Just under a year after Netflix inked a deal to purchase Kick-Ass, Jupiter’s Legacy and Kingsman creator Mark Miller’s Glasgow based comic book publishing company, the team have their inaugural series The Magic Order coming out next week – and its poised to be a total sell-out.
Based on pre-order indications, the start of the series of a multi-generation family of magicians under attack from the one-time Avengers author Millarworld and Marvel’s superstar artist Olivier Coipel that goes on sale on today is the most successful debut in almost 20 years.
The acquisition of Millar’s company last year gave Netflix a selection of character franchises which it can use to develop films, TV series, children’s shows and new comic books.
Three of Millarworld’s publications have already been developed into films that have earned nearly $1 billion at the box office.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said at the time: “Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with.
“We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”
48-year-old Millar runs Millarworld with his wife Lucy. They set up their own media business in the early 2000s after working at Marvel.
“It’s a very competitive month we’ve been released in,” Millar says of Magic Order landing in comic stores today. “Marvel went all out and DC has just relaunched the Superman franchise for the first time in over thirty years. We’ve come in higher than almost every single Marvel and DC book, which is crazy for something brand new. I don’t know if Superman is above or below us, the actual chart position apparently being too close to call, which is just nuts.”
Mark Millar currently visits the US once a year and conducts the rest of his business from his Glasgow office, using Skype to keep in touch with collaborators around the world. He still lives in Coatbridge, close to where he grew up.