Magic Order

Netflix Drops Trailer for Their Comic Book Debut The Magic Order

Netflix is getting into the comic book business.

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Ever since Netflix set out on its mission to dominate popular culture, nary a week has gone by without the mammoth streaming service dropping a new trailer for a series, limited event or film. This week is no different, but the trailer for The Magic Order is not a series or a film: it’s Netflix’s first foray into the publishing world.

The Magic Order, created by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Olivier Coipel (House of M), is Netflix’s first comic book project. The six-issue series is the first project to debut after Netflix acquired Millarworld last August. At the time, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee. We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”

As seen in the animated trailer, The Magic Order focuses on a secret order of modern-day magicians who keep the world safe from supernatural threats, to the point that most normal people have no idea that anything unusual is afoot in the background of their lives.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Millar described it as “The Sopranos meets Harry Potter,” and explained the genesis of the idea: “As a kid, I always used to rationalize the fact that there were no monsters (since nobody’s ever seen a monster or caught one on camera), with the idea that there are people who take care of this, and that’s why you never see it. So the idea is there’s a family of wizards who have been around for thousands of years and they take care of bad stuff. They live among us as stage magicians and other eccentric jobs during the day, but at night, they get together and take care of problems.”

The first issue of The Magic Order hits comic book shops on June 13th.

(via Entertainment Weekly, image: Netflix)

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