8:04am PT by Graeme McMillan
'James Bond 007' Comic Series Gets Writer
Last year, indie publisher Dynamite Entertainment announced that it had gained the comic book rights to James Bond, and ahead of this week's San Diego Comic-Con, it has revealed the writer for the new series: Warren Ellis.
Ellis, whose career has included stints at DC and Marvel, and critically acclaimed series including Transmetropolitan, Nextwave and Planetary in addition to the novels Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein, will be the lead writer for the series, currently scheduled to launch later this year. Jason Masters will provide artwork.
In a statement, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Nick Barrucci called Ellis "one of the most brilliant writers of the 21st century," and added, "He really is the perfect writer for Bond, and I can't express how excited we are that Warren is tackling the ongoing series. This will be James Bond unlike anything you've ever seen before, true to Ian Fleming's source material yet bursting all preconceptions of what a Bond story should be."
The first six issue arc of the series will be titled "VARGR," and feature the return of a young Bond to London after a mission in Helsinki, only to inherit a mission left incomplete after the death of a fellow agent.
James Bond 007 will launch in comic book stores and digitally in November.