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From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making! A British secret agent feels guilty about never spending time with his deadbeat sister and takes his wayward nephew under his wing after he's arrested in the London riots. The boy is heading straight for a jail cell until his uncle steps in and tries to give him a new life,From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making! A British secret agent feels guilty about never spending time with his deadbeat sister and takes his wayward nephew under his wing after he's arrested in the London riots. The boy is heading straight for a jail cell until his uncle steps in and tries to give him a new life, training him to be a gentleman spy. Gone are the garish street clothes and chunky jewelry, replaced with a Savile Row suit and bulletproof umbrella as he travels the globe to uncover a plot that links the kidnapping of the world's most famous sci-fi actors with a plot to eradicate 90% of the human race....

Title : The Secret Service: Kingsman
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ISBN : 9780785165460
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Secret Service: Kingsman Reviews

  • AhmedEjaz
    2018-10-09 18:37

    I am disappointed here. The plot seems like a great spy-comic. And great it was but still things were off for me. One of my problems here is the way of picturing protagonists, Jake and Gary. They look almost alike! There is a big age difference but still, I couldn't distinguish between them. Overall, I would recommend this comic. It's not a great one, but not a bad one either. The reason I read this was its on-going comic series; Kingsman: The Red Diamond. Now I can start that. And hope I would enjoy that more than this.

  • Jeff
    2018-09-19 14:30

    Imagine if James Bond had a wayward, street wise nephew that he took under his wing and brought into the spy business. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? You could play it straight or tongue-in-cheek and both techniques could conceivably work. Try mixing these two approaches and you could have a disaster. Millar tries to straddle both methods and it’s not a total failure, but the tonal shifts are jarring.What’s to likeIf nothing else the main characters are well conceived and for the most part, believable and in spite of the off skew writing, you become invested in what happens to them. This is the strength of the book, that and the humor. Sadly, they don’t play well together.Sayonara, (view spoiler)[ Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker (hide spoiler)]. The way he meets his demise is hilarious. Gruesome, but hilarious.Some nice nerdy humor.What’s not to likeThe goofy, caper-ish, cartoony, kill-billions-of-people scheme that glues this volume together.(view spoiler)[ William Shatner (hide spoiler)] is actually on board for this scheme. Bastard!NOTE: Goodreads didn’t have the cover of the collected volume to pick from. This is the cover of one of the single issues.

  • TL
    2018-10-10 16:39

    2.5 stars overall---Well, very different from the film in most ways.Book different from the fim? Shocker! ;-PI expected that but I was expecting the names to stay the same for some reason haha... perhaps blame it on me only hearing of KINGSMAN from the film and not knowing the graphic novels existed till awhile afterwards. Wasn't paying attention I guess :).Needless to say, I loved the film. It was fun, and the cast had a great chemistry together (have such a crush on Harry Hart) but somehow never got around to reading this until the trailer for 'Golden Circle' came out. One of those 'Why Not?" moments and ordered it off Amazon.The story was interesting in some parts but mostly lackluster for me. It jumped around alot in and some cases it felt like things were missing and rushed. The artwork too I wasn't impressed with for the most part... had a hard time wrapping my head around how a few of them were looking (biased from the film? A little but at the same time... Eggsy and his mom especially, looked weirdto me and not 'in sync' with how they drew Jack).Jack London was just as interesting as his counterpart in the film, would have loved to know more of his backstory... a whole series on him would have me shelling out the money.The villain in this was a good one like Valentine but more, not pathetic exactly... lackluster perhaps instead? I was rooting for him to his comeuppance but overall felt no strong emotions toward him. *Minor spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the film as well*Good points:Jack LondonEggsy's character development was greatEggsy kicking Dean's behind is shown moreSome of the humorThe Spy GadgetsNot-so-good- points:Most of the artworkNo Roxy or Merlin from the film (come on, they are awesome! can you blame me?)Story could have been fleshed out moreMaybe if I had read this before the I saw film I would have liked it more? Perhaps not *shrugs* I only started reading some graphic novels a couple years ago so Kingsman still might not have made it on my radar for awhile anyway.I didn't entirely hate this but for me, it could have been so much better. Bit of a mixed bag really.

