In an age where most movie series are reboots, sequels, or adaptations, John Wick is one of the few movie franchises to be based around an original concept. Now that the first two movies are substantial low-budget successes, the Keanu Reeves-led franchise is spreading its wings into the medium of comic books.
The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled a pair of covers for the first John Wick series from Dynamite Comics. The series, written by Greg Pak (Planet Hulk) and illustrated by Giovanni Valletta (Lord of the Jungle), will tell the story of how Wick first became an assassin for the Continental and rose to prominence as the “Boogeyman” of the assassination economy. Pak shared his enthusiasm for the project in a statement from Dynamite:
“I was on board pretty much as soon as I got the call and heard ‘John Wick’ – I’m a huge Keanu Reeves fan and loved the John Wick movies, which had the kind of kinetic action and intriguing mythology that seemed like a perfect fit for comics. I’m also always happy to work with my friends at Dynamite, who are always a pleasure to make comics with. And the art I saw from Giovanni Valletta blew my mind — he’s totally nailing Keanu Reeves’ likeness while creating emotional, dynamic, exciting action. This book is going be beautiful. But what really sealed the deal was when Dynamite Editor Anthony Marques said we had the greenlight to tell a John Wick origin story. That was astounding to me — we’re not just telling another fun adventure with the character; we’re actually going to be able to add to this character’s and world’s tremendous mythology by telling an origin story! What could be cooler than that?”
For those of you keeping track at home, the series is indeed the canonical backstory to the movies, and the creators of the movie franchise have given Pak and Valletta their blessing along the way. You can see the two covers for the first issue below:
The comic book series will arrive starting in September. Both John Wick and its sequel are available on home video formats.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter