Now if you’re unfamiliar with the original Kick-Ass series then you might have been asleep a few years back. The hit series flew off comic shelves, led to a spin-off Hit Girl series, and even spawned two live action film adaptations. Now Millar and Romita Jr. will be returning to the world of Kick-Ass but with an all new hero under the mask. We don’t know the name yet but we do know that the new character is a Black female who takes up the mantle.
Not much has been revealed but Millar did have this to say in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter:
“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 haven’t been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass.”
Along with a new character we’ll be transported to a brand new city along with a new supporting cast as well. Millar mentioned that he sees Kick-Ass as a legacy character which is pretty cool and opens up quite a few possibilities.
“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.”
Kick-Ass will also be a monthly series which will have it’s first arc written by Millar with Daniel Way taking over writing duties after that. Hit Girl will also be returning with art from Rafeal Albuquerque.
I’m all for diversity in comics and the premise still sounds interesting enough but it would be nice to see some of that diversity in the creative teams as well.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and prepare to enter the world of Kick-Ass again January 2017!