  • Alan
    2018-10-17 18:19

    The only reason I read this last night was because milady took us us out for a double feature last Saturday night (50 Shades of Gray and Kingsman). After reading this last night I'm edging closer to one conclusion.Matthew Vaughn's movie version of Mark Millar's comics are better than comics. Vaughn made the only X-Men movie that I've liked so far out of the the three I've seen on DVD, and I liked the Kick-Ass movie more than the comics. With The Secret Service it might be that I liked the movie more because Vaughn decides to take the premise of a gentleman spy movie and play it a bit more as a parody. I certainly never thought I'd see Collin Firth pull off an action role, and be so good at doing it. The movie's basic bad guy plot is the same for both the movie and the comic. Gary remains a likable enough character, and arguably the comic does a slightly better job of showing Gary's maturation process. There are some Easter Eggs in the script for fans of old British spy television shows.At the same time I have to give Millar some credit from going away from his usual shock and awe school of of writing that he has indulged himself in the past few years. I'm not a prude but good story telling is not always about trying to shock your or repulse your reader. Perhaps, like Gary, Millar is growing up a little bit.

  • Jokoloyo
    2018-10-13 14:28

    I don't see The Secret Service as a spy thriller story but as a YA coming of age story. Well, Millar's style of coming of age. It is the good point of start. There are other secret agent parodies with children or teenagers as main protagonist. There is similar theme with XXX movies that set adult rebellious adults as USA secret agents. But this book takes a further step, a delinquent British Secret Service agent.I am not impressed with the antagonists, the standard secret organization. They are dangerous (a mad visionary leader with high tech, goons that properly trained), but somehow pathetic. The lack of details in the plot are suitable for children. The bloody violence scenes are not. The jokes are for older generations (view spoiler)[by mentioning Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars series. You could guess some of anonymous kidnapped actors are not for teenagers of 2010s (hide spoiler)]. So, I am confused... what is the target market of this book?

  • Martin
    2018-10-18 19:42

    It was with cautious optimism that I picked this one up, and I'm glad to say it not only exceeded my expectations, it also redeemed Mark Millar in my eyes. Back in the heyday of The Ultimates, The Ultimates 2, Wolverine: Enemy of the State: Enemy of the State Ultimate Collection, and The Authority Vol. 2, Mark Millar was one of my favourite writers. The over-the-top plots, the witty (and occasionally off-colour) dialogue, and the crazy action set-pieces all helped make these books favourites of mine, books that I will go back and re-read every once in a while. But then over time, in his subsequent books, I noticed that he was recycling some of the same stunts and that the frequency of characters calling each other morons or retards was on the way up. And then there was the shock value factor. At times it felt like he was writing some of this stuff just to see how far he could go. It can be argued that because of his own imprint - Millarworld - he can go pretty far indeed, and as long as people buy his books, why should he change anything?His Millarworld titles are hit-or-miss with me. Superior was okay, Kick-Ass was juvenile, the inappropriate - and even more juvenile - Kick-Ass 2 turned me off completely. It's like Millar thought his readership was comprised exclusively of male teenagers. On the other hand, Wanted, Nemesis and Supercrooks were all fantastic. So, as you see, it could have gone either way with this book. The super-spy origin story, the mysterious abductions, personal redemption, ultra-cool spy gadgets, and the Bond villain with his dastardly plan all helped make this a very fun book. Most importantly - at least for me - Millar seemed to have restrained himself with the cheap put-downs and the shock & awe. The main character goes through a major transformation, and achieves the potential he always had but was never encouraged to pursue.The story serves as a set-up for a franchise, and if Millar does write more books for this series, hopefully they will be just as fun, and not geared towards the Kick-Ass demographic.

