Three months after inking a deal that paves the way for most of his creations, both past and future, to start lighting up your living room, Kingsman and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar and his new partner — a little company called Netflix — have revealed their first fresh collaboration … and it’s already looking way cool.
Sometime in the spring of 2018, we’ll get the first issue of The Magic Order — Millar’s very first completely new comic since Netflix picked up his Millarworld production company back in August. The six-issue series will be illustrated by Olivier Coipel, who’s done extensive work on Thor, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel.
Think of The Magic Order as sort of a benevolent, hyperpowered illuminati: a succession of superheroes committed since ancient times to the ongoing protection of the human race, always in a very out-of-sight and hush-hush kind of way.
Netflix, which revealed the new project today, described the concept as “Magic meets the mob.”
“We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster and these people are the reason we sleep safely in our beds,” the company said in a release.
“Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as 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...unless the darkness gets them first.”
Millar said landing Olivier Coipel’s illustrative talent is one of the project’s biggest early scores.
“We wanted to make a splash with our first book for Netflix and this is it. I love dark fantasy and there’s an enormous gap in the market for something like this,” said Millar.
“Netflix hiring Olivier has also made me the happiest guy alive. I’ve been after him for almost ten years, so to finally have our names in the same book is an absolute honor.”
Gander Coipel’s first illustration for the new property, and you’ll definitely pick up on a bit of Kingsman’s prim, almost Victorian vibe.
A specific date for The Magic Order’s spring release hasn’t been announced, but the project’s slated to appear both digitally and in print. No word on whether it'll also turn into a movie or TV miniseries, but it certainly seems possible.