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King of Spies, Volume 1

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Instead of feeling bad for the guy when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness, I instead felt like it was a form of karmatic justice being done. We've already established Roland King as something of an asshole until his crisis of conscious, so a prequel of him being said douchebag to continue the series isn't going to be to many peoples liking. Mark Millar's movie pitches in comic book form are always worth a look, even if they are misses more often than they are hits.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, it was consistently crude for no reason other than to be inflammatory, the pacing was ridiculous and the ending made no sense at all. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA Enterprise and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.His commanders described Nichols as the bravest, most resourceful and effective spymaster of that forgotten war. I also tend to be less interested in ultra macho alpha male type characters, which tend to permeate a lot of his books, but that’s not really a fair thing to say in the world of comics, where alpha males are kind of the norm. Sex, gore, and violence are not the things I mainly look for in the books I read, but I also don’t avoid a title just because those things are part of the story. It might be the need to mention dodgy American presidents, British royal princes who need shutting up, someone who caused a car crash that killed a princess (? I went in expecting nothing but the usual Millar-verse excesses (and fear not loyal fans of Millar, those are here in full force), but I’m nothing if not a glutton for punishment, and am always willing to give a new book a shot no matter who wrote it.

Bloody and brutal and far more grounded, and with some of the most lavishing and evocative art you will ever see in a comic book, this is how you do it. Upon starkly realizing in his waning days that his puppet masters - those supposedly patriotic powers-that-be that regularly handed him assignments - are lately just as corrupt or evil as his former targets, he sets out to clean house in an international sense. He is completely alone, with no family or true friends beyond other former spies he sees at his social club. This is because the young version of Roland is supposed to be an obnoxious smart-ass in the same way that James Bond is. For years, he has indulged in debauchery and decadence, serving the higher powers while looking the other way, sparing not an ounce of thought for the greater good.

My one main concern going into this first issue was that they would squander the fascinating concept of what is essentially an older James Bond atoning for his lifetime of debauchery and sin. Where Roland goes next may be interesting to see and if we are spared from seeing more of the immensely unlikable young Roland King, then that may help the audience get on-board with the more mature, remorseful version of the character. Roland king, super spy finds out he has a few months to live and he is in his mid 60s and thus he goes on a mission to get rid of the monsters in the world and we see him take down corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are corporates and what not and its epic and I love how action oriented it is and it feels like a movie omg, I love the thrills here and him being chases by British intelligence and his son Atticus on the hunt for him and such a great plot and then seeing his past in flashbacks and then in the present what happens with his son and how he goes out and a long lost daughter also. Retired secret agent Sir Roland King has murdered the people he blames for all the wars, recessions, and mounting joblessness. This is the latest work the author, who is known for action franchise 'Kingsman,' has created for Netflix.

It was a relentless pity party and when the protagonist wasn’t spending his time endlessly whining about past choices he couldn’t change, he was pinning all the blame on others for his own choices that he consciously made.

Mark was DC’s art director until very recently and I love this old school spy paperback vibe he’s brought to this.

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