  • Chelsea(A Very Bookish Girl)
    2018-10-17 16:25

    I had some high hopes after enjoying the movies, this was kind of boring.

  • Eric
    2018-09-17 20:43

    I was unaware the upcoming movie Kingsman: The Secret Service was based on a graphic novel until I saw this in my local comics shop, but had to pick it up when I saw Mark Millar's name on it (And, bonus, the artist is Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame). This is typical over-the-top Millar, taking a known quantity -- in this case the spy genre -- and "putting it up to 11", creating a warped coming-of-age story only he could imagine. It's similar in a lot of ways to what he did with superheroes in Kick-Ass and with assassins in Wanted, but better, as this story has a tighter focus and is fully resolved in this six-issue arc.

  • Tamahome
    2018-10-14 14:15

    Mark Millar pushes my buttons again. It's got the usual wish fulfillment and pop culture. Lots of heads blowing up though. Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame does the art. The director of Lock Stock and Two Barrels contributed to the plot. I think it's going to be a movie. It's nice to be Mark Millar.

  • Jesse A
    2018-10-16 19:34

    I would say not Millar's best work but still pretty passable. Some interesting ideas. Would have probably been great as the start of a new series.

  • Clarissa
    2018-10-02 16:16

    What?! No Roxy or Merlin?!There are a lot of different details but it's the same basic story. Overall, I enjoyed the film more.

  • Bekka
    2018-10-17 12:36

    Read this as a sort of warm up for Kingsman 2 tomorrow night, and thought it was brilliant! The film was adapted from this story, and while there's a lot of plot changes, be it character connections, character descriptions and back stories, the main story remains the same. As violent and sweary as a Deadpool comic, and a good, fun story! Why is this not a huge running comic, with multiple stories?!

  • Carolyn
    2018-09-23 17:33

    Yesterday I happened into a Starbucks attached to an Indigo and someone had left this sitting on the table so I picked it up and was half way through by the time my associate showed up, so of course I had to buy it ... (insert sigh here).Well Ian Flemming meets the Zucker Bros. Toss in the artwork by Watchmen's Dave Gibbons and that about sums this up.Gangland Boy going nowhere is taken under his "secret" not so secret spy uncle's wing and comes out the other side of his "training" and saves the world.There are many cute one liner gimicks used throughout. Lots of name dropping including such as pop culture icons as William Shatner and Mark Hamill.This was a fun little roll in the hay with some clever moments. I think however this would have been better served if it was either full out satire or a serious spy thriller instead of being the fence sitter that it is. It was however captivating enough that I could not put it down and had to buy it once started. 3 1/2 *'s if I could.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-10-02 20:20

    I don't read a lot of graphic novels (comic books) any more save some Captain America and Avengers collections mostly out of nostalgia. I was also however a huge "spy-fi" fan in my youth (and now when I can find it). Happily it seems to be making at least a slight comeback with people rediscovering the Bond novels and Bond movies still going strong.Recently I saw the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, and liked it a great deal. So I decided to track down the graphic novel(s) it was based on.Not bad. This isn't the first GN I've read from Mark Millar and I didn't care for at least one of the others. here however we get some decent story telling, a little humor and good if not excellent art.All in all good. The book is I must say a little more simplistic than the movie (no really, it is) and the movie is in the end better. Still I think you'll enjoy this. Try it yourself.

  • Susannah
    2018-09-18 16:32

    I have enjoyed nearly all of the Mark Millar graphic novels I have read, and the film adaptations of them that I have seen. The same way that Kiss Ass subverted and took the piss out of the superhero genre, Kingsman does the same with spy films in the vein of James Bond. The villain plot is reasonably original (kidnapping sci-fi actors is a stroke of genius) however the climax is fairly standard, but I guess it has to be in a traditional 3-act structure. There are great moments along the way that made me laugh out loud: the villain's henchmen complaining about their nicknames, the parachute failure at the beginning. I have not seen the film yet (which stars Colin Firth) but I look forward to it.

