Bestselling comic book titan Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy, Kingsman: The Secret Service) has created a new series at Netflix in his Millarworld department, but he’s also adapting this into a comic book series too. Re-teaming with fan favorite artist Matteo Scalera (Black Science), the first appearance of this new character will now appear in King of Spies #1, a spectacular four issue miniseries launching from Image Comics in December.
In King of Spies, the world’s greatest secret agent has six months to live. Does he die quietly in a hospital bed, or does he make up for a lifetime of bad decisions and murder all the REAL bad guys before he goes? He’s been propping up an unfair system for over forty years. Now he knows where all the bodies are buried and has nothing to lose when he turns his guns on everyone who ever made a buck creating the mess we’re all in right now.
“I’ve been doing this job since I was 19 and this is the most I’ve ever enjoyed it,” said Millar. “I LOVE the Sir Roland King character and there’s something beautifully cathartic about seeing him kill all the people in the real world I can’t stand. There’s zero repercussions for him as he’s going to die anyway, the only catch being that he has to stay one step ahead of every security service in the the world as they hunt him. Matteo has rapidly become my favourite artist. I just love him. He brings an amazing Frank Miller energy to this, a Dark KnightReturns-vibe that has me almost weeping when the pages came in. I loved working with him on Space Bandits so I’m delighted to have him do the comic version of this. The guy’s a god!”
Scalera added: “I missed working on a good old revenge story! King of Spies was definitely the perfect book for me. On one side it challenges me to improve my background drawing skills, being a story that takes place in so many different parts of the world, from London, to my beloved Italy, to the States, etc… On the other sides it allows me to have tons of fun thanks to some unbelievable crazy-fast- violent-action scenes, which are my absolute favourite thing to draw! I’m so proud of what Mark, the team and I are accomplishing with this book, and I can’t wait for the whole world to see it!”
King of Spies #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 1. King of Spies #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.