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Kingsman: The Secret Service (The Secret Service #1-6)

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From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making! The world's greatest secret agent is on the most exciting case of his career. But will the end of the world as know it take a back seat to training his street-punk nephew to be the next James Bond? meanwhile, what's the secret link between a series of kidnapped sci-fi stars, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Marvel (first published 2012)
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Jeff
Imagine if James Bond had a wayward, street wise nephew that he took under his wing and brought into the spy business. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? You could play it straight or tongue-in-cheek and both techniques could conceivably work. Try mixing these two approaches and you could have a disaster.

Millar tries to straddle both methods and it’s not a total failure, but the tonal shifts are jarring.

What’s to like

If nothing else the main characters are well conceived and for the most part, beli
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Martin
Dec 16, 2015 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
It was with cautious optimism that I picked this one up, and I'm glad to say it not only exceeded my expectations, it also redeemed Mark Millar in my eyes.

Back in the heyday of The Ultimates, The Ultimates 2, Wolverine: Enemy of the State: Enemy of the State Ultimate Collection, and The Authority Vol. 2, Mark Millar was one of my favourite writers. The over-the-top plots, the witty (and occasionally off-colour) dialogue, and the crazy action set-pieces all helped make these books favourites of
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Alan
Mar 03, 2015 Alan rated it liked it
The only reason I read this last night was because milady took us us out for a double feature last Saturday night (50 Shades of Gray and Kingsman). After reading this last night I'm edging closer to one conclusion.

Matthew Vaughn's movie version of Mark Millar's comics are better than comics. Vaughn made the only X-Men movie that I've liked so far out of the the three I've seen on DVD, and I liked the Kick-Ass movie more than the comics. With The Secret Service it might be that I liked the movie
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Jokoloyo
Feb 15, 2015 Jokoloyo rated it liked it
I don't see The Secret Service as a spy thriller story but as a YA coming of age story. Well, Millar's style of coming of age. It is the good point of start. There are other secret agent parodies with children or teenagers as main protagonist. There is similar theme with XXX movies that set adult rebellious adults as USA secret agents. But this book takes a further step, a delinquent British Secret Service agent.

I am not impressed with the antagonists, the standard secret organization. They are
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Tamahome
Mark Millar pushes my buttons again. It's got the usual wish fulfillment and pop culture. Lots of heads blowing up though. Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame does the art. The director of Lock Stock and Two Barrels contributed to the plot. I think it's going to be a movie. It's nice to be Mark Millar.
Jesse A
Jun 12, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
Shelves: library-it-up
I would say not Millar's best work but still pretty passable. Some interesting ideas. Would have probably been great as the start of a new series.
Eric
Jan 14, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mark Millar fans
I was unaware the upcoming movie Kingsman: The Secret Service was based on a graphic novel until I saw this in my local comics shop, but had to pick it up when I saw Mark Millar's name on it (And, bonus, the artist is Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame). This is typical over-the-top Millar, taking a known quantity -- in this case the spy genre -- and "putting it up to 11", creating a warped coming-of-age story only he could imagine. It's similar in a lot of ways to what he did with superheroes in Kic ...more
Carolyn
Dec 27, 2015 Carolyn rated it liked it
Yesterday I happened into a Starbucks attached to an Indigo and someone had left this sitting on the table so I picked it up and was half way through by the time my associate showed up, so of course I had to buy it ... (insert sigh here).

Well Ian Flemming meets the Zucker Bros. Toss in the artwork by Watchmen's Dave Gibbons and that about sums this up.

Gangland Boy going nowhere is taken under his "secret" not so secret spy uncle's wing and comes out the other side of his "training" and saves the
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Mike (the Paladin)
I don't read a lot of graphic novels (comic books) any more save some Captain America and Avengers collections mostly out of nostalgia. I was also however a huge "spy-fi" fan in my youth (and now when I can find it). Happily it seems to be making at least a slight comeback with people rediscovering the Bond novels and Bond movies still going strong.

Recently I saw the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, and liked it a great deal. So I decided to track down the graphic novel(s) it was based on.

Not
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AhmEd ElsayEd





British cinema is Amazing and so this movie

So I will Read This book Later
Jon
Jun 26, 2015 Jon added it
Kingsman isn't Millar's best work, but it does have a lot of his signature elements and is entertaining. It doesn't have the energy and fun nature of the film, but it was worth reading. I'm not sure if there are future Kingsman installments coming out, but I doubt I'd read another one and would probably see the adaptations instead.
Gemma Williams
Mar 16, 2015 Gemma Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This year, a film was released that quickly became one of my favourites. After leaving the cinema, I couldn’t stop smiling and talking about the spectacle I had just seen. I loved it so much that I just had to get the source material and read where the film had originated from. It was based on the comic, The Secret Service: Kingsman.

Gary is just a normal young man who is feeling lost and hopeless. His home life is a disaster and he seems to be good for nothing more than causing trouble and being
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Todd N
Jun 01, 2014 Todd N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ipad
Ran right out and bought this graphic novel after seeing the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service before the X-Men movie and read it in a few hours.

I think that the movie will be a lot more intense than the graphic novel. This is a bit more superficial with a jokey ha-ha plot, though Mr. Millar attempts to inject some serious undertones of class and domestic abuse and whatnot.

I’d strongly recommend getting Queen and Country over this one if you want a more realistic British secret service ty
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Susannah
Apr 04, 2015 Susannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have enjoyed nearly all of the Mark Millar graphic novels I have read, and the film adaptations of them that I have seen. The same way that Kiss Ass subverted and took the piss out of the superhero genre, Kingsman does the same with spy films in the vein of James Bond. The villain plot is reasonably original (kidnapping sci-fi actors is a stroke of genius) however the climax is fairly standard, but I guess it has to be in a traditional 3-act structure. There are great moments along the way ...more
Liam Gardner
Nov 26, 2015 Liam Gardner rated it really liked it
I watched the movie when it first came out not realising it was based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar, since the movie was probably my favourite movie of the year I HAD to read where it all started!
Kingsman: the secret service has a sort of James Bond feel to it with great humour and a great story! The way the story was put together worked really well, however I didn't really like the artwork so it took me a bit of time to get used to, so with a big chunk of a Graphic novel being artwork I gav
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Yonaily
Jun 29, 2015 Yonaily rated it it was ok






This is my favorite escene from the movie.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Plot Thummary

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Catht and Crewed

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Can Eggthy carry the nectht inthtalment thingle-handedly though?

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Annina | Blattzirkus
All in all the movie was quite close to the graphic novel, although I prefer the uber crazyness of the movie. I kinda wish the graphic novel was a bit longer. 4 stars because of that and because of some characters I didn't like, sorry.
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Amusing read. I can see how they used some bits of this to create Easter eggs in the movie.
Aubrey
Jan 29, 2015 Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks back I was invited to see a screener of the soon-to-be released (Feb 13, 2015) movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. I'm a trailer watching fiend and film junkie to the core, but I knew nothing of this movie. Having taken a gander at what it was about and who was in it (Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Samuel L. Jackson, as well as some fresh new faces) I decided to accept and went to see it with my husband. We've been invited to screeners before, most of them average flicks, ...more
Marco Resendiz
The Secret Service tells the story of a young British teen named Gary who, due to a poor family life, is constantly getting into trouble with his friends. His family, naturally, is concerned about the direction he is going, although some are more concerned than others. This story should sound fairly familiar to many of you, and that’s because it has been told many times before. In an attempt to breathe some fresh air into this tale, Mark Millar has gone ahead and made one of those concerned ...more
Nose in a book (Kate)
Hmm. Entertaining but problematic, I think I have to conclude. The concept is promising – when difficult teenager Gary has to be bailed out of jail yet again, his secret service uncle gives him the offer of joining the Kingsman training programme for elite hitmen. It’s the only real chance Gary has to get out of the council flat he shares with his mum, step brother and violent douchebag of a stepdad but it’s a severe change from his life of benefits and petty crime. Gary doesn’t fit in with the ...more
Dan
Aug 17, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just brilliant. I have thought for a while that Mark Millar is an excellent comic book writer but often needs someone to reign in his crazy side. Well fortunately king of comic book films Matthew Vaughn was involved to take that role.

The Secret Service takes a very James Bond style with a large hint of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books too. Council-estate loser Eggsy is going nowhere with his life, regularly arrested and living with his Mum's abusive boyfriend. His Uncle Jack just hap
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Nessie McInness
Aug 31, 2014 Nessie McInness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never even considered buying this until I saw the trailer for the film (I'm a sucker for covers, and this definitely doesn't appeal to me). It seemed like a really cool concept: chav turned James Bond? Cool! I've liked everything else I've read from Mr Millar, so take my money and give me the book!

This was a GREAT surprise.
First of all, it starts with Mark Hammil being kidnapped. AMAZING.
Then I realise how the main character's mother looks a bit like Laurie Jupiter. So I close the cover and...
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Thomas
Mar 13, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, owned
This was a fun romp in the tradition of James Bond. I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was. Suave spies, secret agent gadgets, high stakes, beautiful women, and the end of the world - everything you need in one convenient package.

The artwork and a few sections of dialogue let me down. The artist neglected to draw backgrounds in several closeup frames, it didn't work well for me as dramatic effect. A few of the characters didn't feel memorable on the page. And at the end, lasers do not cause blo
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Ash
Mar 12, 2015 Ash rated it it was amazing
I looooooooooove anything about spies! The Kingsman movie is my all time favourite movie, I've already seen it in cinemas 3 times so of course I HAD to have the comic the idea for the movie came from! They're super similar with only very small differences, I loved the movie more, but probably because it's more modern, there's women in the movie, the woman with the prosthetic legs omg perfection, in this it's a man, who doesn't feature NEARLY as much! The comic also doesn't focus much on the ...more
Charlie
Mar 01, 2015 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, typical Millar. You could probably plot out what happens with just a few details but it would not be as enjoyable. I can't explain it, but it just...works. Gibbons' art is cleaner than ever, and the dialogue, pop-culture references, and execution (no pun intended) make this another smashing good book from Millar.

If you hate Millar, don't bother. If you enjoy him, it'll feel just right.

If you've never heard of him, and like spy games, Bond action, violence, and a silly megalomaniac for
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Michael
Darkly humorous and very entertaining, The Secret Service: Kingsman reprints issues #1-6 of the original comic book series as a graphic novel.
Aimed at a YA audience, Kingsman will appeal all ages of readers across a number of different genres.
I read this book solely because of Dave Gibbons doing the illustration, but enjoyed Mark Millar's writing. I laughed out loud to see that Matthew Vaughn made the front cover of the graphic novel credits.
Kingsman would appeal to readers of Charles Murray "C
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Laura
Mar 06, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
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Rayner Vella
Mar 01, 2015 Rayner Vella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I recently went to see this in the cinema, and then had to go and pick it up because it's my crime not to read the graphic novel if I know it is one! I love the story of a typical normal boy from Peckham, London (very close to where I live) being turned into an upstanding gentleman spy. What's not to love about the spy genre to be honest. However it is nothing like the movie! So don't expect the same things within it!!!
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Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, ...more
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