Mark Millar Sending His New Comic MPH to President Obama and Every US Senator
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.20.2014
A story of street kids from Detroit who gain super powers…
The Spectator spoke with comic creator and writer Mark Millar, who is sending his new comic book title MPH to President Barack Obama and ever US Senator in Washington this week.
Millar was inspired to write the story by his travels through Detroit on a book tour and observing the financial issues plaguing the city. The story follows four 19-year-old Detroit kids who stumble across a new drug that gives them super-speed. Instead of battling super-villains, though, the kids use their powers to take down bankers, corporations, and crooked politicians.
Miller said on the title: "Superman came out of the last Great Depression and the Marvel heroes were created in the heat of the Cold War, so I wanted my latest superhero book to be reflective of the world unfolding around us now. We live in a period when the gap between rich and poor has never been wider and I wanted to tell a story about that power-balance being flipped around."
The film rights for the book were recently purchased by producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura (Transformers). Miller is also issuing a call-to-arms, saying: "As entertaining and fun as these fantasy realm and comic-book bonanzas are to put together we should worry more about the citizens of places like Detroit than we do about Asgard or Metropolis. That's why we're sending a copy of this book to President Obama and every senator in Washington DC this week and we'll do the same again once the movie gets made.
Millar continued: "It's important to keep the story of Detroit and all the other forgotten tragedies in America's march forward very much in the public consciousness. It's easy to go unnoticed if you aren't rich or these problems have been going on so long that nobody's talking about them anymore. It's my privilege and responsibility as a writer to bring them to your attention in the only way I can. What better manner to catch your eye than via one of these big, crazy Hollywood franchises nobody can escape from at the moment?"