Grainne McEntee returns to writing duties and just like the previous two issues the story loosely follows the plot from a previous Bond film. This sees Bubbles in pursuit of information about a Gorilla he wants to get his hands on and while there is a driving force behind each episode there’s also the over-arching story about Bubbles and the whole program to bring super-smart animals into the world of espionage.
These two stories are well-balanced though and the main story of each issue is given centre-stage while we’re almost drip-fed details about the bigger plot that’s bubbling away around Bubbles. The humour is there, the set-pieces are there and there’s a sliver of innuendo that keeps this feeling like a very British homage of a very British institution like James Bond.
Art duties falls to Mike Hartigan this time around and while it feels a bit more cartoony and definitely very different from those first two issues it all works by making it feel like it did when a new actor plays James Bond himself. Matt Rooke does a solid job on colours and keeps in-line with the style of this third book and Mike Stock returns to lettering duties. The one minor downside this time around seems to be that this issue feels a bit more word heavy than the previous two and while they managed to keep momentum going for those it feels like the flow was disrupted a bit more. That being said its still a strong issue from a series that set out it’s direction early on and is holding to that exceptionally well. Kudos to Dean Beattie on that cover too.