The Hollywood Reporter today broke the news of Mark Millar’s newest comic book project, The Ambassadors, which will be published by Image Comics, with the first issue coming out in March, 2023. Artists involved with this new comic include Frank Quitely, Travis Charest, Olivier Coipel, Matteo Scalera, Matteo Buffagni and Karl Kerschl. Each will illustrate one issue, set in a different country. Quitely alone, according to THR, spent “two years on his volume.”
Millar told THR:
“We’ve seen the three act American superhero origin story a lot over the past 22 years and people are just looking for something a little different now. That’s where the rewards lie and the idea of a super-team based out of Korea just feels fresh. It also gives us an amazing chance to use local talent in these countries and build up the profile of the characters across the world, spinning them off into their own projects and making it an even bigger deal when we bring them back together again. You could only do this thing on a streamer so it totally takes advantage of the format in a way we haven’t seen before.”
What’s more, this is tailor made for Netflix and its eye on global content with a local flavour:
“The domestic audience is usually the main consideration for an American studio… so having an entirely non-American cast of characters and exclusively overseas locations would be a hard sell if this was a traditional theatrical release, but I’m just as excited by Korea, India, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and France as I am about the audience in California or New York. It’s also exciting for Netflix as these are all growth markets.”
So, now we know what Millar was teasing a while back now. What an absurdly amazing line up of talent! I’m in, are you?