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    ‘James Bond 007 #4: VARGR’ keeps up the story arc’s solid momentum as danger heats up

    Everyone knows that Bond survives his missions. He isn’t the sort of character franchises kill off only to resurrect a few months or years down the road. 007 is, essentially, immortal, but without the cheap shock value of ‘deaths’ that will clearly be reversed shortly thereafter by fantastical means. Part of the fun is witnessing how he remains alive despite the odds, with special joy provided in discovering how he flees traps laid out by his enemies. More

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    Double-Oh Comics #009: ‘The Black Ruby Caper’ sees Bond Africa-bound

    The title to this 9th and final story included in Omnibus 004 is a bit of a misnomer. More accurately, it is a collection of a term, name, and colour that together combined make it sound as if Bond will be involved in an adventure with a heist as its focal point, be it as an agitator or protector of whatever is sought after. The caper in question is only fleetingly important and dealt with very early in the story as Bond and Kew successfully retrieve from Herr Rubin’s office a little book with information protected by code language that requires demystification. More

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    ‘The Nevsky Nude’ centres on a rather revealing mystery

    Writer Kim Lawrence makes a strange decision for the latest newspaper strip story by keeping James Bond set firmly on the home front. When prompted to describe what about the 007 brand that attracts its fans, they will be quick to add ‘globe trotting’ to the list of fantastic activities they would love to emulate. As such, having 007 spend an entire adventure in Britain seems counter-productive to expanding on the character’s mythos. From a visual standpoint, Yaroslav Horak is held back from letting his imagination go with exotic flavours, restricted to conveying the English countryside mostly. More

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    ‘Beware of Butterflies’ has more on its mind than just Lepidoptera

    Some astute fans of the James Bond film franchise (as well as those that do not hold it in high regard) will point out that in a plethora of adventures, 007 is frequently sent off by M to investigate one thing, only for an extraordinarily convoluted and lucky series of events leading Bond to handle a completely different sort of threat by the climax. Even in the best of Bond adventures, this is a storytelling technique that is by now long accepted as just the way things are done sometimes. More

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    ‘James Bond 007: VARGR #2’ continues to build decent groundwork for 007’s mission

    It is interesting to note that the second and presumably final issue predominantly concerned with exposition arrives in December. Fans have been given two months to test the waters with the new series, get into the exceptional artwork, see Bond do his thing just a little bit and take in a fair amount of exposition. One gets the underlying sensation that by issue 3, which arrives in early January, things will really start flying…or exploding…or doing whatever crazy things Bond is best known for. Ellis and Masters have our attention. In the New Year it will be time to deliver the goods. More

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    ‘The Girl Machine’ offers big action, big characters, and political relevancy for its era

    The fifth story in Titan Book’s James Bond Omnibus 004 is the real standout thus far a bevy of brilliantly creative reasons. For starters, the above synopsis barely scratches the surface of what transpires throughout this whirlwind, politically relevant (for the time, anyways) action-packed adventure. Whereas the previous story, Die With My Boots On, was too short for its own good, The Girl Machine aims for the opposite, proving to be the longest strip in the book up until this point. More

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    Sound On Sight Podcast 508: Ash vs. Evil Dead and ‘Spectre’

    After a brief hiatus the Sound On Sight podcast is back, with a slightly new format that reflects the wider variety of subject matter to be found here on PopOptiq. This week in our first segment, “What’s in the Box?”, we are joined by one of our resident TV critics, Chris Evangelista, to offer our take on the new […] More

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    ‘Die With My Boots On’ comes close to being great, but its brevity hinders it

    Die With My Boots On is curiously much shorter than the other stories featured in Omnibus volume 004. Whereas most of the adventures last approximately 30 pages, Boots concludes barely 20 pages in. Preliminary research has not disclosed the reasons for this, but whatever the logic behind the decision, it produces a Bond adventure that sorely could have used an extra few pages to flesh out the climax. More

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    VOD: Watch Every Easter Egg & Reference in ‘Spectre’

    In case you didn’t notice, we here at PopOptiq are huge fans of the James Bond franchise. And despite the many problems Spectre has, we somehow managed to publish two very positive reviews of the film. J.R. Kinnard put it best when he wrote, “Whether or not it meets those lofty standards probably depends upon […] More

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