Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 (Image Comics)
Another movie tie-in, only this one is tied to a movie that was a comic first.
Yeah, the original Kingsman was a pretty good comic with an awesome concept that made a great movie. For those of you that missed it – either the comic or the movie – the Kingsman are a private group of oldish white men that decided that colonialism was bad and so they were going to launch a counter-conspiracy built of themselves as they tried to save the world from the evils the British inflicted on the world and the retaliation that resulted from those evils.
Or, here, I’ll let them explain it:
It’s kind of a family thing, where they sponsor potential agents as they get on in age and put them through the ringer and teach them the ins-and-outs of assassination, combat both close-quarters and far-off, poisons, wine tasting, fine dressage, and manners. Especially manners. Because manners maketh man.
Yes, they’re the good guys, but they are still very, very British.
The movie was a lot of fun and, as noted, much better than the comic – a common thing with writer Mark Millar (with the glaring exception of Wanted, which was a terrible movie that missed the point of the comic). This one isn’t being written by Millar, though, but is rather the dream of scribe Rob Williams. Willaims is mostly known for expanding upon the world of Mega-City One and Judge Dredd, though he’s written some incredible Robocop, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars based comics, though none of the latter include Marvel’s recent works.
As the movie sequel is prepared for release, this comic sees former good-for-nothing-layabout turned super spy Eggsy still being a little less stiff-upper-lip than the other Kingsman, which is true to his heritage of being, well, a good-for-nothing-layabout that had to grow up with a horror of conservative policies that have stripped the nobility from Britain and left only a noted cruelty aimed at both itself and the rest of the world.
Sounds like the very thing that the Kingsman are very much against. What?
Anyway, Eggsy wraps up saving Prince Phillip while being rejected by his high-school crush before being handed another mission to go out and save the world from terrorists, fundamentalists, and the forces of evil. You know, Tories.
Simon Fraser adds art to the whole of the six-issue mini-series. You might know him from his work on Nikolai Dante, and if you don’t you need to go and read Nikolai Dante right now. He’s also done some Judge Dredd work, but that seems like something that all the best comics-related people in the UK do at one point or another. It’s like a rite-of-passage.
The movie sequel, as noted, is due out soon. This is going to be good reading until the sequel hits, and if you liked the movie you’ll love this.