Mark Millar has done something extraordinary to his titular character ‘Kick-Ass’… he’s giving the superhero a new look, a new gender, and a new background. The Eisner Award-nominated writer (Civil War, The Secret Service) is showing his support for diversity in comics by making Kick-Ass an African-American female.
“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.”
In Millar’s reimagining, this is a different Kick-Ass, a different city, an entirely new story. And the writer gives a brilliant analogy as to just who is “Kick-Ass”?
“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 clarified. “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.”
The new Kick-Ass series will feature art by co-creator John Romita Jr. and Rafael Albuquerque will draw for Hit-Girl. Millar intends on scripting the first story arcs and then passing writing duties off to Daniel Way (Deadpool, Wolverine).
It almost seemed inevitable that Millar would someday return to the Kick-Ass series. While working on some incredible material (Jupiter’s Legacy, Starlight), the writer sounds as if this was in the making.
“I really just missed Kick-Ass. It was a funny book because it was about a guy who had no powers, no gadgets and wasn’t very good and yet it was massive. We had two movies in our first five years, games, merchandise and so on. It’s been three years and Johnny and I both just really missed the concept. It’s fun to write and after all the fantasy and space opera and vast budget superheroes, it’s actually been amazing to get into something grounded again.”
Look for Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to debut January 2017 as monthly titles.