Writer Mark Millar pours foundation for a universe

By

Mark Millar is wasting no time in hatching his own world and universe, moving like lightning to populate it with heroes and villains of his own creation.

They range from U.S. government-created speed demons fueled by illicit drugs in "MPH" to moon men, monsters and space cadets on dangerous missions in "Starlight."

The books are being published by Image Comics this year.

They're part of Millar's efforts to not just have creative control over characters and concepts that he's created, but to expand storytelling in the pages of comics with a more contemporary vibe and with real-world influences, too.

It's also key to his drive to create modern characters for a modern generation raised on classic tales but yearning for what he called "21st century" heroes.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.