The GeeksverseCold War #1

Cold War #1
Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: John Byrne
Art by: John Byrne
Colored: Ronda Pattison
Lettered: Neil Uyetake
Cover Art: John Byrne
Editor: Chris Ryall

I’ll say upfront that I have never been a huge John Byrne fan. I appreciate and respect all that he’s done for the industry but his work has just never been something that I’ve really gotten into.

That being said, I really enjoyed Cold War. I’ve always liked spy comics and this one hits all the marks for one. There’s alot of similarities between Michael Swann and James Bond. Both are dashing superspies that work for the British government, both are hits with the ladies. And both have a disregard for authority. So yes, in many ways it can be said that Cold War is a copy of James Bond.

And honestly I didn’t find much that made it different. But that doesn’t make it a bad comic. Not at all.

Byrne takes those similarities and plays them up. Swann hits on every lady he comes across. The nurse knows that he’s okay to be discharged from the hospital because well… let’s just say that she gave him a complete physical. Swann’s handler sends his assistant to give Swann the briefings and well… she does more then briefs him.

Swann does have a bit of a harder edge to him then Bond. Where Bond is more suave, it seems Swann is more forceful.

Byrne’s story is interesting, especially the opening sequance. The first half of the book is all silent. As this was a review copy I was reading, I had to skip ahead to make sure my copy wasn’t missing the word balloons, but they pick up in the second half of the book. The end result of the silent sequance is a fast paced story of Swann escaping the Germans and completing his mission. The lack of even sound effects gives it an edge of your seat feel. It’s a thriller of an opening.

The story jumps around a bit in time and ends with Swann’s revised status quo and setting up the first mission. Once on the mission, Byrne does a good job of throwing around enough clues that we start to get an idea of what is going on, but there are enough bits that the obvious conclusion doesn’t seem like it will end up working. Byrne, with just a few sentences, throws some curveballs that create a deeper story.

The art is standard Byrne. If you’re a fan, then you’ll enjoy it. If you’re not, then you won’t. There’s nothing here that will change the opinion either way. Byrne’s strengths are apparent. I did enjoy the briefing page, that was well laid out.

Cold War #1 receives
4 out of 5

Fans of James Bond will really enjoy this comic.

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