Pat Mills talks the return of Accident Man
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.