On the Literary Perfect Dark

When Microsoft’s XBox 360 launches this fall, the expectation is that the system’s must-have game will be Perfect Dark Zero, the prequel to the best-selling first-person shooter Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64.

But wait! some fanboys are saying. Isn’t there already a prequel to Perfect Dark? Wasn’t it called GoldenEye, since Perfect Dark was a sequel of sorts to the James Bond game?

Well, yes and no. Other than play style and the appearance of some characters in the multiplayer maps, there’s not a lot to connect GoldenEye to Perfect Dark. So, Perfect Dark is a sequel in spirit if not in story. And Perfect Dark Zero will, from what I understand, show us how Joanna Dark, the protagonist in Perfect Dark, became involved in a lethal brand of industrial espionage.

Turns out there’s going to be a novel as well — Perfect Dark: Initial Vector, written by Greg Rucka, mystery and Batman writer. I’m curious about Initial Vector — I liked Perfect Dark, and I generally like Rucka’s work, though I didn’t much like his Grendel novel, Past Prime. I know that Rucka can take the concept of near-future industrial espionage with agents licenced to kill and do something interesting with it.

There’s a part of me, though, that wouldn’t mind seeing Rucka write Initial Vector as something of an Ian Fleming pastiche, to acknowledge the line of development from Her Majesty’s secret servent to the operatives of the Carrington Institute.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

3 thoughts on “On the Literary Perfect Dark

  1. Thanks for pointing this out—had no idea that it was coming. 🙂

    (Though beyond GoldenEye, there was already another Perfect Dark prequel: the Game Boy game….)

  2. I’d completely forgotten about the GameBoy Perfect Dark. And to think we have a few copies of this at the store.

    If memory serves, this is also one of the handful of games to make use of the Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak.

  3. Indeed it is. If you had the GBC game—don’t think you had to finish it, since I sure wasn’t able to :razz:—it’ll unlock some of the cheats in the N64 game much more easily than their “normal” mode of access.

    …I really need to dig out my Controller Pak with my PD saves and give it another go. 🙂

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