Netflix + Mark Millar = gold (hopefully)
Yep, Netflix are making comic books now. Not content with TV shows and films, they’re onto actual, literal books now - what’s next? Food?
Back in August 2017, Netflix bought celebrated writer Mark Millar’s (Kick-Ass, Wolverine: Old Man Logan) publishing company Millarworld, which has in the past released comics such as Kingsman and Wanted, both of which were distributed by larger publishers and eventually adapted into films.
Their first collaboration will be The Magic Order, written by Millar and drawn by Olivier Coipel (Thor), which will hit the shelves on June 13th, courtesy of Image Comics (the same lot that publish Spawn), and according to Netflix, the plot is thus:
“Five families of magicians sworn to protect our world for generations must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness.”
And here’s your trailer:
What’s interesting about this run however, is that there will only be one of them. Once the first lot has sold, there will be no second chance to nab it. Miller said:
“We want to get back to that crazy, exciting time where a first printing really meant something too and create a real collectibility here with NO SECOND PRINTINGS.
“We love the idea of making this genuinely sought after. So after inventory on the first and only print run is depleted, there will be no additional printings. That said, we’re very, very sure this is going to sell out.”
He also told Comic Book Resources what to expect from the book:
“[It’s] for the kids who enjoyed something like Harry Potter or that kind of genre growing up now having something that appeals to their adult sensibilities.
“Tonally, it’s actually closer to The Sopranos in that it’s about a patriarch in an underworld family and his concerns about his children. King Lear is the basic structure, if that doesn’t sound too pompous, but with magic wands. And it’s dirty.
“It opens with a shagging scene, so you immediately know this isn’t Hogwarts.”
Shagging scene? Sign us up!