  • AhmEd ElsayEd
    2018-10-07 18:39

    British cinema is Amazing and so this movieSo I will Read This book Later

  • Jon
    2018-09-24 17:38

    Kingsman isn't Millar's best work, but it does have a lot of his signature elements and is entertaining. It doesn't have the energy and fun nature of the film, but it was worth reading. I'm not sure if there are future Kingsman installments coming out, but I doubt I'd read another one and would probably see the adaptations instead.

  • Christa
    2018-10-11 13:35

    Perhaps I was expecting this to be more like the film (despite knowing they'd be very different), which I love, but overall I just didn't really enjoy this..

  • Gemma Williams
    2018-09-24 15:28

    This year, a film was released that quickly became one of my favourites. After leaving the cinema, I couldn’t stop smiling and talking about the spectacle I had just seen. I loved it so much that I just had to get the source material and read where the film had originated from. It was based on the comic, The Secret Service: Kingsman.Gary is just a normal young man who is feeling lost and hopeless. His home life is a disaster and he seems to be good for nothing more than causing trouble and being arrested by the police. Fortunately he has an uncle who can bail him out of trouble. Naturally, his uncle is fed up with having to do this and so finally offers to get him into employment – as a spy, so to speak. Meanwhile, celebrities are disappearing around the world.The story is fast paced and drawn clearly. It’s obvious what’s going on from panel to panel, who is there and where they are. A problem I sometimes find with manga is that the panels can be too busy and confusing, so it was a nice change to be able to understand everything and see clearly what was happening. It helped with the story telling and kept it flowing neatly.The artwork was pretty ugly at times and the characters seemed to have the same faces and features overall. It was hard to know sometimes if it was Gary or Jack in a scene, and some of the women would have really masculine faces, yet have the stereotypical large chests and be scantily dressed. Not all tropes need to be followed within every genre. Kingsman is full of testosterone and sexist views. Women are there as sex objects while the males are out saving the world. There was one female agent at Gary’s level that we see and she doesn’t speak a word. But, credit where it’s due – there’s an example of domestic violence and the effect it has on the woman and why she may not necessarily leave the relationship, bringing to light an important issue. There’s also the wedding massacre where somehow, a woman is the survivor. We’re living in the 21st century, can we not also have equality within these story lines too and move away from the Bond spy era? One thing this does combat is the view that ‘working class’ people are bad people or that they are stuck there. Instead it shows that, with that with the right opportunities, it’s possible to work your way up.The comic was enjoyable and I sped through it. I even forced myself to slow down, so that it wouldn’t be over too quickly. Once it finished, I was disappointed as I wanted more. It was full of twists and turns and the motivation behind the enemy’s actions will make a lot of people laugh. It could be because I’m biased after watching the film first, but though I enjoyed the comic, I think the film beats it tenfold.For more reviews like this, go to www.imwithgeek.comhttps://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4...

