LEGION Annual #5
There have been numerous Bond parodies and homages in comics over the years, but honourable mention must go to LEGION Annual #5 – for all the wrong reasons.
All of DC’s 1994 annuals came under the Elseworlds banner (“heroes are taken from their usual settings...” etc), and since there was always an espionage element to the exploits of the Licensed Extra Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network, a Bond pastiche would seem like a no-brainer.
And no brain is certainly required to enjoy this laugh-free mess in which Lobo is reimagined as a crude, tuxedo-clad secret agent, first name James, working at the behest of spymaster Vril Dox. He is assisted by Stealth, who is obliged to wear a – get this – bulletproof bikini. Thudding script from Tom Peyer, shoddy art from Mike McKone – this one’s a Double-0 dud.