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A Fun Concept Fumbled
on 29 January 2015
Secret Service is a fun concept ultimately mishandled, I think. I have read only a few of Mark Millar's previous books: Superior, Kick Ass and Supercrooks and I have to say I loved each one to the point where I have read and re-read each of them. Each of these books has something different to commend it and to separate it from both the mainstream and from one's expectations. Unfortunately Secret Service isn't really in the same league. It starts promisingly enough, the opening sequence being a funny spoof on The Spy Who Loved Me, and the first half of the story actually does a good job in building up expectations. Yes, of course, Eggsy's training regime is massively curtailed, but there's a long history of that stretching back to the early Marvel Superheroes (and probably beyond) and up to the point where the hero is fully trained everything works. The problems start when he puts on a suit. Suddenly there is nothing to distinguish the two main characters, in actions or in looks, and some of the situations and sentiments start to veer towards cliché and triteness. I found myself reading the last chapter just to see it out and, at the end, feeling a little disappointed in having high hopes dashed.
So, fun at the start and not bad, as such. Just not great.