Review: Codename: Action #3
Masked crimefighters in America come under attack when new legislation targeting them is passed, while tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union continue to mount. Operator 5 has gone deep undercover, but when things take a turn for the worst, Operative 1001 is the only one who has a chance of rescuing him. Or will 1001 find help in the unlikeliest of places?
Dynamite’s retro spy story, Codename Action, continues this week with the release of its third issue. The story is written by Chris Roberson with art from Jonathan Lau. Ivan Nunes handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. Things have been set up and the story is rolling along now. Does Roberson deliver this month?
Operator 5 has gone missing after helping to avoid an international incident at the United Nations. He has been captured by the group responsible for kidnapping world leaders and replacing them with near perfect doppelgangers. Operator 1001 is left alone on his first mission as a real operative as he has to try and find his new partner. Meanwhile Black Venus has gone rogue and is investigating why the French government has given her such odd orders lately. In America legislation has been passed targeting masked crime fighters, and a mysterious group has circled one of the most famous masks out there. Paths will be crossed and plans will start to be revealed. The world is pushed to the brink of war, but can our various scattered heroes stop the mysterious villains behind the doppelgangers?
Roberson writes a fast-paced and thrilling issue. The final few pieces of who is who and what people are doing have fallen into place and some of our characters are starting to cross paths. We get an idea of just what sort of plan our villains are getting at, and it’s something big. Roberson has found the right recipe for mixing James Bond/spy movie/political thriller with pulp heroes. Lau’s art is solid. His evil lairs and spy cars are stunning and really help sell the retro theme. The backgrounds and scenery are incredibly detailed, but the character work and faces come off a little too slick in a few panels. Nunes’ colors have a warm glow about them, though it is overall very sleek and vibrant to match the settings.
Bottom Line: Codename Action is an incredibly fun book with a fast and thrilling story. Roberson combines spies and pulp heroes with ease. Overall I have to say Roberson struck gold for Dynamite again. 4/5