  • Aubrey
    2018-10-07 20:25

    A few weeks back I was invited to see a screener of the soon-to-be released (Feb 13, 2015) movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. I'm a trailer watching fiend and film junkie to the core, but I knew nothing of this movie. Having taken a gander at what it was about and who was in it (Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Samuel L. Jackson, as well as some fresh new faces) I decided to accept and went to see it with my husband. We've been invited to screeners before, most of them average flicks, but this one may be hard to beat as a favorite film of the year. I'm not even much for Bond movies but I'm all in on this one. Two of the best action sequences I've seen in a long time, good old fashioned British humor (my favorite kind), fun characters, and up and comers (I'm looking at you Taron Egerton) that just killed it. Seriously, if you like any of the above, go see the film when it comes out.But I digress. Here's the thing. This book was written by Mark Millar, author of (Kick-Ass), with the art by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and co-plotted by Matthew Vaughn. I'd bet all my money to say that these three knew (especially Mark and Matthew), going in, that it would be a film and likely that it will be the next and new replacement for the Bond series. Mark and Matthew have worked together before. Mark writing Kick-Ass and Matthew directing the film. It's no surprise they paired up again to do this graphic novel and adapt it to film. So having loved the film myself I thought I ought to read what it's based on. And sure there are differences from it and the movie. Movies and books they are based on shouldn't be exactly the same. They are different mediums and must be flexible to work best in that medium. And there were a lot of differences, many of them minor and a couple major. Ie: Samuel L. Jackson's character exists but not in the same way, there isn't much show of the other recruits undergoing training (which was an aspect I loved about the film), there isn't as much humor as the film (and this surprised me because Mark really nailed the humor in Kick-Ass), some gender and relationship differences but overall the mission was the same. Adding to that, though, every single change they made for the movie made it that much better. I enjoyed reading this. There were a couple of typos and if I had to pick, I'd pick the movie, but I'm glad I decided to purchase it so I could see the basis of the film and well, just read more by Mark. I don't know if I would have enjoyed this GN less if I had not seen the film, but I honestly don't care. I enjoyed it.

  • Dan
    2018-09-30 18:14

    This is just brilliant. I have thought for a while that Mark Millar is an excellent comic book writer but often needs someone to reign in his crazy side. Well fortunately king of comic book films Matthew Vaughn was involved to take that role. The Secret Service takes a very James Bond style with a large hint of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books too. Council-estate loser Eggsy is going nowhere with his life, regularly arrested and living with his Mum's abusive boyfriend. His Uncle Jack just happens to work for MI6 and is investigating a set of celebrity kidnappings. Jack decides to get involve and put Eggsy into the service's training system. Eventually Eggsy finds himself working alongside his uncle to tackle a threat which would change the world. I would say that this is properly one of the least original of Millar's books but it no worse off because of that fact. It takes the best bits of the spy-fi genre and adds some great additions, like a modern teenager being involved and geeky celebrities. Millar knows his audience and with the celebrities manages to add a geeky side to an otherwise non-geeky book. The art is great here too. I didn't really like the art style of Watchmen, also by Dave Gibbons, but here it is crisp, clean and realistic. Put simply, this is Mark Millar doing spy-fiction and if you think that sounds a good idea you will probably like this book as much as I did.

  • Todd N
    2018-09-18 17:34

    Ran right out and bought this graphic novel after seeing the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service before the X-Men movie and read it in a few hours.I think that the movie will be a lot more intense than the graphic novel. This is a bit more superficial with a jokey ha-ha plot, though Mr. Millar attempts to inject some serious undertones of class and domestic abuse and whatnot.I’d strongly recommend getting Queen and Country over this one if you want a more realistic British secret service type graphic novel. And then wait for the movie to come out.Still it was a pleasant enough diversion for a Sunday afternoon, though I must object to this recent trend of villains being white guys who happen to be good at computers. Weren't we teased enough during our childhoods? Can’t we have a bad guy who’s like, I don’t know, good at soccer or wrestling or at ease in social situations or something?

  • Ash
    2018-10-04 13:43

    I looooooooooove anything about spies! The Kingsman movie is my all time favourite movie, I've already seen it in cinemas 3 times so of course I HAD to have the comic the idea for the movie came from! They're super similar with only very small differences, I loved the movie more, but probably because it's more modern, there's women in the movie, the woman with the prosthetic legs omg perfection, in this it's a man, who doesn't feature NEARLY as much! The comic also doesn't focus much on the tests, which I loveddddd in the movie :) All round a super fabulous graphic novel and everyone should read it (and go see the Kingsman ASAP)

  • Liam
    2018-10-17 20:24

    I watched the movie when it first came out not realising it was based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar, since the movie was probably my favourite movie of the year I HAD to read where it all started!Kingsman: the secret service has a sort of James Bond feel to it with great humour and a great story! The way the story was put together worked really well, however I didn't really like the artwork so it took me a bit of time to get used to, so with a big chunk of a Graphic novel being artwork I gave this 4/5 stars! I definitely recommend it. Also the movie is awesome, go see it!!!

