Netflix has gone into comic book publishing, announcing today the first comic book franchise from its recent acquisition of Mark Millar’s Millarworld.
The new comic book series, “The Magic Order,” will consist of six issues and will begin being released in spring 2018. It’s the first comic created by Millar following the Netflix acquisition.
Marvel artist Olivier Coipel, whose portfolio includes “Thor,” “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” will be the artist for the series.
“The Magic Order” will be available for sale in print format through comic stores and other retail outlets and will also be available for digital purchase.
“We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster and these people are the reason we sleep safely in our beds,” Netflix says in today’s announcement. “Magic meets the mob in ‘The Magic Order,’ as five families of magicians sworn to protect our world for generations must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness … unless the darkness gets them first.”
Millar, president and chief creative officer of Netflix’s Millarworld, commented: “We wanted to make a splash with our first book for Netflix and this is it. I love dark fantasy and there’s an enormous gap in the market for something like this. Netflix hiring Olivier has also made me the happiest guy alive. I’ve been after him for almost ten years so to finally have our names in the same book is an absolute honor.”