REVIEW CORNER: Simon N Kirby: The Agent # 7

by Francis Garbut

Simon N Kirby: The Agent # 7 (2023)
Writer: Rik Offenberger
Artist: Gilbert Monsanto
Letterer: Eric N. Bennett
“Dossier: Sgt. Flag”
Writer: Rik Offenberger
Artist: Mel Ford
Letterer: Eric N. Bennett
This week I’ll look at Simon N Kirby: The Agent #7 from G-Man Comics. This issue features The Agent and Sgt. Flag has to deal with the new director of The G-Men, but let’s say that he’s not off to a great start in getting the team to like him. The G-Men get a call to take down The Boo Crew (More background on them later) as they are holding up a local bank. The team sprints into action and gets the job done but the tension between the group’s new director and The Agent/Sgt. Flag comes back into play.

Rik Offenberger once again delivers a fast-paced script with the most invigoration dialogue I’ve read in a comic. His love for these characters is evident in the way he presents them in his writing as heroes who have a deep understanding of seeing justice get done. At the same time, they will never succumb to anything that they feel is corrupt, which I enjoy about them. The Boo Crew looks like a great premise thanks in part to Offenberger’s creativity (He was inspired by the General Mills cereal characters. How cool is that!); Gilbert Monsanto’s art looks great as usual, but I still feel like he could benefit from an inker that could help in smoothing out the rough areas of Monsanto’s pencils; Besides that, his breakdowns succeed in bringing these characters to life (His portrayal of The Agent has that unique John Byrne flair to it that looks absolutely amazing)

Although Offenberger is setting up the inevitable showdown between The Agent & Sgt. Flag and Infantino’s replacement which is sure to be explosive, Simon N Kirby: The Agent continues to be the shining star of G-Man Comics that only gets better thanks to the efforts of the creative team, who happens to love comic books more than their core audience…..not that’s there’s anything wrong with that.

Oh yeah, I also love Joshua 1:9 Holley’s cover of this issue. Paying homage to the 2014 Captain Canuck Summer Special # 1

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around. I will see you all next time.