10 best spy comics from James Bond to Black Widow
When most people think of comics these days, they imagine stories of superheroes of heroes in shiny uniforms performing acts of divine bravery. Unfortunately, that means many other genres are being overlooked, and this is especially true for spy comics.
Unlike the spandex-clad protagonists of superhero stories, spies try to blend in and don’t have the luxury of black and white moral code. They often operate in the shadows and rely on lies, deception and even murder to achieve their ends. But spies continue to capture the imagination of readers. Of James bond at Black Widow, these spy comics (and their protagonists) should not be underestimated.
ten Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury is a visually stunning masterpiece
One of the most revolutionary comics of the Silver Age is the Jim Steranko series Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD. Prior to that, Fury had been primarily portrayed as a WWII hero. However, it didn’t take long to transform him into a master spy who used high-tech gadgets (including Life Model decoys) as he infiltrated the criminal world.
Beyond Steranko’s new scripted story direction, his post-modern psychedelic op-art was absolutely breathtaking and was inspired by the zeitgeist of the ’60s. In fact, when artist Neal Adams was left Marvel to work for DC, he presented himself as being able to emulate Steranko’s artistic style (something DC even announced in a desperate attempt to compete with Marvel sales).
9 Grayson is a spy thriller written by a real spy
Dick Grayson has been a lot in his short life: a circus acrobat, a teenage sidekick, a detective, a cop and a superhero. During DC New 52, he takes on another identity: that of a professional spy.
The series Grayson followed him on his adventures by working for the secret agency Spyral. It was a fun comic with lots of high tech gadgets, witty jokes, and great action. One thing that has given the series a bit more realism is that one of the writers, Tom King, is a former CIA agent and worked with fellow writer Tim Seeley to create believable spy stories.
8 Natasha Romanov is burnt in Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s black widow
There are a lot of great comics out there on Black Widow. In 2016, writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee teamed up to make a 12-issue mini-series and it was a work of pure genius!
The comic opened with Natasha Romanoff running full speed through the SHIELD offices as speakers shouted orders for every available agent to stop her immediately. Natasha escaped by jumping out the window. At this point, it was revealed that the offices were located in the SHIELD helicarrier which was flying above the clouds! The series only got better from there, as it was hunted down by every major spy agency in the world and forced to operate without backups, information or resources, working to clear its name and eliminate several enemies. With incredible writing and dynamic, elegant art, this is a must read for Black Widow fans.
7 Black Widow makes new life in the 2020 series
Another great Black Widow comic book worth mentioning is the 2020 series written by Kelly Link with art by Elena Casagrande. At the beginning of the story, Natasha Romanoff was ambushed, then mysteriously disappeared. When her friends finally found her, they found out that she was leading the life of a housewife with a child and a husband, unaware of all she had left behind.
The opening set up a mystery, but also raised questions about what life she might have had and whether she would be happier if she was allowed to maintain this new domestic peace.
6 Queen & Country is a realistic version of MI-6
Queen & Country breaks with the usual tropes of spy thrillers. The genre typically features impressive protagonists who infiltrate enemy bases with sci-fi gadgets and then fight their way through. There are plenty of comics like that. For those who want something more realistic, there is Queen & Country.
To be clear, targeted assassinations, fiery firefights, and high-stakes chases are always front and center. However, this series is equally interested in the messy consequences of geopolitics and the stabbing careerism of office politics. If James Bond were real, this is what his life would be like.
5 Ninjak uses awesome gadgets and martial arts
Spies are usually not very nice people. They have been trained to lie, steal, and do horrible things on behalf of their country (or a private company, in some cases). But they are not indifferent to their actions. Some really struggle with the guilt that comes with what they’ve done. This is why they can be so difficult to write as likable characters.
Ninjak doesn’t try to be nice. He is conceited, condescending and interested. In fact, even though he is independently wealthy, he enlists as an independent mercenary with MI6, rather than serving his country out of a sense of duty. However, he’s still a really compelling character. With cutting edge technology, incredible martial arts skills, and a fearless, fluid demeanor, Ninjak embodies what it means to be cool.
4 Ed Brubaker’s Captain America has functioned as both a superhero and a secret agent
Steve Rogers has spent much of his career working as a spy and agent for the US government (and SHIELD in particular). When writer Ed Brubaker took over writing American captaina in 2004, he perfectly blended superhero action with the spy-fi mysteries of spy stories.
Some classic stories from this period include “The Winter Soldier” and “Red Menace,” both of which have aged much better than many other comics written around the time. This series also marked the return of Bucky Barnes, who ultimately replaced Steve as Captain America, even though he had to deal with his dark past, remembering all the covert operations missions he took on. for its Soviet managers.
3 The original Secret Avengers comic turned superheroes into superspies
There have been a few different Secret avengers comic book series over the years. The first one came out in 2010 and it set the tone for everything to follow.
The initial story involved Captain America working with heroes like Shang-Chi, Black Widow, and War Machine to stop the return of Shang-Chi’s father, even as secrets from Marvel’s past returned to haunt the present. After the first 12 issues, the series began to change, at times featuring intense Lovecraftian horror, other times tackling high-concept sci-fi and a few times delving heavily into classic kung fu tropes. However, the goal always remained the same: the heroes had to work under cover to neutralize the threats they faced.
2 James Bond’s 2015 series brings Fleming 007 into the modern world
When Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights to James bond, they worked directly with Ian Fleming Publications to create a tale that Fleming (who created Bond) would approve of.
The first two stories, which were written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Jason Masters, perfectly capture the arrogance of the spy sipping a martini, his cool sense of style, and his deadly skill in a fight. Even though they are far removed from the Cold War framework, they nonetheless look like something straight out of Fleming’s novels.
1 Spy Vs Spy is a hilarious black and white classic
One of the classic spy comics of all time is Crazy magazinelong-standing feature of, Spy vs. Spy. The Tape is a silent black and white comedy about two rival secret agents named Black Spy and White Spy.
Each character tries to kill the other with exaggerated cartoonish schemes, and those plans are usually foiled with an unexpected twist (or double twist). Spy vs. Spy was created by Antonio Prohias in 1961 and has since been adapted into two video games, has been featured in television commercials and has become an Americana classic.
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