Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Richard Boom
Review: The Secret Service: Kingsman
To start off with the original promotional speech: “Gary’s life is going nowhere. He lives in public housing with his mother and spends his nights carousing with his friends. But Gary’s Uncle Jack has taken a different path of glamour, danger and mystery. When Jack has to get his nephew out of trouble, their lives are going to intersect in a way neither of them could have foreseen. From Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). Soon to be a blockbuster movie!”
Mark Millar is making another movie-induced comic book, and as you can see from the trailer above, it is really gonna be something AGAIN!!
Overall Millar’s work can be described as over-the-top, gore and brutal yet honest and to be honest I will be waiting to show them to my kids until they hit 18 or so, and most of their childish innocence is naturally wrecked through their own circle of life.
Not that I did not enjoy myself immensely, though!
Just imagine that a high-end spy like James Bond has a family-member he really loves, but that guy is just making a mockery of his ‘life’ of petty crime, stealing cars and generally hating life and lashing out. So nephew Gary is this slacker but uncle Bond -I mean Jack- sees his potential and pulls some strings to have him enrolled into SPY SCHOOL.
And to say this is NOT a breeze for slacker Gary, is an understatement. Gary needs to work double as hard to not only overcome his slacker-life but also his lower life-style as compared to his fellow spy-students. He often over-extends, making his uncle look like a fool, really, but in the end it all goes well.
The script is very sharp, fast AND witty, with enough gore, action as well as LOL-moments to actually fill THREE stories, but let us not shout ‘ decompose please ‘ to loudly here. Gibbon’s art is as good as it gets and the panels are like movie-storyboards really. This will make the transition to the actual silver screen a blast, really! TO have Matthew Vaughn as co-plotter will make the job twice as easy even!
All in all this story is a must-read really. Millar’s work is not setting a new standard -as seemed foretold by many critics- but his work stands tall and his massive library has the ability to prove his talent as writer of this era!
Dimensions: 258 x 170 mm
Publication date: 18 March 2014
Illustration detail: Colour comic strip
Mark Millar , Dave Gibbons , Matthew Vaughn