Title: Spy Island #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Chelsea Cain
Art: Elise McCall
Published: September 2, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Super spy Nora Freud (no relation) has a plum assignment. She’s stationed on a tropical island. Her mission? Keep an eye on things. Her problem? The island is on the lip of the Bermuda Triangle, where anything can happen. Her other problem? This particular island is a den of intrigue, populated by spies, tourists, and evil villains set on global domination. Spy Island is a four-issue special limited series by the creative team that brought you Man-Eaters. New comics series from New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Cain!”
Spy Island is exactly what it sounds like, it is hidden in the middle of The Bermuda Triangle, and its existence definitely raises more questions than it answers. For example: Who knew that the largest bane to anybody in the spy game was the endless fundraisers? Clearly, the opportunity to get drunk idiots to spill secrets was always there, but these parties are boring, predictable, and frustrating.
Enough is enough. Our hero, the consummate assassin Nora Freud is sick of it. It doesn’t help that a James Bond wannabe keeps making passes at her, although he can be a pleasant diversion, and at least in The Bermuda Triangle there are alien relics, sentient sand, dimensional whirlpools, and mermaids that have a charity dedicated to their preservation. Spy Island is a hilarious treat with a fair sprinkling of murderous mayhem.
Chelsea Cain’s writing is as audacious as it is entertaining. Every eye that needs poking is done with gusto and with a charming wry humor. Not quite as provocative as I had hoped, but still very good.
The Bottom Line
Spy Island is like nothing I have ever seen. This wry send up of the superspy genre is wholly humorous and intriguing with just enough snark to give it some bite.