RedEDITOR'S NOTE: With "Red" hitting theaters October 15, we're kicking off the next two weeks of coverage with five days of guest columns from writer Warren Ellis, co-creator of the 2003 "Red" comic book with artist Cully Hamner. Join us all week for original columns from Ellis that will look at the origins of the comic, his favorite scenes, and much, much more! -RM

If You Like "Red," You'll Love...

Would you like some graphic novels that are, like "Red," all about spies, liars, guns and things exploding? 'Course you bloody would. Let me give you a few suggestions.

Probably the best graphic novel series about spies is the "Queen and Country" sequence created and written by Greg Rucka, working with several artists. "Queen and Country" is a very grounded and grim look at the work of the British Secret Intelligence Service, which might be better known to you as MI6, and one of its field operatives, Tara Chace. Read More...

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Red - Bruce Willis and Karl UrbanEDITOR'S NOTE: With "Red" hitting theaters October 15, we're kicking off the next two weeks of coverage with five days of guest columns from writer Warren Ellis, co-creator of the 2003 "Red" comic book with artist Cully Hamner. Join us all week for original columns from Ellis that will look at the origins of the comic, his favorite scenes, and much, much more! -RM

Warren Ellis' Most Anticipated Moments In The "Red" Movie

Things I'm looking forward to seeing in the "Red" movie, when I finally get to see it (I can't make it to America this month, so I'm missing the prequel. I'll probably have to watch it on cable some time in 2014, with a bowl of tear-dampened popcorn in my lap);

The fight in the office in Langley. Because I was there for part of that. By which I mean I spent a couple of hours watching Karl Urban's stuntman throw Bruce Willis through a desk. Again. And again. While Mr. Willis' stuntman drank coffee and watched. Read More...

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Warren EllisEDITOR'S NOTE: With "Red" hitting theaters October 15, we're kicking off the next two weeks of coverage with five days of guest columns from writer Warren Ellis, co-creator of the 2003 "Red" comic book with artist Cully Hamner. Join us all week for original columns from Ellis that will look at the origins of the comic, his favorite scenes, and much, much more! -RM

ADAPT THIS

Things it would amuse me to see (that would probably terrify my friends):

I would find it really interesting to see someone like Paul Greengrass adapt Brian Wood's Viking graphic novel sequence "Northlanders" for film. Greengrass likes realism and a good location, but he isn't all about the location in supremacy (heh) to the actors — the people are the focus. Read More...

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Warren EllisEDITOR'S NOTE: With "Red" hitting theaters October 15, we're kicking off the next two weeks of coverage with five days of guest columns from writer Warren Ellis, co-creator of the 2003 "Red" comic book with artist Cully Hamner. Join us all week for original columns from Ellis that will look at the origins of the comic, his favorite scenes, and much, much more! -RM

ON THE SET

Cully got to visit the set in warm and wonderful New Orleans. They liked Cully. Cully's a clever artist what draws the pretty pictures. Me? I got sent to Toronto in the middle of their worst winter in years. They were building shelters for the homeless out of frozen hipsters on Yonge Street, and my hotel was on full-on ice-zombie lockdown.

I'm not fond of Toronto, and I hope that when my friend Steve Murray becomes Mayor of that benighted town, the executions are both rapid and significant. Read More...

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RedEDITOR'S NOTE: With "Red" hitting theaters October 15, we're kicking off the next two weeks of coverage with five days of guest columns from writer Warren Ellis, co-creator of the 2003 "Red" comic book with artist Cully Hamner. Join us all week for original columns from Ellis that will look at the origins of the comic, his favorite scenes, and much, much more! -RM

WHERE IT STARTED

There's an old story that's been doing the conspiracy-theorist rounds since God was a boy, and it goes like this...

When a new Pope is invested, he is taken into a small room and shown footage and other evidence from an actual no-sh*t appearance of the Virgin Mary. This is called a "BVM Apparition" amongst those interested in The Weird, and this particular instance involves the old girl explaining how the end of the world is going to come about and how none of us can do anything about it and we're all buggered.

