Looking for more in the world of John Wick? We’ve already told you about the TV show coming out that will be taking place in the unique world of assassins that this franchise has built, and now the world is further expanding with a John Wick origin story comic.
What to expect in a John Wick comic
Writer Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and artist Giovanni Valletta will bring the beginnings of the Keanu Reeves' character to the page starting in September from Dynamite. It will be told in a flashback format that will keep in line with the current two films, as well as uncover more details about the world of assassins that have yet to hit the big screen.
John Wick is “a perfect fit for comics”
Pak had this to say in a statement released 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?"
Personally, I’m not as excited for this origin story as I am for the TV show. Giving us the backstory of someone like John Wick, whose mystery is part of the appeal, will only take away from the character. Piecing together what details we can about him is half the fun, and being handed all the information just takes some of the mystique out of the character. That being said, I certainly won’t say no to expanding the mythology of the franchise.