Mark Millar’s CLiNT Magazine

Posted by Grey Sunday, September 5, 2010

"This is The Eagle for the 21st century."

So said Mark Millar, on the monthly British comic magazine, CLiNT, that has just hit the stands in United Kingdom last Thursday, September 2nd.

The Eagle, as any self-respecting British comic reader would know, was the landmark British comic that was first published from 1950, famous for introducing fans to the the iconic Dan Dare, among its numerous inspirations to generations of British writers.

Can CLiNT clinch the deal?


Published by Titan Magazines and launched by prominent comic writer, Mark Millar (famed for his work on The Authority, The Ultimates, Wanted, Civil War, Kick-Ass, and Nemesis, recently optioned by 20th Century Fox, with Tony Scott penciled in to direct it, in conjunction with his Scott Free production company), the new monthly magazine packed some amazing ammunition, with celebrities like TV presenter Jonathan Ross and comedian Frankie Boyle premiering their respective debut comic works.

Described by Ross as "an intelligent popcorn movie. lots of action, lots of setting, lots of cool ideas, but with an emotional heart to it", Turf, written by Ross and illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards, was originally published by Image Comics. Set in 1920s prohibition-era New York, the limited series featured period typical gangsters alongside vampires and aliens.

In 1920's prohibition-era New York, vampires and gangsters battle for control of the city. Can young reporter Susie Randall uncover the truth behind the latest developments in their brutal gang war?

Written by Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle, with art by Michael Dowling, "Rex Royd" seemed to be a throwback to UK comic strips of an early era.

The newspapers call Rex Royd "The Renaissance Man of Madness". And Rex Royd owns the newspapers. Comic strip action like you've never seen it before!

The main attraction of the magazine, though, remained closely on Millar as the premiere issue will include the debut of Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, the sequel to his cult title Kick-Ass which was a critically acclaimed comic-to-movie adaptation earlier this year. Fellow collaborator John Romita JR is also back for the art chore.

Kick-Ass is back, and so is Hit Girl! After the explosive events of Kick-Ass volume one, Hit Girl promised to hang up her guns and renounce her life of violence. How is that going for her?

To complete the double-whammy, Millar's latest work for the Icon Comics imprint of Marvel also gets a reintroduction to the British reader. As earlier mentioned, the film is slated to be made into a film in the near future, with whispers of Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp landing the eponymous role of the supervillain Nemesis piling up high the rumor mill.

What if the masked avenger was the bad guy? What if the genius-level intellect with cape and gadgets was evil? Welcome to the world of Nemesis.

More interestingly, "What if Batman was the Joker?" or "What if Batman was a total cunt?" The ever-evolving illustrator and long-time collaborator of Millar, Steve McNiven, is on hand for the art chore.



Apart from the above mentioned contents, the 100-page magazine will also be packed with interviews and features from films, games and television as well. Accordingly, some other high-profile names in entertainment have been lined up to be featured every month with some promising to stick around to provide their very own take on the sequential art with a variety of themes from sci-fi, humour to horror.

"Jonathan, Frankie and I will have our stories serialised over the first six months, but we have the most insane line-up of creators ready to come in and join us. You’d be amazed how many people who work in film and television want to be comic-book writers. It’s very exciting and we think we’re creating something potentially enormous here." Millar added.

Any jab in the arm of the ailing comic industry is always welcome. And this is just the kind of good news to get the UK comic readers excited about. Not to mentioned the much-anticipated sequel to the ballsy and highly entertaining Kickass.

A teaser video for CLiNT Magazine has been released by Titan Magazines. Check it out after the jump.

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