The First Com­ing

The story of Mark Mil­lar’s never-fin­ished, highly con­tro­ver­sial, comics de­but: The Saviour

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Look­ing back on Mark Mil­lar’s de­but comic – The Saviour.

I ’m hop­ing for some hate mail… this one should re­ally of­fend peo­ple and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. If this doesn’t work I’ll just set fire to a pri­mary school.” – Mark Mil­lar, 1989.

From the very start of his ca­reer, Kick-Ass cre­ator Mark Mil­lar had a ta­lent for con­tentious one-lin­ers. Here he was, in the pages of Tri­dent Comics’ fanzine,

Fan­tasy Ad­ver­tiser, pre­view­ing his de­but se­ries The Saviour and plan­ning some provoca­tive arson.

Spool back to March 1988, when Tri­dent an­nounced it was to launch its own comic line, to be over­seen by FA edi­tor Martin Skid­more. “I’m gen­uinely very in­ter­ested in sub­mis­sions,” he wrote. “All will be read and con­sid­ered, but only a few will be pub­lished.”

Mil­lar’s pro­posal – The Saviour – was eye-catch­ingly bold. “A se­quel to the Bi­ble with a su­per­hero who was also the an­tichrist,” he says today, talk­ing to Comic Heroes. “My orig­i­nal ti­tle was Bi­ble II, and I re­mem­ber think­ing,

FAC­ING PAGE: Though chaotic in style, Saviour showed the ob­vi­ous be­gin­nings of Mil­lar’s voice and quickly be­came a best­seller.

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