Wanted: Mark Millar writes for Hollywood but so what

When it comes to comic book writing talent it seems that Europe provides some of the most unique and fresh voices in comic books  names like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and of course Mark Millar.

Millar of course is probably the most commercially successful of the group, with his sell out attitude towards big Hollywood adaptations of his properties.  Sure we could all say that Moore has had the most movie adaptations made from his comics, but if he had it his way the movies would have never been made from the start. Also Moore has never accepted a dollar for the films made of his work

Even Gaiman has seen commercial success; he has had his book “Coraline” adapted to a successful animated movie as well as having books “Stardust” and “Mirror Mask” made into movies, and writing the script for “Beowulf.” Yet for all of Gaiman’s Hollywood success none of the movies based on his work started from a comic book.

Millar is cashing in on his comic’s work and that just might be for his high-concept commercial super hero work. His work is more about the idea than it is about the words that connect it; his comics tend to be more style and less meaning.

Basically, Millar is like comic book Hollywood but that is not taking anything away from him as a creator. On the contrary his overactive imagination to me is amazing and makes his work incredibly fun to read.

Although I like a heady read I do not always want to be pounded over the head by the deep philosophical writing of Moore or the drug induced hallucinations of Morrison.  Millar provides me with the nice alternative, he gives me a John Woo cinema in costumes and I like that.

However, despite my like of Millar’s work I cannot agree with his ethics as a creator. You see Millar wrote the comic “Wanted” which was one of the coolest high concept books I have read.

Villains band together kill heroes now they run and operate society from the shadows as if nothing ever happened. That was the premise of “Wanted” but the movie was something completely different and Millar seemed ok with that.

Millar made his money and then decided to become one of those creators who write comic books intending them to be picked up and made into movies, at least from my observation that is.

What I of course mean by this is that he sold the movie rights to his comic book “Kick-ass” before it had even had its first issue published. The movie was completed before the comic was, which with that knowledge will make going to see the film even more interesting.

Will the ending of the film be the same as the comic or will it be completely different? Did the movie influence the comic; these are all things that are in question before its release.

But this whored out attitude does not stop with “Kick-ass” but is extending into another one of his creator owned comics. “War Heroes” is a comic that Millar as far as I know is still writing and is now set to become the next big action movie for Sony Pictures.

The concept of the book from my understanding, which is a description on Wikipedia, is that it is about soldiers fighting in Afghanistan who take some pills that give them super powers.

The comic sounds interesting but it is crazy to think that it is already being licensed as a film.

I can complain all I want and cry about the purity of the art form, but the truth of the matter is that I still like his stuff. The stuff is entertaining and it is original and that goes a long way for me.

I already gave a great review to his Wolverine mini-series “Old Man Logan”, and I will tell you that if you thought that was good check out his work on “Ultimates” one and two.

His work on “Ultimates” is great and it is so fresh that it will leave a minty taste in your mouth. Plus he is the guy who wrote the “Civil War” mini for Marvel, which is probably the most important company crossover to occur at Marvel in the last 20 years.

The guy has a great mind for comics and I will continue you to buy them even if they are written for the big screen.

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