Yesterday was a big day for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the ever growing Mark Millar cinematic universe, with a new trailer. But the Millarverse will be back on the page too as he announced in a tweet:
This would probably be a good time to mention that a new Kingsman comic starts in September too. Kingsman: The Red Diamond. More later :)
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) April 25, 2017
While the participation of artist Dave Gibbons wasn’t made explicit, Gibbons did retweet this, indicating he’s a-ok with the idea.
No further details on the comic, but the film, from the Matthew Vaughn-Jane Goldman team, returns Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson from the first Kingsman film, which was a surprise hit. Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges are joining the team, meaning this is going to be a star heavy romp of some kind.
The movie opens September 22 and the comic comes out the same month – nice cross-promotion.
Speaking of Millar, he was just profiled in the ominous sounding paper The Scotsman:
In the spirit of duality and the double-lives his fictitious heroes lead, he’s just as likely to be talking to fans or enjoying a cold pint with his childhood friends. In Glasgow, wonder webbing is for keeping your hem up and phone booth happenings are best left unsaid. The legendary comic writer was an early Christmas present for a large working-class family on a Coatbridge council estate, born on 24th December 1969. Five older siblings – between 14 and 22 years his senior – doted on him. When his brother Bobby was a student, he pretended aloud to buy Mark comics, but secretly he was purchasing them for himself, to be passed on to a grateful Mark the following day. He treats the memory of his comic with deep adoration: The Amazing Spider-Man #121, which he flicked through while still learning to read.
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