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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2004) #1
Premiere issue. Written by Tony Bedard and drawn by Mike Perkins and Andrew Hennessy. Fans of Ian Fleming's most famous super-spy James Bond 007 will love this new series from CrossGen. In the turbulent '60s at the start of the Viet Nam War, the most dangerous weapon possessed by British intelligence branch MI-6 was Charles Basildon, or rather the most recent operative to bear that name. Just like his predecessors, the current Basildon is a master espionage agent but unlike those before him, this spy is reckless and savage, perhaps to a fault. Willing to sacrifice lives, including those of his partners, in his dogged pursuit of the mission, Basildon is considered a loose cannon but one the Crown can ill afford to be without.
In an attempt to rein in Basildon's brash behavior, MI-6 teams him with the lovely American agent Stephanie Shelley. Having never met before, the pair are to exchange code words at a masquerade ball at the Swiss Embassy in London. When Stephanie tries in vain to locate Basildon at the party, she finally leaves in exasperation with a smooth-talking and handsome stranger. Waking in his bed, she soon realizes this charming Romeo has been Basildon all along. Embarrassed and infuriated, Stephanie has no choice but keep her mouth shut about the affair as they are given their first assignment. A dangerous international criminal named Lazarus Bale has cloned Hitler, Mussolini, Emperor Hirohito and Stalin and sent them to Siberia as assassins. What is Bale's bizarre and murderous master plan?