Posted September 20, 2013 by Toby Alejandria in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Codename Action #1

Never has espionage been so intense, intriguing, and bitin at the same time. As a first of six-issues, Dynamite Entertainment brings us spies, superheroes, and…dopplegangers?

Written by Chris Roberson, “Codename Action” is:

“During the height of the Cold War, unknown forces scheme to heat up a global conflict. As key officials on both sides of the Iron Curtain are replaced with doppelgangers, the infiltration threatens to disrupt the precarious state of world affairs. The security of the Free World depends on a young secret agent, one assigned to shape the world’s masked heroes into a force with singular purpose and unyielding resolve!”

PROS: First of all, the writing’s tight. Despite three separate arcs present in this issue (with Operative 5 and 1001’s arc standing out, obviously), you’d wish this was a graphic novel instead of a single issue because you’d be clamoring for what’s going to happen next. Also, it’s nice to know you’d be treated to an “old-versus-new” type of conflict because of the two operatives’ preferences and methodologies.

There are some panels wherein 5 looks like the Sean Connery bond, by the way. That brings us to Jonathan Lau – that guy’s sick! The sequences looked packed, like you’re on the jet or the speedster in the flesh.

With heroes having doppelgangers, you really want to find out what’s next, man.

CONS: It’s an invalid argument – bitin!

RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Doppelgangers

Get your copy of Codename Action #1 from Comic Odyssey now!




Toby Alejandria