The property, of course, is one of the most beloved and storied in American cinema, and while the movies certainly inform anybody’s take on Bond nowadays, it’s worth remembering that the character starred in a series of novels which serve as the source material for both the films and the comics.
“I grew up during the heyday of Roger Moore’s Bond, so the movies left a huge impact on me as a kid,” Pak admitted. “But as an adult, I’ve been reading the novels, which are the original source material for the comics, so in my current writing, the prose is very much in my head.”
Pak, of course, is no stranger to telling stories that come with a lot of baggage and expectations. He has done years’ worth of work on characters like Superman and the Incredible Hulk — and even his oddball Code Monkey Save World graphic novel was based on characters created by musician Jonathan Coulton in his music. Even Pak can see, though, that Bond is a little different.
“I had a bit of a revelation when I actually started writing the book when I realized how much of what makes Bond so fun has permeated action adventure storytelling,” Pak said. “This glorious combo of sci fi and spy thriller, the dry humor, the emphasis on a cool professional doing the impossible, the joy of mind-blowing action set pieces… all of that has a ton in common with a lot of the superhero books I’ve written over the years. But writing a Bond book is a special, refreshing challenge because he’s not a superhero. He doesn’t have superpowers and neither do his opponents. So especially in comics form, there’s a great challenge to make the action visceral and real and visually thrilling even without costumes and powers. The trick is to find brilliant artists like Marc Laming who can draw folks in real-world clothes and make them as exciting as any superhero while keeping everything utterly real.”