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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (18 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781167036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781167038
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wickedly sly, cynically funny and irreverential thriller... experience all the thrills, spills and chills you can handle right now just by picking up this fabulous action comics classic in the making…" -- --Comics Review

The new James Bond... council house homage to old school Bond. --The Guardian

'Sex, gratuitous violence, humour and bad language; what s not to like?' --World of Superheroes

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Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, his work includes Kick-Ass, Wanted, and the bestselling Civil War and The Ultimates. Dave Gibbons; one of Britain's finest comic artists, his work includes the multi-award-winning Watchmen, Batman and Doctor Who as well as his own graphic novel The Originals.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Big Ro on 24 May 2014
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I've been reading Mark Millar for quite a while and have really enjoyed most of his stuff. Wanted and Kick Ass are fun, Nemesis and American Jesus definitely worth a read and his Wolverine short story set in Sobibor is brilliant.

I also appreciate how his Millarworld set up really champions creator-owned as a concept. But herin lies my first problem with Kingsman: I feel that this book could have benefitted from a little quality control. I get the feeling that what Mark Millar says goes and that this has impacted on the editing of this book. I felt the pacing was choppy and the dialogue strained. And the stereotyping of British underclasses.... Oh dear.

My second issue (and here I might be committing a comic sin) is that Dave Gibbons' art isn't all that good. Now I love Watchmen as much as the next geek, but if we're honest Watchmen was all about the writing rather than the art. In Kingsmen Gibbons' work lets him down. There are two major areas where this is the case for me. Firstly, many of the lighter-hearted moments in the book involve famous celebrities. Some of the jokes require you to recognise the celebrity involved. The likenesses are poor. Very poor. It really detracts from what the book is trying to do. Secondly, all the main characters appear to be the same age. Some of the characters are supposed to be aging secret agents, some very young recruits... they all look the same. It is a fairly minor complaint, but really impacted on the telling of the story for me.

Added to this a slightly cliched story (the main plot point of which mirrors that of Dan Brown's Inferno), I can just say I was disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 April 2014
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The six-issue `Secret Service' mini-series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons is collected as The Secret Service - Kingsman. This is a quite subdued story for Mark Millar in terms of blood-splatter, and if you'd told me that this was written by Garth Ennis, I'd have believed you. (Quality of blood-splatter, not quantity.) Basically, this is a `Hollywood' British Secret Service adventure, with a James Bond figure who is to all intents and purposes, James Bond. This Bond however, is from Peckham, though he's been trained to be a proper gentleman. Long story short, he decides to rescue his nephew from his life of underachievement and sends him to spy school, hoping that he will be able to make something of himself. He does, but not in the way that everyone was expecting, but still manages to make good. If you like Garth Ennis stories and James Bond films, then this will be a dream come true, even if it is not by Garth Ennis and doesn't star James Bond.

The script and artwork are excellent, and I enjoyed it immensely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2014
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The six-issue ‘Secret Service’ mini-series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons is collected as The Secret Service - Kingsman. This is a quite subdued story for Mark Millar in terms of blood-splatter, and if you’d told me that this was written by Garth Ennis, I’d have believed you. (Quality of blood-splatter, not quantity.) Basically, this is a ‘Hollywood’ British Secret Service adventure, with a James Bond figure who is to all intents and purposes, James Bond. This Bond however, is from Peckham, though he’s been trained to be a proper gentleman. Long story short, he decides to rescue his nephew from his life of underachievement and sends him to spy school, hoping that he will be able to make something of himself. He does, but not in the way that everyone was expecting, but still manages to make good. If you like Garth Ennis stories and James Bond films, then this will be a dream come true, even if it is not by Garth Ennis and doesn’t star James Bond.

The script and artwork are excellent, and I enjoyed it immensely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2015
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The six-issue ‘Secret Service’ mini-series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons is collected as The Secret Service - Kingsman. This is a quite subdued story for Mark Millar in terms of blood-splatter, and if you’d told me that this was written by Garth Ennis, I’d have believed you. (Quality of blood-splatter, not quantity.) Basically, this is a ‘Hollywood’ British Secret Service adventure, with a James Bond figure who is to all intents and purposes, James Bond. This Bond however, is from Peckham, though he’s been trained to be a proper gentleman. Long story short, he decides to rescue his nephew from his life of underachievement and sends him to spy school, hoping that he will be able to make something of himself. He does, but not in the way that everyone was expecting, but still manages to make good. If you like Garth Ennis stories and James Bond films, then this will be a dream come true, even if it is not by Garth Ennis and doesn’t star James Bond.

The script and artwork are excellent, and I enjoyed it immensely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2014
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Gary is a thuggish oik from a generic housing estate in Britain who spends his days boosting cars and smoking spliffs. His dad’s a thug who beats up his doormat mother and they all live on benefits. Then one day Gary’s Uncle Jack shows up and reveals that he’s a Secret Agent on Her Majesty’s Secret Service - and would Gary like to be one too?

I generally like Mark Millar’s Millarworld books but I couldn’t believe how derivative so much of this book was. The opening sequence is reminiscent of Kick Ass’s opening scene where you see a “superhero” soar off a building - and then land on a car, dead. The setup of the young nobody suddenly realising he has untapped potential within him is Wanted all over again. The rest of the book is just brazenly lifted from James Bond - the debonair secret agent, the gadgets, the licence to kill, the swish car and associated weaponry, even the bad guy with the fiendish plan in his mountain lair!

The book has a good message to impart of how anyone can make something of themselves even if they come from nothing, and that they shouldn’t let stereotypes define their identity, but it’s diluted with a lot of cynicism from elsewhere in the story. Part of the villain’s plan is abducting celebrities (for no real reason it turns out) and is just there so that when Matthew Vaughn, the film director who co-plotted the book, films it, he can put in some famous faces for the trailer.

The ending is predictable (duh, does Jame Bond ever fail to stop the bad guy?), Gary’s training happens too quickly (those three years feel like three months at most), in fact most of the book rushes by in a series of trite and forgettable moments.
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