Mark Millar has officially revealed (via THR) that Kick-Ass is coming back to comics, though this time there will be a brand-new hero underneath that green mask.
Instead of Dave Lizewski taking to the streets as the crime fighter, now it will be a young black woman.
Though no further details were offered, it’s clear the character will have an entirely different approach to the ideals of being a hero.
“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture,” Millar said.
“I don’t think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up comic or watch a movie. Being older or younger or female or African-American just seems more interesting to me as a writer because this character is quite unique and opens up story possibilities that hasn’t been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass.”
Millar will once again right the series with original artist John Romita JR. returning to draw for the comic which will now be an ongoing series instead of a mini-series.
“Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting,” Millar said. “Every four volumes or so I want a different person in the mask. Sometimes it might even only last a single volume or even a single issue.”
In addition, Millar confirmed a new Hit-Girl ongoing series with artist Rafael Albuquerque. He will write the first story arc for the series before Deadpool writer Daniel Way takes the reins.
Both comics are expected to ship their first issues in January of 2017.