Hi everyone, Bryan here….
We already knew that the comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment had already worked a deal to bring the story of John Wick into the comic book world, but now we have a release date, writers, artists, and even some info on the story. John Wick is one of the best action films of recent memory. It spawned a recent sequel with both films making a ton of money and much critical praise. Not only does John Wick have spectacular stunt work and one hell of a story that follows a former assassin out to kill the people he once worked for, but this mysterious world John Wick is in has been living in is one that we’ve gotten glimpses of in the past two films, leaving us wanting more. This comic book will explore that world in more detail, which means more information on assassins, the hotels, and people who handle their business. I can’t wait.
Officially, John Wick the comic book will release in September of this year, which is only 2.5 months away. The comic books will be written be Greg Pak (X-Men, Hulk) and illustrated by Giovanni Valletta, and won’t be an immediate continuation of the 2nd film. Instead, we will get a John Wick origin story and and some of his first “jobs” as an assassin. It’s being described as part of the official movie canon, meaning this can take place inside the world of John Wick movies, but can feature any number of characters and time lines. Let it also be known that Lionsgate, Thunder Road, Keanu Reeves, and Derek Kolstad are super excited about this comic book and are fully behind it.
“I was on board pretty much as soon as I got the call and heard ‘John Wick,'” Pak said in a statement from Dynamite. “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?”
Let it also be known that there is a TV series planned for John Wick too, which I’m on the fence about right now. I’m hearing that Keanu Reeves will have cameo as Wick in the TV show, but won’t feature him, but rather other assasins and the world that John Wick thrives in. We’ll see how that goes, as there aren’t any cast, crew, or even networks involved yet.
With this comic book series though, we will get a big look into the world of John Wick and perhaps see some of the fun stories we’ve heard the movie characters speak about. I can’t wait to see how John Wick got involved in this job and his relationship with the automobile guy Aurelio (played by John Leguizamo) in the films. It’s going to be super fun and so far the artwork looks incredible. You can see both covers for issue #1 here.