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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A great #$%^ed up blend of James Bond and Tintin.--Keanu Reeves

From New York Times bestselling Mind MGMT creator MATT KINDT and Quantum Age's WILFREDO TORRES comes a brand-new pulp-inspired tale of action, mystery, and altered reality.

A best-of the-best secret agent with memories he couldn't possibly possess, a mystery writer in her 80s who spends her retirement solving c
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Dark Horse Books
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Jordan West
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2021
Fun enough, and enjoyed the PKD character, but overall my main takeaway is the same as with the Divinity saga; that this has been done before, and better - chiefly by Grant Morrison, in this case.
Alexander Peterhans
Kindt takes a handful of heroes from different pulp genres and has them slowly become aware of their own artifice. So we have a James Bond knock-off, a John McClane copy with chemical extras, a bionic woman/Batwoman type, and basically a feistier Asian-American she-Poirot. There's a terrorist group, Goldmaze, who think the world as we know it is fake, and want to prove it by basically destroying it. And there is a Philip K. Dick-inspired novelist who seems to have created these heroes and Goldma ...more
Chad
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Four action heroes become aware of something larger going on with a science fiction writer. The book ends just as it feels it's getting started. It doesn't give you any of the answers you want to see. The story could have potential if there's more, but I wouldn't recommend reading this until there is. ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bang! Is Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres’ version of a comic series that brings a bunch of different superheroes together, like Marvel, X-Men, but maybe more like League of Gentlemen by Alan Moore or Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer, with more of a pulpy sense of humor and a dose of irony. And I like it, but then, I like Matt Kindt, all his tales of psychological and psychic espionage.

What distinguishes it from others using a Let’s Get the Gang Together and Save the World trope is a meta-fictional dim
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Rod Brown
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
A thin and tepid pastiche/metafiction stew wherein Matt Kindt explains the changing faces of James Bond, and then teams him up with John McClane from Die Hard, a woman driving KITT from Knight Rider, and an Asian variation on Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote. It's a 1980s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- which Kindt cites as an influence along with the more recent Black Hammer in his afterword/interview -- with the all '80s cheese you can stomach. ...more
Kyle Dinges
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I liked the idea of this but it was weirdly unfocused. There's a few different things Kindt is trying to do and it's all jammed in a 5-issue series. It might have worked better had the first 4 issues not been, in their entirety, what amounted to a "getting the gang together" sequence from a heist movie. That left Kindt to jam all of the plot developments in the final 20 pages. It was somehow 80% way too expansive and then the final 20% was way too compressed. I like Torres' art. It didn't bring ...more
Jake
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of the pulpy stuff; especially if they can explore what makes them tick. Bang is equal parts anthology and equal parts League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for popular spy fiction. I mean this uses the idea of Idris Elba being James Bond. Throw in alternate Jason Bourne, Inspector Morse, even Wilton Knight and KITT and you get something that people can only dream of happening.

All of which revolves around a conspiracy theory about the world not being real. All because events that happen h
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April Gray
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was fun, and I really enjoyed it. The meta flows pretty strongly through this, which amused the hell out of me, and the story was so pulpy and wild- what if Philip K. Dick had written James Bond, John McClane, a female version of Iron Man, and a French-Korean Miss Marple/Jessica Fletcher hybrid? You'd get Bang!, that's what. Throw in an evil organization, Goldmaze, out to destroy the world for reasons that are not clear, and you've got yourself an "I know some kids, got a barn, let's put on ...more
KaitLphere
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
The cast of characters is very unique. I would love to read a longer series that shows us more of their stories before and after the events of this book. I didn't follow the motivations of the villain, but got the sense that perhaps he was a chaos agent more than a logically motivated character. ...more
Pop Bop
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
An Alt-Reality, Meta, Action Pulp Comic Homage

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD: The blurbs, reviews, and comments on this book are enthusiastic, but don't really give you much of an idea of what you're actually going to read. I enjoyed this a good deal and want potential readers to consider giving it a try. What follows is vague enough to not spoil things, but offers a taste of what's on offer.

This is James Bondian in the sense that it involves, in part, a Bond style secret agent. There are some sly referenc
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Adam Stone
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite tropes in comic books is Getting The Gang Together, when a group of heroes who may or may not have a shared history must decide whether or not to team up and become The Avengers or The Justice League, or Planetary, or the BPRD. Often, the gathering of the team can end up being more exciting than the adventures the team has once assembled.

