The Illegitimates #1 (IDW)

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Rating: 3.5/5 – What if James Bond’s kids had to take over for him?

The high concept of this series is that a super-spy and international man of mystery has been globe-trotting on missions of the British government since 1962 and bedding a host of gorgeous women sans condoms the entire time.  Sound familiar?  It is not James Bond, but instead Jack Steele, and some of those women got pregnant and subsequently had illegitimate children who now carry Steele’s genes.

Not a completely original story idea, but it’s riffing on an aspect of Bond that they’d never carry out to its logical conclusion in the Bond franchise, so what the heck, let’s see what Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killan and veteran writer Marc Andreyko can do with the idea here.  There’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, action, and intrigue to be had complemented by solid art from Kevin Sharpe and Diana Greenhalgh.

The rating of 3.5 starts is because this issue is almost entirely set-up for what will come next: What happens when the illegitimate kids need to take over for dear old Dad?  That’s the main thrust for the series and we really didn’t get any of that in issue #1.  There are lots of ways that this story could go, the idea is sound, now it’s in the hands of Killan/Andreyko to execute on the idea as they carry on is issues 2 and beyond.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – bob@comicspectrum.com
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