Mark Millar’s newest series, The Ambassadors, will feature six different characters from six different countries vying to be granted superpowers in a story that is geared to appeal to audiences around the world, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Millar has teamed up with six different artists, Frank Quitely, Travis Charest, Olivier Coipel, Matteo Scalera, Matteo Buffagni, and Karl Kerschl, each of whom will draw one issue of the six-issue series. The Ambassadors will be published by Image Comics, with the first issue slated for March 2023.

The premise of the story is that the superhuman genome has been decoded, and a Korean billionaire has offered to turn six ordinary humans into superhumans who will then be called out to handle emergencies. This sets off a worldwide competition to be one of the six. Each issue will be set in a different country, with part of the idea being to make the comic attractive to readers worldwide. The characters may then spin off into projects of their own.

Millar sold his Millarworld portfolio of comics to Netflix in 2017 (see “Mark Millar’s ‘Millarworld’ Acquired by Netflix”), and he designed The Ambassadors with Netflix’s global audience in mind, opening the possibility that it could be adapted as a streaming franchise.

“The domestic audience is usually the main consideration for an American studio, especially opening weekend,” Millar told THR, “so having an entirely non-American cast of characters and exclusively overseas locations would be a hard sell if this was a traditional theatrical release, but I’m just as excited by Korea, India, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and France as I am about the audience in California or New York. It’s also exciting for Netflix as these are all growth markets.”

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