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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2004) #2
Writer Tony Bedard and artists Mike Perkins and Andrew Hennessy take us back to 1965; the Golden Age of spy dramas as we follow the adventures of the lecherous Sir Charles Basildon and the voluptuous Stephanie Shelly. On a mission for MI6, Her Majesty's Secret Service, Basildon and Shelly have been asked to infiltrate a Siberian prison camp and find Dr. Tannhauser, one of the few Nazi scientists left after World War II who had a clue as to the true capabilities of Lazarus Bale. Bale, an albino criminal mastermind, has an entourage of operatives cloned from the genes of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Hirohito. But his master plan is something much more devious and dangerous. MI6 is desperate to find out what is. Perhaps unfortunately for British Intelligence, their lead agent Basildon is more interested in chasing tail and saving his own skin.
Luckily, the America-raised Shelly is a bit more dedicated and capable (as evidenced by her flashback to her days a schoolgirl in which she tricked a pedophile professor into exposing his secret crimes to the police). It's at Shelley's suggestion that she and Basildon are sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina where Bale has considerable business interests. Searching for a clue as to Bale's true mission, the spy couple only find a piece of rare artwork that leads them to the artist's home: Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands. They arrive just in time on the remote piece of rock to interrupt a meeting Bale is conducting with his criminal lieutenants from around the globe. There's no chance Basildon and Shelly will simply be asked to stay for tea.