  • Yonaily
    2018-10-11 19:25

    This is my favorite escene from the movie.

  • Ian
    2018-09-19 13:17

    Plot ThummaryReleath the Printheth!Catht and CrewedColon Firth extheedth all ecthpectathionth.PrognothithCan Eggthy carry the nectht inthtalment thingle-handedly though?Quoteth (Beware the Kick-Arth Printheth Joke Thpoiler)(view spoiler)["We can do it in the arth-hole!" (hide spoiler)]

  • Annina | Blattzirkus
    2018-10-14 19:42

    All in all the movie was quite close to the graphic novel, although I prefer the uber crazyness of the movie. I kinda wish the graphic novel was a bit longer. 4 stars because of that and because of some characters I didn't like, sorry.

  • Sarah ~Sehrenity~
    2018-09-27 14:37

    Amusing read. I can see how they used some bits of this to create Easter eggs in the movie.

  • Jonas Carlsson
    2018-10-14 18:36

    I read this comic after having seen the marvelous and funny first Kingsman film. Like the Kick-Ass series, another Mark Millar comic adapted for the screen by Matthew Vaughn, the comic and the film share the same story for the most part, albeit with some major differences. Kingsman: The Secret Service follows street punk Eggsy who gets a chance to escape a life of poverty and juvenile delinquency by becoming a superspy, all while an extentric and nerdy villain kidnaps celebrities and has nefarious plans of his own. Just like Kick-Ass, the comic is full of crude humour, pop culture references, and shocking moments as only Mark Millar is able to write them. However, the comic really deals with themes of the value of family and social heritage. In the film, Eggsy is recruited by secret agent Harry Hart, who trained and knew Eggsy's father. In the comic, Eggsy is recruited by superspy Jack London - his ACTUAL uncle who wants to finally take responsibilty for his family. London is a great character - charismatic, skilled, and stylish, yet caring and dedicated - and the relationship between Eggsy and him is really strong due to their family ties and a definete highlight of the comic. The comic also touches on prejudice towards the lower class, how they are ridiculed in the media, and whether it is possible to use one's potential without compromising one's background and heritage. However, the comic is not perfect. While the action and panel layouts improve as the comic progresses, some of the action seems oddly stale in the first couple of issues. This has nothing to do with the writing, as there are some genuinely amazing action beats, but rather a panel layout that does not really help with building suspense. The artwork is overall good, but I think it would have served the story if it had been a little grittier, especially during the action scenes. Finally, the villain (here named James Arnold instead of Richmond Valentine) is totally serviceable, and I like the idea of a smart, yet nerdy villain, but he has nowhere near the charisma that Samuel L. Jackson had when portraying him in the film. While I still prefer the film, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Kick-Ass, James Bond and/or other spy stories, while also recommending it to fans of the first Kingsman film who'd like to see a different version of the same story.

  • Joana Veríssimo
    2018-10-18 20:41

    This is such a GREAT book and it's such a perfect read if you've watched the movie. It has what you love from the movie and the story has some similar things, but it had different things as well, so it still felt very newThe relationship between Gary and Jack was explored in a very interesting way, as well as their relationship with their family and neighborhood. And the training and missions looked really good and interesting (and set apart from the same things in the movie, which is very understandable, having in account the media of acomic is different from a movie).The villain was the the only thing that felt a bit weak in the book, we never got enough of development of his character... But just the fact that he is a Star Wars fan makes me happy!!!Really GREAT comic book!!! If you loved the movie, check this out; if you love comedy/action/spy stories, check this out as well!!! :D