Over the years of existence of Millarworld, Mark Millar’s sprawling collection of titles at Icon and Image, Millar’s insisted that they’re all connected even though logically, it didn’t necessarily make sense. It was hard to envision books like “Jupiter’s Legacy” and “Nemesis” interacting in any real significant way, and those are more modern titles. How would a book like “Wanted” fit in there?
Well, today, with the release of “Kick Ass 3” #8, Millar took to his Millarworld forums to officially explain and, well, I can’t really do that, so I’ll let Mark himself do that below (SPOILERS for those looking to read “Kick Ass 3” #8 first):
Now Kick-Ass wraps today and explains it all. Basically, the books fit into each other as so…
*WANTED explains how the world used to have superheroes, but in 1986 they were all defeated and the bad guys made us forget the heroes ever existed in the first place. We remember the heroes simply as pop-culture characters, that red cape hanging up in the Professor’s lair in Wanted #2 belonging to…*The Utopian from JUPITER’S LEGACY. Jup’s Leg is a series of movies and comics that exist in the real world and which Superman and all the Superman imitators over the years have tried to remember. But the Utopian is the one who actually existed, though he now only exists as a comic-book and (COMING SOON as it says on the boards) movie character.
*KICK-ASS is about a kid who lives in this world without heroes, but who loves them so much that he BECOMES one. The bad guys rule the Earth, posing as billionaires and world leaders now, but Dave still believes and loves in heroes. He’s the tipping point. He’s the beginning of the next wave of these guys and as we saw in the closing pages of Kick-Ass 3 #8 the SUPER-POWERED characters who replace him are starting to appear. A kind of superhero Darwinism, probably increasing the chances of more superheroes exponentially with every one that appears. The first of these is…
*NEMESIS who is referred to here in the closing pages as the cop killer in Japan.
*MPH who are referred to here as the four kids breaking the sound barrier on foot
*And finally SUPERIOR. Simon, the kid with MS who stars in the book, can be seen leaving the theatre near the end of this issue, Dave holding the door open for he and his friend, essentially passing the hero baton along for him to pick up and then we pull back to see the opening scene in Superior where Simon and Chris are exiting Superior 5. Superior is another character who will appear in JUPITER’S LEGACY at some point as this is the magical world where he’s summoned from in the story and…
*…SUPERCROOKS takes place in this world too, hence the two posters on the cinema wall.
He goes on to explain that eventually everything will connect, including – unbelievably – “American Jesus”, but it’s clear that he’s working everything in even though some of the connections like “Supercrooks” feel pretty damn tacked on. Two posters? Come on now. A little thin, Mark.
That’s okay though. It’s interesting to see how it all ties together, and I must admit, I’m excited at the prospect of Superior returning in “Jupiter’s Legacy”, as I enjoyed the hell out of that character and book. Good on Millar for really, truly trying to connect his own universe, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues to build going forward.