Space Bandits Promises To Be A High-Octane, Up-Beat, Sci-Fi Comic From Millar And Scalera

by Oliver MacNamee

Mark Millar’s got another new one coming out with Netflix and Image Comics called Space Bandits. A female led sci-fi story seemingly based on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but in space. Millar is joined by artist Matteo Scalera on this book.

In Space Bandits, Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal operations, they run heists across the galaxies—hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their treacherous crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE.

Millar commented on the reasoning behind this new comic, underscoring his familiarity with writing strong female leads:

I love writing female-led stories in everything from Reborn to Empress to Hit-Girl to Jupiter’s Legacy and, of course, our recent Magic Order at Netflix. I also love writing big, fun sci-fi things. In a world with a billion superhero properties and gloomy, rain-soaked dystopian sci-fi, there’s a gap in the market for sci-fi that’s upbeat and fun and I wanted to combine all this into a big, high-octane story.

Talking more about the project, Millar went on to praise his partner and artist on this book:

I’ve been working on this as a property for Netflix since last Summer and now I’m being joined by the brilliant Matteo Scalera for the comic-book translation of this story. The guy’s a genius and I’ve followed him for years. Having him draw this is like someone you’ve always had a crush on going out on a date with you. He’s just amazing.

Fun female focused blockbuster sci-fi coming your way this summer.

Plus, as an incentive and crowd pleaser, Millar is rounding up some of his favourite comic book artist to tackle variant covers. First up on Reavers #1 is Howard Chaykin but no word as yet on cover artist for issue #2.

Reavers #1 will be out July 3rd from Image Comics.

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