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Mark Millar and Netflix's 'Sharkey the Bounty Hunter' Hitting Comic Stores in February
Mark Millar is continuing to build out his Netflix universe.
The comic book writer behind Kingsman and Kick-Ass has set Simone Bianchi as artist for a new comic book series Sharkey the Bounty Hunter, which is from Millarworld and Netflix. Image Comics will release it in stores and online on Feb. 20, 2019.
The series takes place in a sci-fi universe from Millar and focuses on a blue-collar bounty-hunter who uses his rocket-powered ice-cream ruck to track down bad guys throughout the galaxy. He and his ten-year-old partner are looking to bring in their biggest bounty yet.
Netflix, which purchased Millar's Millarworld last year, previously announced it was developing a Sharkey film from 21 Jump Street screenwriter Michael Bacall. This is the third comic book series announced from Netflix and Millar, with other titles including The Magic Order, released this year, and the forthcoming Prodigy.
"When I joined Netflix on staff last year we had this crazy plan of a big sci-fi universe of movies and Sharkey is the first of these,” Millar, president and CCO of Millarworld, said in a statement. “The Magic Order is our fantasy/ horror franchise, Prodigy is our big adventure movies and Sharkey kicks off a whole world of sci-fi that’s just a great action comedy in the style of all the movies I grew up with. I love blue-collar heroes and I like the parent/ kid dynamic from movies like Paper Moon or Leon The Professional and, of course, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. This is all the things Star Wars or Marvel can’t get away with."
In July, Netflix ordered two drama series and three feature films — including Sharkey — based on Millarworld properties. Netflix's roster of new comic book properties comes as Disney is gearing up to launch its Disney+ streaming service, which is being positioned as a competitor to Netflix. Netflix still has a roster of Marvel TV shows, and has brought series such as Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders to the small screen, but he streaming service has recently trimmed its roster of Marvel shows, canceling both Luke Cage and Iron Fist last month. Meanwhile, Marvel competitor DC has already launched its own SVOD service, DC Universe.