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