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The Secret Service: Kingsman

(The Secret Service #1-6)

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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  3,275 ratings  ·  439 reviews
From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making!

A British secret agent feels guilty about never spending time with his deadbeat sister and takes his wayward nephew under his wing after he's arrested in the London riots. The boy is heading straight for a jail cell until his uncle steps in and tries to give him a new life,
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Marvel (first published 2012)
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Anne
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Movie. Maybe?
2.5 stars

I didn't even realize Kingsman had been was a comic first!

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For good reason, it turns out. Because I didn't think this was all that entertaining.
So, yeah. Sadly, the movie was 100% better.

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Now, that's not to say that the movie didn't follow some of the better scenes and/or ideas of Millar's book. But it did cherry pick the storyline to the (I think) betterment of the movie. To be honest, I much prefer Colin Firth's character and backstory to Eggsy's uncle...whatshisname? Doesn't matter. He
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Alejandro
The next generation of spies!


This TPB collects "The Secret Service" #1-6.


Creative Team:

Creators: Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons & Matthew Vaughn

Writer: Mark Millar

Co-Plotter: Matthew Vaughn

Illustrator: Dave Gibbons


MI6 WON'T BE THE SAME EVER AGAIN!

This is the original story where the film "Kingsman" was based on, to the point that while this comic book title was just "The Secret Service", it was added "Kingsman" to the title to match both projects with the same title.

However...

If you already w
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Jeff
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Ahmed  Ejaz
I am disappointed here. The plot seems like a great spy-comic. And great it was but still things were off for me. One of my problems here is the way of picturing protagonists, Jake and Gary. They look almost alike! There is a big age difference but still, I couldn't distinguish between them.

Overall, I would recommend this comic. It's not a great one, but not a bad one either. The reason I read this was its on-going comic series; Kingsman: The Red Diamond. Now I can start that. And hope I woul
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TL
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars overall
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Well, very different from the film in most ways.
Book different from the fim? Shocker! ;-P

I expected that but I was expecting the names to stay the same for some reason haha... perhaps blame it on me only hearing of KINGSMAN from the film and not knowing the graphic novels existed till awhile afterwards. Wasn't paying attention I guess :).

Needless to say, I loved the film. It was fun, and the cast had a great chemistry together (have such a crush on Harry Hart) but somehow nev
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Alan
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Martin
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Sam Quixote
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 Kic
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Eric
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Chelsea
I had some high hopes after enjoying the movies, this was kind of boring.
Bekka
Read this as a sort of warm up for Kingsman 2 tomorrow night, and thought it was brilliant! The film was adapted from this story, and while there's a lot of plot changes, be it character connections, character descriptions and back stories, the main story remains the same.
As violent and sweary as a Deadpool comic, and a good, fun story! Why is this not a huge running comic, with multiple stories?!
Tamahome
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Clarissa
What?! No Roxy or Merlin?!

There are a lot of different details but it's the same basic story. Overall, I enjoyed the film more.
Susannah
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tha ...more
Carolyn
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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Jon
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.
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Amusing read. I can see how they used some bits of this to create Easter eggs in the movie.
Christa
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I was expecting this to be more like the film (despite knowing they'd be very different), which I love, but overall I just didn't really enjoy this..
André
I have read previous works by Mar Millar, such as "Kick-ass" series and "Wanted", however, I found this one inferior. The Secret Service tells an entertaining story of a British spy who recruits his low-life nephew into the British secret services. Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is a teen who lives with his dysfunctional mother and stepfather. Gary has always wanted to change his life and move away from his poor neighbourhood.
Jack London, Gary's uncle, decides that his nephew deserves a second opportunity
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Gemma Williams
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Aubrey
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nessie McInness
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Dan
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Todd N
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Ash
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 test ...more
Ed
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Even though I saw the film first (and loved it), I still found the original comic to be enjoyable. It has the usual trademark Millar humor and violence, and the story itself, while significantly different from the film, is still quite good. The only bad thing I can say is that it reminded me that Millar should really finish War Heroes...
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This is my favorite escene from the movie.
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