KINGSMAN

 
Full Name: Gary "Eggsy" London
Nationality: British
Organization: Kingsman
Occupation Agent

Creator: Mark Millar , Dave Gibbons
Time Span: 2012 - 2017
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is an agent with the Kingsman agency.
       The Kingsman is a part of the British intelligence community. Some say it is just a division of MI6 while others indicate it is its own branch, taking on the jobs that are far too tricky for the mainstream groups to handle. To the agents who call themselves a Kingsman, it is more than a job; it is a way of life. To be a Kingsman is to be able to step into any spot of trouble with cool and panache and resolve the matter with the greatest of grace and style. Cool takes its cue from a Kingsman.
       There are, truth be told, two versions of Eggsy, one in the original adventures told in graphic novel format and one told in celluloid and later recounted in comic books. Even the last name of Eggsy, as he is most commonly known, is different. One version has it being London and the other being Unwin. One has Eggsy being the nephew of the man who would train him to be a Kingsman and the other says he was the son of the fellow agent who saved his mentor's life. Which of these is true is really unimportant except to purists and it is unlikely to be any real agreement.
       So we look at the basic concept of Eggsy and just enjoy his adventures.
       Eggsy, whether he be related to his recruiter/trainer, is a teenaged almost-a-man who is increasingly prone to getting into mischief. Without a father figure, since his dad died in the line of duty as a Kingsman, Eggsy was left without someone to box his ears when they really needed a good thumpin'. There is no doubt that anyone having the misfortune to deal with him, other than his mates, would consider Eggsy nothing but a hooligan.
       But he has talents, as his soon to be teacher sees. "Potential" is the way it is put. Others might call him a diamond in the rough but boy does he need a lot of polishing.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2017

1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Written by Tim Wagonner
Copyright: 2017

Novelization of the second movie in the series: "With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…"

MOVIES

Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2017

1 Kingsman: The Secret Service Kingsman: The Secret Service
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Actors: Colin Firth as Harry Hart, Taron Egerton as Eggsy, Mark Hamill as Professor Arnold, Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine, Michael Caine as Arthur
Released: 2014

Harry Hart is a Kingsman, a secret spy agency. He learns the son of an old friend is getting into trouble with the law. He offers the young man, Eggsy, a chance to make something of himself by learning what it means to be a Kingsman.

2 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Director: Mathew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Actors: Taron Egerton as Eggsy, Julianne More as Poppy, Colin Firth as Harry Hart
Released: 2017

From IMDB: "After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'."

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:3
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2016

1 Kingsman: The Secret Service Kingsman: The Secret Service
Published by Icon/Marvel
Contributors: Mark Millar (writer), Dave Gibbons (artist), Matthew Vaughn (co-plotter), Angus McKie (colorist)
Copyright: 2012

A six-part mini-series later released as a graphic novel. As Jack London is looking for the mad scientist who has created a gas that turns everyone into maniacal killers, he also takes under his wing the son of his close friend. Young Eggsy is getting into all sorts of trouble so London thinks he might make a Kingsman.

2 Kingsman: The Big Exit Kingsman: The Big Exit
Published by Playboy
Contributors: Rob William (writer), Özgür Yildirim (artist)
Copyright: 2017

A single adventure (6 pages) in Playboy (Sep-Oct 2017), released just before the second movie. Eggsy is assigned to transport via train through the Chunnel the £100 billion paid as part of Brexit. A gang masquerading as French mimes wants to take it from him.

3 Kingsman: The Red Diamond Kingsman: The Red Diamond
Published by Icon/Marvel
Contributors: Rob Williams (writer), Simon Fraser (artist)
Copyright: 2017

A six-part mini-series (in progress) - Eggsy is still quite rough around the edges but he is determined to find who kidnapped Prince Phillip and in so doing will find an even bigger caper underway.

MY COMMENTS

       I really loved the Kingsman series and I also really went back and forth as to which version of the Kingman to "adopt". The original comic book miniseries was so drastically different from the movie but it was a hoot to read and the movie was a hoot to watch and I loved 'em both.
       Could I decide which road to take? Obviously by the About the Series that I wrote, nope! Just kinda glossed over the differences and went to the meat of the series. Eggsy is a hooligan with potential who gets trained in the way of the Kingsman and learns it well but even while he is a Kingsman and becoming ultra-cool, he is still a lot of a hooligan. Being a Kingsman and being cool is obviously a process.
       Personnally I took to Eggsy's mentor, be he called Harry Hart or Jack London, more than I did to Eggsy. But Eggsy does grow on you, kinda like a fungus. But the good kind.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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