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The best spy of the British Crown is dead, and now it’s up to his nephew Gary to save not only England but the rest of the world as well. In the final chapter of “The Secret Service”, Gary decides that in order to find allies he must look for them not in the official ranks of the secret service but rather in their training facilities. That’s why he recruits many of his classmates, and together they lead one final, desperate, even suicidal attack to the enemy’s headquarters.
Gary’s strategy is brilliant. His frontal attack is only a distraction: at the same time, he has one of his guys in the stratosphere attempting to destroy the secret weapon of the enemy and a group of tech specialists deactivating the weapon on firm land.
Besides Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars”) and William Shatner (captain Kirk in “Star Trek”) and other famous Hollywood stars, this time we get to see Patrick Stewart (captain Jean-Luc Piccard in “Star Trek: the Next Generation”). What could all of these Hollywood stars have in common? And why were they abducted at the beginning of the miniseries? Mark Millar has found a way to balance pop culture references, parody and homages in one sweeping narrative.
Although, it seems to me, that there is something else going on here. Millar has explained that when he was 12 years old he sent a letter to Dave Gibbons, suggesting to the legendary British artist to work on a new series created by himself (the kid had promised that he could do something even greater than Watchmen, which Gibbons had just finished drawing). Obviously, back then Dave Gibbons knew that no 12-year-old could write anything memorable, but he still replied with a very encouraging letter. Millar had to wait for decades until he was one of the most important and influential authors of the industry, and finally he had the opportunity to work in a project with Gibbons. Millar has expressed his admiration for Watchmen, and just like the secret plan of Ozymandias demanded the kidnapping of certain scientists, artists and thinkers throughout the world, the plan of the antihero in “The Secret Service” also demands the capture of cultural icons. In both cases, the prisoners are kept alive for a very specific purpose. I’ve really enjoyed this parallelism, which happens to have a very humorous approach.
Dave Gibbons draws some very good pages, like the ones that depict the final and violent confrontation between Gary and one of his opponents. The scenes of the worldwide orgy, deemed in the comic as “19 minutes of world peace” are also priceless. And thus, this miniseries comes to an end.
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