Fresh off a ton of buzz from the launch of The Magic Order, the first long-awaited collaboration in Mark Millar’s landmark content deal with Netflix, the red-letter streaming giant has announced the follow-up: Prodigy, Millar’s forthcoming comic creation about a guy who has way, way more brain power than he knows what to do with.
Millar’s story will be brought to visual life by Brazilian illustrator and previous Millar collaborator Rafael Albuquerque (Huck, Batman, American Vampire). Netflix also revealed that the new comic series will be arriving this December.
The setup to Prodigy gives us Edison Crane, a super-genius renaissance man whose description, via Netflix’s press release, sounds a whole lot like a Millar-esque, modern-day mashup of Sherlock Holmes, Nikolai Tesla, and John D. Rockefeller. Oh, and for good measure, he also happens to be a super-athlete. Check out Albuquerque's cover variants below:
“In Prodigy, the world's smartest man isn't content with running the world's most successful business," Netflix describes. "His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he's become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can't handle. A Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of the world as he is to sitting at the top of the Fortune 500.”
Millar said he set a, ahem, prodigiously high bar for himself as he set out to imagine the character and story that would end up as Prodigy, and that Crane is nothing less than “by far the best character” he’s ever come up with.
“I wanted to write the smartest thing I’ve ever written and at the same time top any action set-pieces I’ve ever managed in the past and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out,” he said via Netflix’s release. “Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career and I’m delighted that my genius friend Rafa Albuquerque is drawing the comic-book side of all this.”
Prodigy represents the second of Millar’s contributions to create original comics in the still-new partnership between Netflix and Millarworld, which was first announced to much fanfare last August. The deal, which began bearing fruit when The Magic Order released in June to huge demand, approaches the comics-to-film adaptation cycle as one big systematic creative progression, with Millar delivering the comics first, and Netflix adapting them for digital content thereafter.
Look for Prodigy to release in comic book stores everywhere beginning Dec. 5.