With Millarworld firmly under Netflix‘s ownership we’ve all been wondering what Mark Millar would be writing after ‘The Magic Order‘ and now we’ve learned that it is titled ‘Prodigy.’ The book will be illustrated by Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque (‘Batman’,’American Vampire’) who is an outstanding artist in his own right and one whom Millar previously worked with on ‘Huck.’ We’ve got a bit of a wait on being able to read this one as it isn’t due in stores until December 5th, 2018.
As to what the book is about, imagine Tony Stark’s level of intelligence but without what appears to be AI or suits of armor around. ‘Prodigy’ will put a focus on “the world’s smartest man” who is getting quite bored just running the most successful business on the planet.
In need of a new challenge, Edison Crane decides to “become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can’t handle.” The book describes him as “a Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult” which isn’t quite the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” that Stark would have described himself as.
According to Millar:
“I gave myself a challenge when I created Prodigy. I wanted to write the smartest thing I’ve ever written and at the same time top any action set-pieces I’ve ever managed in the past, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out. Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career, and I’m delighted that my genius friend Rafa Albuquerque is drawing the comic-book side of all this. He’s really one of the best artists in the world. I can’t wait to share this with everyone. This really is a beaut, and we’re incredibly proud of it.”
It will be fun to see what Millar will give us with this book. The creator is working non-stop these days with multiple books in the works as well as two live-action series and three films currently in the works for Netflix who purchased his company.
It isn’t clear if the series will follow in the footsteps of ‘The Magic Order’ and have “no reprints“.
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