-hyped Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Basildon
isn't really a specific person; it's an identity the British
Secret Service assigns to its top agents.
you're about to see is cruelly swaggering, and yet clearly
deserving of all his arrogance. On Wednesday, sparks will
fly as a much older version has to train a female replacement;
you'll see that that probably doesn't sit well with him.
about the character for a moment.
really counts is that Bedard has created a springboard for
artists Mike Perkins and Andrew Hennessy to soar. Seriously,
these seven pages could easily fit in with the opening sequences
of any Bond movie - except better. Sumptuous art allows us
to suspend our disbelief on the stunt work (okay, so it's
easy to do on the page anyway - but it's laid out so well),
and a telling final panel gives us a character bit that no
CGI Bond can do.
naked women in silhouette and start the cheesy theme song.
If CrossGen can keep the excitement up, they'll have a legitimate
hit on their hands that's more than just a clever riff on
an old theme.
check out the preview art
here, then pick up Kiss Kiss Bang Bang #1 this