After threatening to mutate into something even more wonderful with its last handful of issues, Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar has retooled CLiNT, the 100-page comics magazine, into a whole new volume, with a new #1!
With four brand-new stories beginning between its covers, a brand new look, new logo and new attitude, the little comic that could is now the comic you can’t ignore!
Every issue now features epic news and interview exclusives you won’t read anywhere else – from set reports, casting announcements and extensive actor grillings to behind-the-scenes commentaries and new art from top comics talent!
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Mark Millar’s CLiNT magazine is kind of a wonderful thing. A combination of comic book and magazine, CLiNT gives you full issues of four different comics, alongside interviews and commentary from the creators themselves. It’s a step toward bridging the gap between creator and reader, and it makes for a great reading experience.
CLiNT 2.1 features two Mark Millar written comics: Supercrooks with artist Leinil Yu, the story of a group of failed supercriminals who head to Spain for one last heist; and The Secret Service, Millar’s collaboration with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons and Kick-Ass/X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn. Both these comics are already optioned for movies, which is kind of cool because they’re big action pieces with all the gory, humorous beats we’ve come to expect from Mark Millar.
Also great was Death Sentence from Monty Nero and Mike Dowling, which is the story of three Londoners dealt superpowers and six months to live by the sexually-transmitted G-Plus virus. This was such an interesting, bold take on superheroes that I couldn’t help but enjoy reading it. I’d pick up the next issue of CLiNT magazine if only to keep reading it.
Also featured in issue 2.1:
- Rex Royd: Invasion, a comic 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!
Funnily enough I was talking to someone about Mark Millar just last week, discussing both his past work and The Secret Service. I’ve enjoyed Millar’s work in the past, though admittedly I was late to the CLiNT party and didn’t catch most of what was in volume one until fairly recently. This magazine is kind of a glorious thing featuring both Q&As and the full issue starts to four series. It was perfect train reading (which is where I read it), able to give me enough to get through my commute without being super detail/plot heavy that I would have to flip back to read more as I was jostled around.
My personal favorite from this issue was Supercrooks which is a concept that I kind of love. Maybe it’s my soft-spot for heist capers and villains coming out, but I can’t wait to pick up the next issue and see where it goes. I also enjoyed Death Sentence largely because I am wondering just where it will go. It is definitely an interesting concept. On bit features, I enjoyed the Lenore 20th anniversary bit. Lenore has always had the dark sort of humor that I have enjoyed, but haven’t really read in a while. It was a fun little jaunt down memory lane.
To sum up my tangled thoughts: CLiNT magazine is definitely something that I will continue to check out in the future.
While I’m not late to the Mark Millar party, I’d definitely say that I’m late to the CLiNT party. But after one issue of this new volume of the magazine, there’s no question about whether or not I’ll be trying to get my hands on more issues of it when they’re out. (Plus, I’ve been looking forward to the Hit-Girl series ever since I heard it was happening!)
My favorite in this issue, was, hands down, the 20th anniversary piece for Lenore. Maybe it’s because it’s exactly my kind of dark humor, but I was laughing so hard that it took me about twice as long to read it as the other comics, even if it was the shortest one in the mag. The Secret Service had some of my favorite moments as well. The writing referenced pop-culture enough to be more than amusing without feeling heavy-handed, and the story was intriguing enough that I really want to get my hands on the next issue.
As a whole, CLiNT is fantastic. It reminds me a lot of when I’d first gotten into manga and was picking up Shonen Jump magazine. Right now, it’s a great sampling of titles and art, from the more mainstream Supercrooks to Death Sentence, which has a premise that I’m interested in seeing play out.
I think something like CLiNT is a brilliant idea, and I think CLiNT itself is pretty damn cool. A magazine that features entire comics, excerpts, interviews? AWESOME.
My one issue is the feel that it’s trying very hard to be edgy. Edgy is always one of those words I’ve had issues with. It tends to mean a sort of darkness that leads toward violence for no reason other than to have it. But CLiNT manages to steer away from that. Yes, it’s building on the popularity of a few key creators and a few key titles and why shouldn’t it? People who know Millar from Hit Girl but not comics, people who like Lenore but don’t regularly read our weekly books, they’re all great targets for this.
The stories included are great. The Secret Service was my preferred, but Supercrooks was fun, a great twist on that classic one last heist story. Being a long time Roman Dirge fan (Lenore pages were my wedding gift to my best friend) the 20th anniversary tribute (ack, I’m old) was amazing.
I liked it. I want to see more of it. Well done CLiNT crew!