King Of Spies #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Matteo Scalera Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 1, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 19
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The world's greatest secret agent has six months to live. Does he die quietly in a hospital bed, or does he make up for a lifetime of bad decisions? He's been propping up an unfair system for over forty years. Now he knows where all the bodies are buried and has nothing to lose when he turns his guns on everyone who ever made a buck creating the mess we're in right now.
REGISTER PITCH: An action/adventure story that's part spy thriller, part revenge rampage-James Bond meets John Wick.

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Nov 4, 2021

    King of Spies #1 is the story of a James Bond inspired character, if he were allowed to grow old and retire. But, it is so much more than this as Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera gives us a man who begins to question his past and the actions he took out of duty to Queen and country. A man who does more than question his role in Britain's place in the world, and how it got there. And a man willing to do something about it too. A brilliant addition to the spy-thriller genre, but with a somewhat left-leaning take on it as our hero, Roland King, really has no time to die. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Nick Friar Dec 1, 2021

    Given Millar's working relationship with Netflix, this story has the potential to be a big hit for the streaming service down the line. And the role of Roland King is one that could draw the attention of some of the better talent in the industry. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Dec 6, 2021

    Not so much Bond keeping his end up, as King cutting yours off. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 15, 2021

    Timing is everything in comedy and at times, comic books, With the public psyche all geared to the end (?) of a super spy, Millar has delivered an alternative viewpoint and raison d'etre. A fabulous read with a character you will hate to love! Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 15, 2021

    King of Spies #1 brings a surprisingly fresh approach to a spy story. Where King's adventure will ultimately take him, as well as how much wreckage he leaves in his wake, are things I cannot wait to learn. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 1, 2021

    Scalera delivers across the board with the art in this issue. The action is vibrant, energetic, and thrilling. The quiet character moments are beautiful and filled with detail. There is a great balance in the art that comes through on each page. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 30, 2021

    King of Spies will be available in all good comics stores on Wednesday 1 December. It's a fabulous early Christmas pressie, only minus the useless gift wrapping. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 1, 2021

    King of Spies hit all the right spots and seems poised to be a major hit for Millar and Scalera. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Dec 8, 2021

    Millar seems to have a lot to say about the world his hero lives in and the parts he contributed (or didn't contribute) to, and it's one of the highlights of a book that's already off to a strong start as far as action and dialogue is concerned. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 30, 2021

    King of Spies #1 is a sharp premise that'd work great in a movie or television show. Fans of espionage will love to see the secret agent story developed into their twilight years. Fans of Kingsman might be surprised to find a more gritty look and feel, but it gives it an edge that separates it from the pack. This is an edgy espionage story with dynamic action and a clever premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Comic Watch - Brent Jackson Dec 1, 2021

    As noted previously King of Spies #1 is a hard judge after the first issue, it does not offer up anything besides the basic one last run story. Will Millar switch up the format going forward and give us a different twist, only time will tell. Story wise though it is serviceable to the genre an exciting read, but nothing of real substance yet. The saving grace is that delectable Matteo Scalera artwork; it alone makes King of Spies #1 at least worth a flip through just to gander at its beauty. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Dec 9, 2021

    'King of Spies' is an exciting new action-thriller from Millar that once again subverts the spy genre. Described as James Bond meets 'John Wick,' it lives up to that and more. Throw in some 'Unforgiven' and 'Old Man Logan' and you have a potent mix of violence, intrigue, and retribution.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Nov 30, 2021

    King of Spies #1 " This first of a four issue mini-series is worth investing in. The issue starts at a break neck pace, provides you a very Sean Connery 007 vibe, but it is so much more"a British agent that simply has decided the establishment is not all that it is cracked up to be. Sir Roland King is the King of "Take This Job and Shove It""invest in this one for the storyline and the art! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Manzo Dec 6, 2021

    There's enough meat on the bone of this story to make you see what's coming next, but Millar's need for action-first story-telling may not be for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Dec 6, 2021

    Matteo Scalera's gritty and frenetic action scenes aren't enough to salvage King of Spies. There are only four chapters in this mini, and I just don't see how Millar is going to have enough space to pull this thing around and make it work. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 1, 2021

    Beyond the visual appeal, there's very little to be said about King of Spies and that seems to be a key selling point of the Millarworld brand now. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    BGCP - Daniel Boyd Nov 18, 2021

    King of Spies #1 will release on the 1st of December and will be available wherever comics are sold. Read Full Review

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