Review: Codename: Action #5
Infiltrating the secret island headquarters of the enemy, Operative 1001 and his allies manage to free the prisoners, and it seems that the day has been won. But when he learns the true identity of Dr. Thorpe, he discovers that the threat is much larger in scope than he had ever imagined, and that the danger is far from over.
Codename: Action comes to its conclusion this week with issue #5. The story is written by Chris Roberson and features art by Jonathan Lau. Ivan Nunes provides colors with Marshall Dillon handling lettering. This has been a big retro-spy thriller of a series, but does the end go out with a bang or does this gun misfire?
Operative 1001 has infiltrated the secret island where the world’s best and brightest are being held so their doppelgangers can go about causing WWIII. He has found the holding pens where some heroes/vigilantes and world leaders are being held and has set them loose. Meanwhile Agent 5 and Venus are trying to find 1001 and stop “Dr. Thorpe’s” evil plans. Thorpe is actually the infamous alien adversary of Captain Action called Dr. Evil (this was waaay before that other Dr. Evil). It’s an all-out race to the finish as the heroes try to stop Dr. Evil from launching the missiles and starting WWIII. Can they bring his evil machinations to an end? Evil men bent on world destruction are easy, but how do you deal with an alien?
Roberson writes an astounding finale. This entire series has been a really good pulp-superhero-James Bond movie, but the final issue turns it up to 11. There’s action, adventure, twists, turns, and a finale we probably knew was coming but is no less spectacular. It was a fine line between fast-paced and rushed, but Roberson pulls it off. Codename: Action is the type of story you’d love to see as a kid but the closest you could ever come is acting it out with your toys. Roberson got a lot of great toys and he put on quite the show. The amazingness of Codename: Action is helped in large part to Lau’s spectacular artwork. He really sells the retro vibe this story encapsulates with his sleek designs and character work. His panel layouts are tight and really laser focus in on certain scenes. The blank spaces serve the purpose of elevating the drama and tension in many places. On top of that his background work and scenery is breathtaking. Nunes’ colors are a perfect complement to Lau’s art. It really pops off the page and makes for some incredibly realistic scenery.
Bottom Line: The only negative about Codename: Action #5 is that it’s the final issue. With jetpacks, pulp icons, and super spies, there’s nothing not to love here. I hope this is only the end for now. 5/5