Today we’re starting off with another great hit from the man I love to hate, Mark Millar, and Dave Gibbons’ The Secret Service: Kingsman! I really enjoyed the movie, so I was surprised to see that Millar wrote this comic, but as it turns out, the movie is far superior to this six-issue series about espionage and white, cishet boy angst. It’s the Cinderella story for cisgender, heterosexual, poor, white boys. In other words, problematic for all the same reasons Cinderella is problematic for cisgender, heterosexual, poor, white girls.
First up we have Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.’s Kick-Ass! This is a 13-year-old comic fan boy’s wet dream, drenched in misogyny, sexism, racism, ableism, drug use, gore, violence, and language, but that’s par for course for Mark Millar. If there’s anything for you to enjoy in Kick-Ass, you should be worried because this is honestly one of the most inane comics I have ever read.
Next up we have The Authority v1 by Warren Ellis, Brian Hitch, Mark Millar, and Frank Quietly. This is probably my favorite superhero team book EVER but it contains nudity, sexual themes, violence, gore, language, and just about everything else you can think of. There’s more rampant homophobia, sexism, and racism in Millar’s run. If you like deconstructionism and campy superheroes, chances are that you’ll love The Authority, just like me.