KINGSMAN Jumps From MARVEL to IMAGE, Recruits New Creative Team

"Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1" cover
Credit: Dave Gibbons (Image Comics)
Credit: Simon Fraser (Image Comics)

With Kingsman: The Golden Circle due out in theaters this September, co-creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons are reviving the original comic book and moving the book from Marvel's Icon imprint to Image Comics - but enlisting a new writer and a new artist to do it, reports Entertainment Weekly. Suicide Squad writer Rob Williams is working with his frequent artistic partner Simon Fraser on Kingsman: The Red Diamond, a six-issue series scheduled to debut September 6.

"There’s an awful lot of James Bond-style stories, and it’s almost never done as well as Kingsman," said Fraser. "The blue color class differential was what made it stand out, as well as being ridiculously over the top fun. It kind of manages to have its own cake and eat it. It can be hard and spoofy, but when it goes for it, it really goes for it. Like most Mark Millar projects, it can make you go ‘wow I’ve never seen that in a comic book before! Or a film before!’ It’s a hoot to draw."

Credit: 20th Century Fox

According to Williams, Millar's writing is known for its "strong satirical edge" and he hopes to capture that with this new miniseries.

"I liked the initial Secret Service comic a lot. I suspect when Mark’s work is at its strongest there’s a heart there, and that was definitely true with Secret Service," said Williams. "I very much like the fact that it was a clash of worlds between the debonair spy life and working class streets of London where Eggsy comes from. That was something Mark was very keen that we convey and stay true to in the sequel. You can have a lot of fun with it on top of that."

Credit: Dave Gibbons (Image Comics)

Kingsman: The Red Diamond is set after the events of the first book, but will concern Eggsy's past before he became a secret agent.

"Like any sequel, the challenge is that the character just finished going on a journey and became a hero by the end. When we meet Eggsy here, everything seems great. He’s the debonair secret agent, he’s dating a beautiful woman, he’s got an amazing car, it seems like he’s got it made. The journey for him is learning that you can’t leave your past behind," said Williams. "He is still the same guy, every inch the child of council houses of Peckham where he grew up, as much as he is the debonair spy. That’s the stuff that’s fun in terms of the class divide stuff and his journey. In terms of the actual plotline, there is obviously a megalomaniacal villain. He’s got a fantastic base, which may or may not be right at the bottom of the ocean. He also has a henchman with a hunchback, so he’s a 'hunchman.' It’s a case of Eggsy not just having to save the day and save the world, he’s got to find out who he is, really. I think he’s adrift at the start of this story, and he has to find himself again."

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