The official creative team behind the John Wick comic book series has been announced. And when it comes to original, modern day action franchises nowadays, it’s hard to think of any that have received quite as much critical acclaim or as strong of a fan following as the John Wick films have. Beginning in 2014 with the first John Wick, the series invited audiences into a world of underground assassins and coded messages that had never quite been seen on the big screen before, led by Keanu Reeves’ Wick in a game-changing role that helped to bring the actor back into the limelight once again.
The series’ success only then continued this year in John Wick: Chapter 2, which despite losing one of its original co-directors in David Leitch, went on to be called one of the greatest action movie sequels in history. Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, the sequel followed John as he was roped into another mission by an old ally from the past, who quickly turned into the latest target in John’s seemingly never-ending pursuits of vengeance.
While there’s still quite some time to go before the third John Wick hits theaters, fans can finally learn the origin story of Reeves’ ruthless hitman in a brand new comic book series. And in a new announcement today by Dynamite Entertainment , it has been revealed that writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk), and artist Giovanni Valletta (Dark Horse Presents) will be the two men leading the creative direction behind the Wick prequel comic book series. It is slated to launch currently on September 6th.
The comic book series will take place years before the events of the first John Wick film, following John as a young man, who after being released from prison, starts on his first mission of vengeance. But when his mission leads him into contact with a strange and powerful community of assassins, John must learn how to master the Book of Rules that acts as a kind of guide for their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And ultimately, who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga?
While the chance to learn more about John’s past, and how exactly he became known as the Boogeyman amongst the assassin community is an alluring one, this comic book series will still have to ride a fine line when it comes to just how much it reveals about John and the films’ intriguing secret society. After all, one of the best aspects of both of the John Wick films has been their minimalistic approach to doling out information or explanations. So yes, the opportunity of getting to see how John first meets Ian McShane’s Winston is exciting to think about, but here’s to hoping the comic book series doesn’t take away too much from the mystery that’s been beating at the heart of this franchise so far.
The John Wick comic book series will launch on September 6th.
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