Mark Millar’s 10 Best Comics
When it comes to the most famous comic book writers of the past 25 years, Mark Millar tops the list. The Scottish writer has worked on many of DC and Marvel’s most beloved superhero stories, including Superman, Spider-man, Wolverine, and many more. In 2004 he founded Millarworld, an artist-run publication that has released a host of compelling indie comics like Sought and many more to hit the masses.
After selling Millarworld to Netflix in 2017, the streaming giant immediately put Millar’s beloved comic american jesus Manufacturing. As the TV series continues to roll, it’s a great time to reflect on the highlights of Millar’s decorated comic book career.
Although the Netflix adaptation was canceled after one season, Jupiter’s Legacy remains one of Millar’s seminal comic book achievements. Frank Quitely’s splendid pencil illustration is second to none, but it’s Millar’s story of how the American Dream relates to superhero mythology that really resonates with his fan base.
The story is about Sheldon Sampson, the leader of an aging group of superheroes who must safely pass on his legacy to a new generation of parents, who must avoid their past mistakes and find their own place in the world. The mix of political intrigue, family sacrifice and thrilling action set the tone for the series which currently holds a stellar score of 8.8 on Comic Book Roundup.
Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Millar wrote issues 1-12 of Marvel Knights Spider-Man, a beloved spin-off comic he co-created with Terry Dodson. While the first two or three issues stand out the most, the comic remains one of the most adored by fans of Millar, who penned a year-long story arc for one of the most beloved superheroes. iconic of all time.
With excellent storylines that pit Spider-Man against Green Goblin, Owl, Dr. Octopus, Venom, and The Scorpion, Millar packed his issues full of intense combat that’s balanced brilliantly by Peter Parker’s teenage unease as a vulnerable loner. . With stunning illustrations by the late Steve Ditko, Marvel Knights Spider-Man is more mature and less commercial Spider Man comic book that continues to teach life lessons.
Drawing from previous Marvel stories, Civil war is a seven-issue crossover comic that Millar wrote and illustrated by Steven McNiven. The story involves the government passing the Superhero Registration Act, which proposes to regulate the activity of superheroes. The proposal causes a major rift between Captain America, who opposes the law, and Iron Man, who supports it, leaving Sider-Man stuck in the middle.
Way ahead of its time, Civil War explores the notion of government overreach, fascism, oppression, the need for security over privacy, and other real-life issues that give superheroes a narrative. much more relevant. The script turned out to be so captivating that parts of the story were incorporated into the plot of Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
Also currently boasting a stellar score of 8.6 on Comic Book Roundup, Hello is a highly acclaimed six issue Millar series published by Image Comics in 2016. Set in a quiet seaside hamlet, Huck goes against the violence and terror of Millar to show a much softer, more warm and uplifting.
The story follows the heroic Huck, a brute-strength gentle giant who uses his raw power to perform acts of kindness in a small coastal town. When local news picks up his story and exposes his deeds, Huck finds himself at an existential crossroads where he must navigate to unlock his cryptic past. A moving change of pace for Millar, mixed with the stunning artwork of Rafael Albuquerque, Huck is easily one of Millar’s most memorable comics to date.
Published by Marvel Comics in 2008, Wonder 1985 is a six-issue series created by Millar with famed artist Tommy Lee Edwards. Along with the stunning artwork, the intriguing storyline imagines various Marvel heroes and villains trapped in the real world when a mutant boy named Toby alters the timeline with his warping powers.
Contemplative and sentimental, the story feels like fan service written by a true comic book fan, putting viewers in the awesome spirit of Toby above all else, which is why it resonates so much. The best moment comes in issue #5 when Toby’s life is saved by Spider-Man after having a one-on-one with Peter Parker.
Old Man Logan
Millar has a supernatural understanding of how to make superheroes feel as human as possible, with no better portrayal than Old man Logan. In a story that inspired the hit 2017 film Loganthe comic published in 2009 envisions Wolverine at an existential crossroads as he is stuck in an alternate, post-apocalyptic version of Earth that forces him to confront his true nature after being tricked by Mysterio.
Featuring some of Steve McNiven’s best comic book artwork, Old Man Logan was adapted as part of the podcast series marvel’s wastelandwith Stephen Lang in the title role, proving how transcendent the story is beyond the written page.
Loosely adapted in a heart-pounding action blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie at her badass, Sought continues to be one of Millar’s most famous comics. Published by Top Cow from 2003 to 2004, the incredible six-issue series follows Wesley Gibson, a lone office worker stuck in the rat race who learns he’s the heir of a powerful supervillain assassin and turns trains to live up to his ancestry with the help of Fox, a cold-blooded assassin.
With spectacular artwork by artist JG Jones, Wanted proves that Millar is most at home writing tales of hyper-violent rogue vigilantism while making salient statements about everyday society. Looking back, what Sought said about toxic masculinity as Wesley shifts into a predatory state is quite salient.
Superman: Red Son
While Adventures of Superman deserves a mention, red wire is Millar at its best. Still relevant and relevant, the story shows baby Kal-El being shot down on Earth when Krypton explodes, landing on a farm in Ukraine in the 1950s. As he tries to find answers, Kal-El must do in the face of escalating Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union over five long decades.
Short and sweet, the four-issue comic boasts a stellar user rating of 9.0 on Comic Book Roundup, putting readers in the empathetic mindset of all the socialist and communist forces America fought to rid of during the Cold War. The comic became so popular that it was adapted into an animated feature film in 2020.
Published by Marvel Comics from 2002 to 2004, The Ultimates is a stunning 13-issue series that helped define the visual and tonal picture of the MCU (for example, Nick Fury was portrayed as Samuel L. Jackson in the comic). Between Bryan Hitch’s broad, immersive cinematic panels and Millar’s stylish pop-cultural references, the comic has become an easy and accessible way for new fans to enter the Marvel Universe.
Story-wise, the Ultimates are contemporary alternate versions of the Avengers, who begin by undertaking an alien incursion that threatens Earth. Team building, sneaky barbs and zingers, and a pitch-perfect cast proved that Millar was well ahead of the curve in terms of giving fans exactly what they wanted.
Most Mark Millar fans will say that Kick ass is his most satisfying comic to date. The highly entertaining and viscerally violent 5-book series illustrated by John Romita Jr. has been turned into two wildly popular feature films that reflect the kinetic energy, visual pizzazz and sheer anarchy of the comic books. They also feature some of the best movie adaptations of comic book characters.
Kick ass follows Dave Lizewski, a normal teenager who decides to become a crime-fighting superhero, and the various actions he takes to achieve the title. With colorful and quirky characters like Hit-Girl standing out, Kick ass proves that Millar knows how to marry humanity with heroism like few others.
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