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Sneak Preview Of Millar/Gibbon’s SECRET SERVICE Released Online
Mark Millar is probably comicdom’s biggest crossover success story at the moment. His book Kick-Ass was adapted into a cult hit movie, and was also the likely inspiration for “real life superheroes” like Seattle crime-fighting dork Phoenix Jones. Another Millar book, Wanted, was a major hit that was raped and savaged by Hollywood and set up as another piece of posture fodder to help further Angelina Jolie’s continued sidejob as action superstar.
Dave Gibbons has worked with his share of comic book legends, among them Alan Moore and a still somewhat sane Frank Miller, back in the ’80s and ’90s. His work on Watchmen is the obvious key reference point on his C.V.
A collaboration between these two heavies holds some appeal for most people who are into drawings accompanied by words within the confines of colorful squares. So if you’re looking to get a gander of their new book, The Secret Service, The Hollywood Reporter has an eight-page sneak preview of the book. According to the companion article, the book, which has already been optioned for a movie adaptation, centers on “a young London rioter who ends up being trained by his uncle to be a gentleman super-spy.”
The presented introductory sequence features Mark Hamill (yeah, him) kidnapped by international terrorists and taken on a Bond-style snowmobile chase through the Swiss Alps. Just as you probably figured it would.
Millar says the piece is informed by a couple of Special Forces heavies he counts among his friends. I’m not the biggest Millar fan, and consequently not the most well-versed in his stuff. I liked Kick-Ass but couldn’t get into Wanted. I am willing to give him credit for putting out work that is of the moment that it was produced. Dude’s tapped in to what’s going on in the world and the culture, and he’s able to breathe that into his work.
Based on what I see in the preview, I’m definitely willing to give this one a shot. If nothing else, it’s a great introduction with a couple solid laughs to start things off.
The book is slated for release later this month.