In this book, a group of tropey heroes (an espionage agent, a generic action star, the secret genius action star, the Agatha Christie detecti
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Brandon
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ircb-2021
There's this fan theory floating around the internet that "James Bond" isn't a real person. Agent 007 is given the codename "James Bond". In this way, all the James Bond films happened exactly as they were portrayed- different actors? Those are actually different people! James Bond was alive in the 60s, and the 70s, and the 80s, always young because the agents assuming the identity "James Bond" were fresh and young. This all goes out the window when Daniel Craig is cast and they start giving Bon ...more
Simon
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
I can see how one could enjoy the concept and plot of Bang! It's a nice little twist on the tale of James Bond and, coincidentally, a bunch of other well-known characters. But what a chore it is to actually get to the story. The first issue introduces us to our main hero, then has him go through an adventure before it is revealed to him that, surprise, his whole identity is a sham and he's just a puppet. Alright, this is where the adventure begins...
Except it doesn't, because we get the same pre
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Adam M
This was pretty great writing from Matt Kindtand really great art from Wilfredo Torres. A bunch of mystery/action movie/book tropes are here in a "getting the team together" story. There is a mysterious villainous organization and a story teller (who is supposed to be a Philip K Dick knock off) who ties it all together. - I'm glad Kindt didn't do the art for this one, he has sketches in the back and his version of this would have turned me off. Torres on the other hand was masterful in this type ...more
Asha McKay
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
So I picked this up knowing that I love Kindt’s artwork and graphic novels. I really didn’t get all the references that everyone keeps mentioning in their reviews, I just liked the story line because it was both familiar and fresh. Each character - spy, muscle, doctor, detective, academic - is reminiscent of typical stereotypes throughout pop culture, but they all have a new little twists to make them more complex. Each character more or less has their own story within the volume, and they all g ...more
Jason Ashmore
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another book I read for the IRCB 2021 challenge. Moves this up in the list as I wanted to read fear case a recent comic by the same author and I heard there was at least an Easter egg of a connection between the two. This book features a team up of popular hero type twisted and pushed just shy of parody. We have a James Bond type character and a John McClain\Die Hard type even some Knight Rider thrown in for good measure. Sounds crazy but it works in a fun way. Add in a doomsday cult and a sci-f ...more
Bill Coffin
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
There's a lot to like in this weird story of a series of pulp novels that tell the future, and the team of super-operatives who are assembled by the books' author to prevent the future he has already foreseen. The problem is, the first volume is all setup with a rushed finale that just doesn't sit right. Also? In an age where so many graphic novels feel like an elaborate series pitch to Netflix, it would have been nice if one of the characters wasn't visually modeled after John McClane (some of ...more
Zenik
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-recommend
Alternate universe versions of James Bond, John McClane, Michael Knight and Jessica Fletcher team up to fight global crime. A mélange of tropes, historical fictional characters, and literary theories slam face-first into a hell of a good time. Not going to lie, a lot of the fun came from me being a giant dork and going 'oh I recognized that reference', but behind that is actually a solid world-spanning pulp action-mystery story.

Also the main unkillable is named Frederick Jason Michael, and wears
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Greg Trosclair
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of the mantra from the tv show Friday Night Lights,“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose”, good writing, good art, can't lose. This is solid effort from Matt Kindy and Wilfredo Torres. I have literally no complaints. I love all the little nods to the various characters that Kindt highlights in the crazy spy story that thoroughly pushes the fourth wall. This was a lot of fun to read. ...more
John
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's been some deconstructive and meta-takes on James Bond the past few years (Kingsman, Zero, etc.). This is Kindt doing his love letters to spy fiction like Jeff Lemire is doing to superheroes with Blackhammer.

And in many ways, this feels like a culmination of Kindt's themes and projects. Pistol Whip, Super Spy, Mind MGMT, Ether, Department H, Revolver, and his Valiant Work.
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Tom
I think I would like this arc more if:
1) I hadn't read (view spoiler) (more than once) already.
2) If volume 2 was available to get a better handle on the story.

Still, it's a getting the band together story with a few surprising twists. I'd be interested to see what unfolds in vol. 2.
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Travis Duke
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Solid spy thriller beginning. I liked all the characters and the backstory is pretty good. I can't help feel this is a little predictable at this point but vol.2 will be a make or break for me. Still worth checking out for sure ...more
Erica
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would; mostly for the characters and their backstories rather than the main plot. But I was wondering the whole time...why does John Shaw look EXACTLY like young Bruce Willis? (Not that I'm complaining) ...more
Andrew
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
This was...fine..?
Kindt is a sort of one-note writer, where everything relies on a secret and hidden agenda by some ultimately faceless person/group, and that is the only thing that drives the plot.
Tried this because I was told it was his best book to date, but unimpressed.
Kaiulani
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
No one does psychological espionage like Kindt.
Patrick
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
3.5 Stars
Jason
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2021
An enjoyable meta mashup of detective, spy, and action tropes (think McClane, Bond, Knight Rider, and Poirot/Marple) all knitted together by a sci-fi writer who has already written their stories.
Artur Nowrot
Mar 13, 2021 added it
Shelves: comics
A blend of pulpy thrills and psychedelic meta-fiction? I was ready to love this, but it was too repetitive and the ending gestured at some intriguing ideas, but didn't amount to much of anything. ...more
Charlotte Cassidy
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really cool concept. Lot's of layers with cool characters. A book about a book which is also the book you're reading :p
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Elwyn
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good use of trope characters in a unique context.

I enjoyed this but it did feel like a lot of fun background stuff before the main plot's middle starts in chapter 5.
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