One of comedy’s most exciting rising stars, Saturday Night Live breakout Taran Killam, is venturing into the world of pen and ink with his debut comic book The Illegitimates (which hits stores on Wednesday).
Here’s the hilarious premise (co-penned by Marc Andreyko): After the death of a James Bond-esque super-spy named Jack Steele, a secret organization turns to five of Steele’s bastard children — sired by the women he haphazardly romanced during his adventures — to form a new spy team.
If it seems crazy that no one has told this story before, it is. “It’s such a trope of those spy movies — he’s always left with the lady of the moment on the beach, or in a car wreck,” Killam tells EW. “He was not carrying a condom with him on the island of Dr. No.”
Killam is a self-described fanboy of comics and says he’s never been prouder of anything else creatively in his life. “Christmastime in particular, I got a comic in my stocking and would build my collection through that, or [I’d] at least discover a new title and continue it on through the rest of the year,” says Killam. “The fact that Wednesday I can walk into a comic book store and see my title on a shelf is the most thrilling thing.”
Interest piqued? Intrigue prickled!? Enjoy an exciting preview of Killam, Andreyko, and Kevin Sharpe’s first two issues of The Illegitimates below! (Issue No. 1 is available Wednesday; No. 2 comes out Jan. 8, 2014.)