Calamity James

Pat Mills talks the re­turn of Ac­ci­dent Man

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red alert -

It is great to re­visit the character,” be­gins the iconic comic book writer Pat Mills. “And I can safely say that he is in fan­tas­tic hands with Dark Horse Comics.” Birthed in the pages of 2000 AD in the early 1990s, Ac­ci­dent Man was a rev­e­la­tion: a su­per- suave hit­man who was ef­fort­lessly cool. Think James Bond for the Thatcher- era. So the character’s resur­gence as a 21st cen­tury lothario should be in­trigu­ing...

“There has been talk about an Ac­ci­dent Man film too,” ad­mits Mills, speak­ing to Red Alert at the Ed­in­burgh Book Fes­ti­val. “So now we wait and see if Hol­ly­wood stu­dios will ‘ get’ the character. But, right now, the new se­ries is what has me in­ter­ested. The art is be­ing done by Fay Dal­ton. She re­ally gets who Ac­ci­dent Man is, and she’s done an amaz­ing job. She draws th­ese very sexy and pow­er­ful male and fe­male char­ac­ters. I don’t know if a guy could get away with it, to be hon­est [ laughs].”

Asked about Ac­ci­dent Man’s en­dur­ing ap­peal and Mills ad­mits to be­ing per­plexed. “I don’t know,” he shrugs. “He is quite hor­ri­ble to be hon­est. But there is some­thing you want to follow – he is wan­der­ing around, almost with­out any mean­ing, and yet he gets in­volved with peo­ple even more ghastly than him. You sort of get ad­dicted to where this ran­dom­ness will take him next…”

The Com­plete Ac­ci­dent Man, from Ti­tan, is avail­able to buy now.

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