Long time comic-book readers know that it can be pretty tough to come up with something new to say in the medium. On top of that, the market is glutted with superhero books, most notably from Marvel and DC Comics, which makes getting noticed on store shelves quite a challenge. So how does an independent comic book creator get their ideas noticed in today's market?
Mark Millar would like to present his magazine CLiNT as the answer to that question.
Published by Titan Magazines, CLiNT is comprised of comic stories, interviews and articles that revolve around Millar's sphere of influence. As the creator of books like WANTED and KICK-ASS, both of which were made into motion pictures, Millar holds quite a bit of capital in the comics industry. With CLiNT he's using some of it not only to get his stories out into the world, but to also shine a spotlight on some other indie creators. Here's a rundown on what the "retooled" second issue offers:
- Supercrooks Chapter 1 by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu
- The Secret Service Chapter 1 by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and Matthew Vaughn
- Death Sentence Chapter 1 by MontyNero and Mike Dowling
- Rex Royd: Invasion Chapter 1 by Frankie Boyle and Mike Dowling
- Maximum Millarworld movie round-up!
- Frankie Boyle and Mike Dowling introduce Rex Royd!
- 20 years of Lenore! Roman Dirge digs up the little dead girl!
- Who is Clint? An Investigation!
- Vern's Badass Cinema 101!
Of the comic strips, I enjoyed Secret Service the most. The strip plays with the James Bond formula by giving the Bond-like main protagonist a dead-beat family to support. There's an opening sequence involving the rescue of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill from kidnappers that ends with an unexpected - and LOL inducing - moment.
Supercrooks is also fun, addressing the question as to why supervillians always seem to pull robberies in cities that also have superheroes. It stands to reason that they'd be better served moving to cities devoid of super-powered vigilantes, right? With Supercrooks, Millar takes that germ of an idea and uses it to set up an Ocean's 11 type scenario.
The story that's getting a lot of attention is Death Sentence, where if you catch the sexually-transmitted disease called G+, you die within six months, but not before getting superpowers. An interesting premise I'm sure, but I liked it when it was called Strikeforce Morituri.
The story that just jumped out and delighted me was the strip that accompanied the article 20 Years of Lenore. Written and illustrated by Roman Dirge, the Lenore shorty tells of the little zombie girl's encounter with an otherworldy pork chop. After reading this sample of Dirge's wonderfully twisted imagination, I was anxious to find more Lenore books!
Overall, CLiNT magazine succeds at what it sets out to do, which is to get these stories in front of readers in a new and exciting way. With Milar's cult of personality driving it, readers will hopefully give these other creators a look. If there is any drawback, it's that the R-Rated content makes the magazine unsuitable for younger readers.
CLiNT gets a Geek Factor Rating of 2 1/2 stars out of 4.