The Pope is supposed to leave this room having secret knowledge of the Apocalypse, and he's not allowed to tell anybody. The notion being, of course, that this is the measure of the man: he knows the worst thing in the world and has to deal with it. Read More...

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Jonah HexEDITOR'S NOTE: With "Jonah Hex" hitting theaters this weekend, I enlisted longtime "Jonah Hex" comics co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti to share his thoughts on why the character has endured in comics and pop culture for so many decades. -RM

Justin Gray and I have been writing the monthly "Jonah Hex" comic book for DC Comics for over five years now, and its still going strong. A lot of people ask us what the appeal of the character is to readers, and I like to think the appeal happens on a number of levels — some not so obvious.

With the series published now, each and every issue is drawn by the greats in the comic industry, and these stories are told in single-issue fashion, so non-readers can pick up any issue and get brought up to date about the who, what, and where of the character. But when a person looks at a drawing, the brain decides in a split second whether the image is of interest to them — like it or don’t like it, cool or not cool. One look at Jonah Hex and most people think, “Ew, what the hell happened to his face?” This is soon followed by “But he does look cool,” and finally, “What's he about?”

And it's that last stage where the story comes in. Read More...

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Mark MillarWhen moviegoers finally get a chance to see director Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass" this weekend, they'll leave the theater begging for another ass-kicking courtesy of the characters created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

While another "Kick-Ass" outing isn't immediately on the horizon just yet, our esteemed Splash Page Guest Editor has the next best thing to satisfy your "Kick-Ass" fix — reading recommendations!

Once you've regained consciousness from the roundhouse kick of awesome that "Kick-Ass" is sure to deliver, Millar recommends the following comic book reading experiences to keep your "Kick-Ass" cravings satisfied. Read More...

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Kick-AssOver the course of his long comics career, "Kick-Ass" co-creator Mark Millar has scripted the adventures of a wide variety of superheroes. Still, the newly minted Splash Page Guest Editor revealed that much of the inspiration for his creator-owned hero's ass-kicking tale came from the big screen, not the comics world — which is sort of fitting, given Dave Lizewski's upcoming live-action debut.

In Millar's own words, here are the movies that inspired him while creating "Kick-Ass" the comic and factored into director Matthew Vaughn's live-action adaptation of the series, as well as the role each movie played in making the series' everyman hero a star on both the page and the screen. Read More...

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Mark MillarYou know what the world needs a little more of? Hype for the "Kick-Ass" movie. Hell, I know there's other stuff going on in the world like the economic crisis, government elections here in the UK, and all that... blah blah blah. But I feel what the man in the street is really talking about is Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman's adaptation of the comic-book I created with the brilliant John Romita Jr.

Listen in to any American family talking around the dinner table, any bar you walk into right now, any pillow talk between lovers, and you'll only hear an excited back and forth about the sheer awesomeness of Chloe Moretz's performance as Hit-Girl. Eavesdrop at a bus-stop, and I bet you dollars for dimes even people who've never met before are discussing Aaron Johnston's charming and sympathetic portrayal of the titular character.

Why? Because this is more important than jobs, taxes, interest rates and all that stuff I click past to read our reviews. This is what really matters, and with that in mind I am proud to announce that the brilliant MTV Splash Page is doing a "Kick-Ass" movie week and has installed me as their Guest Editor. Read More...

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Mark MillarIn 2003, writer Mark Millar gave us the story of a cubicle jockey who becomes the world's greatest assassin in "Wanted."

In 2006, he pitted Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of Marvel's greatest heroes against each other in a "Civil War" that rocked the publisher's universe.

And in 2008, he brought us "Kick-Ass" — the story of high-school slacker Dave Lizewski and his quest to become the world's first superhero, even if he gets beaten senseless along the way.

Now, the celebrated comic book creator is your Guest Editor here on Splash Page for "Kick-Ass" Week — and what a week it's going to be! Read More...

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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