Secret Service #5
Mark Millar sets up the final act in Secret Service #5
If you haven’t read Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons yet, you are definitely missing out. Millar seems to have a bad rap with most of the people I talk to, but honestly, I have never read anything by the guy that I didn’t absolutely adore. He’s the master of mini-series’, telling meaningful and often hilarious stories in a compact and efficient manner. Secret Service is one of my favorite books being published right now, and I wish it was an exception to Millar’s style, and that we could finally have a brilliant ongoing title from him. But there is light in this tunnel because I’ve read a bit about Millar, Gibbons and Mathew Vaughn’s future plans for this franchise. According to reports, Vaughn has been attached to direct the Secret Service movie when the time comes, as well as directing any sequels that are produced by Millar and Gibbons! This goes along with the other piece of news I’ve heard that Gibbons and Millar will be putting out a new Secret Service story every few years. So now we are getting close to an ongoing title, and I’m sure that the future stories will hold up to the clout that this initial arc has created.
In my opinion, Secret Service is an incredible response to the Bond films that have been released in the past few decades. When we see a double-O agent shoot, jump, drive or seduce, we as an audience don’t really question their methods. We usually just willingly suspend our disbelief and remember that it’s just an action movie. But what Millar does in Secret Service is attempt to show the method behind an agent’s actions. There are procedures and protocols that must be followed during each mission, and agents have to use their minds and bodies and machines in order to accomplish their goals with as little statistical variance as humanly possible.
This story told from the point of view of a street urchin in need of a second chance and his top-agent uncle who lovingly provides that chance. Gary, the rebellious nephew does all he can to fit in with his fellow recruits, but because of their inherently different social classes, Gary is always seen as a misfit. But he’s never lacking in skill. Thanks to Call of Duty, street life in London and a good batch of DNA, Gary still remains at the top of his class.
It’s a genius story, and I recommend reading it and then watching some of the Daniel Craig Bond movies, and seeing that there really is protocol behind a secret agent’s actions, it’s just hard to tell because the films are so fast paced. But in reality, they must make quick observations and make sure they do their job correctly without compromising the mission.
In issue #5, the plot comes to a head when we finally realize the antagonists diabolical and genocidal plot. I would like to not ruin it for you, but basically he plans to destroy up to 6 billion lives in order to reestablish order on earth before the earth decides to wipe us all out herself. The social and environmental critic in me cheered him on, thinking “that’s a brilliant idea!” but the humanist in me sadly had to disagree… Oh, well, you must read it for yourself because in all honesty, this story is extremely multifaceted, addressing concepts from nerd culture, to mass weddings, to environmental themes and telecommunications. And all the while it will put a huge smile across your face in a way that only Mark Millar could.