On the heels of the news that Fox 21 and Hulu are going to team up for a television series based on Hitman the video game from IO Interactive, Dynamite is into its second issue of the Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman comic. Dynamite publishing is obviously hoping that the 25 million copies that the Hitman games have sold, and the $60 million that the Hitman films have grossed will translate into a success for the comics.
The Hitman franchise thus far has been centered around a cloned assassin who works for a covert international organization, who when he has been deployed has shown an impressive ability to neutralize any target no matter their station in life or how many.
That is where Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman comic departs from the rest of the franchise. In Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman you get to meet Subject 47 and his eventual handler, Diana Burnwood. In the present, they are a team responsible for some of the most ruthless yet imaginative, and untraceable assassinations seen on the screen, but in 1989 before they were operatives of the International Contracts Association, 47 and Burnwood were on their own parallel different paths in life. What Christopher Sebela and his team of artist Ariel Medel, and Colorist Omi Remalante have managed to do in issue #2 is lay down the groundwork that sets the course in which the parallel lives of Subject 47 and his Diana will eventually intersect.
As 14-year-old Diana Burnwood begins a mission to track down the people responsible for the death of her parents, she finds a new sponsor in the form of a crime boss eager to teach her new protegé a few tricks and how to get her hands dirty. 47, is struggling to free himself and his brother, 6, from the Institute of Human Betterment which has bred them as killers since they were children.
In the second issue of Agent 47 writer Christopher Sebela shows a capacity for world building, and character development, as Subject 47 and his brother 6 travel across the globe on one mission after another, and at the same time begin to assemble their plan of attack against the Institute that made them who they are.
Thus far Agent 47: Birth of a Hitman comic issues # 1 and 2 will definitely find interest from fans outside of normal comic readers, and definitely could inspire scripts for the upcoming television series.
I would recommend picking up a copy of issues # 1 and 2 when it hits stores for the read, however if you want to go for the longshot speculation, issue #1 has a Limited 1:25 Retailer Incentive Variant Cover F drawn by Philip Tan would be the way to go. Out of 5 stars I give it a 4, in that it is good enough that I want to pick-up the 3rd issue in anticipation of what’s to come.
(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Jonathan Lau