Spy Island follows super spy Nora Freud (no relation). Her mission? Keep an eye on things. Her problem? The island she’s stationed on 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.
The fourth and final issue of this limited series sees Nora and her sister unite to stop their father (and an army of sandfleas) from destroying the island.
There’s also a scuba-diving corgi, and if that doesn’t entice you to pick up this issue I don’t know what will.
Need to catch up? Check out our reviews for the previous three issues of Spy Island here.
Note: this review contains some plot spoilers!
Spy Island #4 Review
I feel a bit like a broken record at this point, but issue #4 of Spy Island is… still really great.
Once again, I love the way the story incorporates classic “spy stuff” within this strange fantasy world of the Bermuda Triangle. It’s a bit hard to describe, but everything just meshes together perfectly. Of course the sand fleas have been literally bugged with recording equipment this whole time. And the killer mermaids are actually just eco-activists defending their home. And the secret weapon to defeating the bad guy is the Kraken.
In another context all of this would never work together. But on this bizarre island in the Bermuda Triangle, it all makes perfect sense.
Spy Island #4 also continued to use the series’ unique style and approach to humor. From the “mime” recap that opens the story, to the underwater “sign language” showdown at the climax, the series sets itself apart in the best way.
Every new issue of Spy Island feels like a surprise, but the good kind. Every twist and turn feels fun. You don’t see them coming, but after the fact you think, yes, of course. That makes sense.
And I love that the series isn’t afraid to do things just for the hell of it. Does the plot require this scuba-diving corgi? No. Everything could have happened exactly the same without it. But I’m very grateful to have it just the same.
From start to finish, Spy Island managed to maintain genuine spy-thriller intrigue with a balance of offbeat humor and fun sci-fi/fantasy elements. If you’re looking for something quick and entertaining, with just the right mix of drama and comedy, you should definitely give this series a go.
Really, my only complaint about Spy Island is I wish there was more. There’s four issues, but I’d absolutely read a hundred.
The entire Spy Island limited series is available now from Dark Horse.