Although he was off by a day or so, the first comic book series in the Millarworld/Netflix deal has indeed been revealed, over at EW.
It’s called The Magic Order, and the artist is Olivier Coipel, certainly one of the best artists in the biz ( but maybe not the best, no offense to Olivier.) The concept involves wizards who have saved the world just faffing about as regular folks.
So my idea with The Magic Order was to take something that’s essentially about a secret order of good wizards who got rid of all the bad things hundreds of years ago, but live quietly among us now with blue-collar jobs and ordinary domestic lives. They have this secret life, but to the outside world it’s all very normal and it makes the idea look more like The Sopranos than Lord of the Rings.
The book will be R-rated adult fantasy. “Something for the kids who grew up 10 or 20 years ago loving all-ages fantasy in cinema, but now wanting something a little tastier.”
As for Coipel, as is tradition, he is doing “the best work of his career”!
Nowhere in the piece does it actually mention WHO WILL BE PUBLISHING THIS COMIC BOOK. I wouldn’t expect a brief EW puff piece to go into the publishing weeds, but this continued mystery just shows that no one really cares about selling these periodical floppies that are fueling the Netflix deal. As long as they exist, that’s all that’s needed.
BTW, that cover art reminds me of Farel Dalrymple’s Popgun War something fierce!
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.