Mark Millar Launching Comic 'Prodigy' for Netflix

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New release centers on Edison Crane, the world's smartest man, who isn't content with running the world's most successful business.

Comic book author Mark Millar is teaming up with Batman artist Albuquerque for Prodigy, a new release that marks the prolific creator’s second title since setting up shop at Netflix.

Millar, the co-creator of such titles as Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman, sold his publishing company Millarworld in a much ballyhooed deal in 2017. His inaugural comic under that acquisition deal was The Magic Order, whose first issue was published June 13.

According to Netflix, which made the announcement, Prodigy centers on Edison Crane, the world's smartest man, who isn't content with running the world's most successful business: “His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he's become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can't handle. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of the world as he is to sitting at the top of the Fortune 500. These are the tales of the world's most exceptional man and this story marks his first published adventure.”

“I wanted to write the smartest thing I’ve ever written and at the same time top any action set pieces I’ve ever managed in the past and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out,” said Millar in his familiar enthusiastic patois. “Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career and I’m delighted that my genius friend [Rafael] Albuquerque is drawing the comic book side of all this. He’s really one of the best artists in the world.”

Prodigy will hit comic book stores via Image Comics as well as online Dec. 5.

Like all Millar creations, Prodigy is intended to be a franchise that will start as a comic book then be adapted by the streaming giant into other forms.

Millar and Albuquerque, who is also known for his work on horror comic American Vampire, have worked together before on Huck

Here's a variant cover for issue Prolific No. 1 from artist Ozgur Yildirim.