50 years ago this year one of the most riveting and bonkers TV series aired in the UK. 17 episodes later and a surreal (that’s shorthand for ‘I haven’t got the foggiest idea of what I’ve just seen’) final episode that saw Patrick McGoohan’s No.6 escapes from what seemed to be some kind of Gestapo like retirement home for spies and it was all done. I doubt even the producers of the original show could fathom juts how popular it would become and how much of a cult hit is still is today, with fans form all over the world travelling to North Wales and the Italian inspired town of Portmeirion.
Well, if there was anyone who could capture the heady late 60’s vibe and tune us all back in, it’s Peter Milligan who’s no stranger to the more bizarre story or two himself with his own mad run on Shade The Changing Man as well as his work in the UK small press scene many years before that seminal series, on the likes of Paradax and later in 2000AD on the crazy classics as Hewligan’s Haircut.
Here’s what Peter Milligan had to say of this new venture:
For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me,”
So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world. And how cool it is to imagine that while I’m writing this new iteration of the Prisoner, I am at least for a while… number one.
Milligan will be joined on this new ‘re-imagining’ of this classic series by Colin Lorimer (The Hunt) on art duties.
Titan’s The Prisoner hits stores in 2018, and will be available to pre-order from an upcoming edition of Diamond PREVIEWS. Register your interest with your local comics retailer now!
So, until then, be seeing you.