Now Reading: Lens, Triassic Field, James Bond

With not many new reading options, I have resorted to reading some previous releases with just the one current release this week.

LENS

Currently being released in six parts on Twitter, Lens follows an award-winning photojournalists on her missions…which just happen to coincide with a lot of high-priced assassinations. Interesting premise but what makes the whole thing work for me is the design which leans into the photojournalist concept and the “Lens” title. This story gives us some background on the title character but there is plenty more meat on the bone if the creative team decide to go back to it. I think this is Gary Maloney’s best work so you can guess my stance on this. Some great art and design from Raquel Kusiak.

TRIASSIC FIELD

What do you get when you set a sci-fi concept in a farmhouse in Meath? Welcome to Triassic Field! Definitely not infringing on any copyrighted material, Leeann Hamilton parodies a well known dinosaur park and lets us see what would happen if it was run in a field in Ireland. I very much get the humour of this and it nails so many everyday issues that people in a service roll experience. This is one of my favourite things that Leeann Hamilton had done and makes me smile when I read it. Throw money at her here.

JAMES BOND: REFLECTIONS OF DEATH

I’ve been in somewhat of a James Bond mood recently and, while trying to decide what to read for this week’s post, remembered that Eoin Marron (with Dearbhla Kelly on colours) did a Bond story with one of my favourite writers Gail Simone. The story is called “One Pistol, Three Silencers” and was featured in a 2020 hardcover collection called “Reflections of Death”. Eoin’s art really suits the spy game as he always shows great character work. I like how Dearbhla Kelly’s colours work with his art too. This one is a personal story and is an aspect of Bond I had seen visited before (my Bond knowledge stops at the movies). Kinda works to Eoin’s strengths in that regard.

In somewhat of a bonus scenario, the collection also features art by Robert Carey (ironically enough in the next story in the collection “Men Without A Country”). Rob’s art suits the spy stuff in a different way as he is able to add his gritty realism to the story. The story was written by Mark Russell. Another personal one but from more of a spy angle and shows Bond’s intelligence (no pun intended). Even grittier than a Daniel Craig or Timothy Dalton Bond (your mileage may very).