This fall the Kingsman will return to the big screen with Matthew Vaughn’s sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but the British secret agents will also make their return to comic books at the same time. That return though will come with quite a few changes.
In September Image Comics will launch a new six-issue series Kingsman: The Red Diamond which is a sequel to 2012’s The Secret Service series by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons, which inspired the 2015 film Kingsman: The Secret Service, according to Entertainment Weekly. One of the big changes is that Image will be publishing the series instead of Marvel Comic’s Icon imprint where The Secret Service made it’s debut.
The other change for the series is that Millar and Gibbons will not be handling the writing and art, instead Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who) will tackle the sequel.
“Kingsman’s great. I love it. There’s an awful lot of James Bond-style stories, and it’s almost never done as well as Kingsman,” Fraser said. “The blue color class differential was what made it stand out, as well as being ridiculously over the top fun. It kind of manages to have its own cake and eat it. It can be hard and spoofy, but when it goes for it, it really goes for it. Like most Mark Millar projects, it can make you go ‘wow I’ve never seen that in a comic book before! Or a film before!’ It’s a hoot to draw.”
Kingsman: The Red Diamond takes place after the events of the first series but will also delve into Kingsman Eggsy’s past.
“Like any sequel, the challenge is that the character just finished going on a journey and became a hero by the end. When we meet Eggsy here, everything seems great. He’s the debonair secret agent, he’s dating a beautiful woman, he’s got an amazing car, it seems like he’s got it made. The journey for him is learning that you can’t leave your past behind,” Williams said. “He is still the same guy, every inch the child of council houses of Peckham where he grew up, as much as he is the debonair spy. That’s the stuff that’s fun in terms of the class divide stuff and his journey. In terms of the actual plotline, there is obviously a megalomaniacal villain. He’s got a fantastic base, which may or may not be right at the bottom of the ocean. He also has a henchman with a hunchback, so he’s a “hunchman.” It’s a case of Eggsy not just having to save the day and save the world, he’s got to find out who he is, really. I think he’s adrift at the start of this story, and he has to find himself again.”
The original miniseries will reprinted this summer under the new title of Kingsman: The Secret Service.