Mark Millar bringing Kick-Ass comic back to life, but with a major twist

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Jun 23, 2016, 10:31 AM EDT

Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass comic series was great, and he brought the epic saga to an end back in 2014. But Kick-Ass is coming back to life — it just won't be Dave Lizewski under the mask.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms Millar and John Romita Jr. will be kicking off a new chapter in the Kick-Ass saga, focused on a young, black woman who takes up Kick-Ass’s mantle. Millar likened the character to James Bond or Doctor Who, noting he’d like Kick-Ass to become a legacy character with a different person in the title role every few volumes. This series will also be set in a new city with a fresh supporting cast.

Millar said he and Romita have missed the Kick-Ass universe and believe putting this fresh twist on the concept is the perfect way to bring in new readers and provide some excitement. Plus, a bit of diversity can never hurt.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture. 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.

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.”

What do you think of the Kick-Ass shake-up? Check out a bit of preview art below and let us know what you think:


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)