A year after Dynamite’s James Bond series launched in record numbers, the publisher announces that Benjamin Percy – author of DC’s Rebirth: Green Arrow and Teen Titans, as well as the acclaimed novels Red Moon, The Wilding, and more – will be taking the reins of an all-new 007 ongoing series in 2017!
In 2014, Dynamite Entertainment made headlines across the comics industry and beyond with the news that the New Jersey publisher had secured the license from Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to produce the first James Bond comics in 20 years. The first series, written by Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis, launched the following year to widespread critical acclaim, and was a breakout success in the comics specialty market.
Benjamin Percy says, “When I was a kid, my father and I would watch — over and over again — the Bond marathons on TBS. When I was in high school, I took a career test and wrote ‘spy’ as my dream job. When I was in college, I signed up for an espionage novel course and fell in love with Fleming’s books. The first drink I ordered was a vodka martini — shaken, not stirred — though I now stay true to the novels and favor bourbon. And over the past few months, I’ve followed the Warren Ellis run at Dynamite with admiration and jealousy. Bond is ingrained in me, a character who has centrally influenced my life and sense of story. I love the legendary, exquisitely cool 007 franchise and I couldn’t be more excited to thrill readers with exotic locales, nifty gadgets, colorful villains, dangerous seductions, and wildly orchestrated action set-pieces. Cue the theme music.”
“Ben Percy is an immense talent, one of the great thriller writers of this decade, and I can’t wait to see him write the future assignments of 007,” says current James Bond writer and comics legend, Warren Ellis.
“As we continue to expand our James Bond publishing program with miniseries and graphic novels, the stakes were high for choosing the next architect for our ongoing series,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher Nick Barrucci. “Benjamin Percy’s name was at the top of our list, and to be able to follow up Warren’s incredible inaugural run with a writer of his caliber, who can make the series his own, is the best of all worlds!”
“Ben’s got what it takes to follow in Warren’s massive footsteps, and we think fans are going to love what he has planned,” says Dynamite Editorial Director, Joseph Rybandt. “By creating a new series for Ben, we’re also opening up the door for anyone that hasn’t yet checked out our Bond comics.”
Benjamin Percy is a novelist, screenwriter and comics writer. He is the author of four novels — The Dark Net, The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding — as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and his fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he was a contributing editor for ten years), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, and The Paris Review. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. His novel Red Moon is currently in development as a TV series at FOX.
Look for news on Benjamin Percy’s 007 debut in the coming months. In the meantime, fans can enjoy the new James Bond: Hammerhead miniseries from Andy Diggle, beginning in November.
Ben Percy Photo by Arnab Chakladar.