Print isn’t dead, it’s just resting. As you may know CLiNT magazine is relaunching with a Volume 2.1 and a bunch of new strips, including the long-awaited “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
A joint venture between media magnate Millar and Titan Books, CLiNT is based on the old-fashioned concept of a slick magazine that includes text AND comics. It’s sort of a brash mash-up of a lads mad and Judge Dredd, and it’s definitely had some ups and downs on English newsstands, but has found an audience in comics shops, both in the UK and the US.
While it’s long been a showcase for comics by Millar, the relaunch will also sport some comics by new talent, including “Death Sentence” by newcomers Monty Nero (writer) and Mike Dowling (art).
The concept is high: three people get an STD that gives them superpowers… and six months to live. The story focuses on graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist ‘Weasel’ and roguish media personality Monty as they decide what to do with the time they have left and the powers they’ve been given. It’s described as “a vibrant and heartfelt tale with plenty of British flavour,” taking on such tempting targets as celebrity culture and government shenanigans. According to Millar, it’s “the best idea I’ve seen in years. Genuinely original.”
The story launches in CLiNT #2.1, which also includes Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s Supercrooks, Millar and Dave Gibbons’ The Secret Service, Frankie Boyle’s Rex Royd, and articles on movies and comics.
CLiNT is going on a media rampage this week, and for Beat readers they’re offering a look at a pin-up of the very eccentric Monty. The magazine is now available in the US at the same time as in the UK, and issue 2.1 goes on sale in May. There is something uniquely satisfying about holding a magazine full of comics in your hand, and CLiNT is trying to carry the standard for now.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.