Script, Art, and Letters: Matt Kindt
Colorist: Sharlene Kindt
Designers: Patrick Satterfield and Matt Kindt
Digital Art Technician: Allyson Haller
Editor: Daniel Chabon
Assistant Editors: Chuck Howitt-Lease and Misha Gehr
Thanks to Dark Horse for the review copy!
Spy Superb takes the James Bond paradigm and turns it on its head. Instead of a suave agent, we get Jay, a blowhard aspiring writer who doesn’t even know he is an agent. The first issue does a great job setting up the premise and introducing the main character. On top of that, it’s hilarious. Aside from what turns out to be a clever premise, most of the humor comes from the clueless main character’s dialogue. Clearly writer Matt Kindt (Sweet Tooth, Mind MGMT) has had one too many conversations with people working on the great American novel (he’s much too good of a writer to be channeling himself).
The art is consistent with Kindt’s other work, with muted colors and somewhat shaky lines. Kindt deserves praise for the design of Jay, who is just doughy enough to sell the concept of the book. The art also does a brilliant job of sliding in some subtle irony (a tip jar in the foreground of a panel is perfect juxtaposition to the dialogue on the page). In addition, there is just enough Inspector Gadget style physical comedy to put a nice bow on the package.
Spy Superb starts out with a great premise, which puts a wholly original twist on the spy genre. If you like James Bond or Mission Impossible, you will appreciate what this issue has to say.
Spy Superb #1 is now out.
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