Writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita, Jr. are bringing the world of Kick-Ass back to the comics page this year, but with a decidedly modern twist. The first Kick-Ass was an ode to fan-boy wish fulfillment: a nerdy white teenaged boy who puts on a suit and fights crime. Kick-Ass: The New Girl is keeping the name and the costume, but the protagonist is black and female.
“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture,” Millar told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The new Kick-Ass will be an ongoing series, a departure from the two previous takes on the character which were limited series. Romita has signed on to draw the book for at least three years. Millar is also taking the opportunity to relaunch Kick-Ass‘s breakout star Hit-Girl with art from Rafael Albuquerque. Millar will write the first arc of that book before handing scripting duties over to Daniel Wray (Wolverine).
Both Kick-Ass and Hit Girl look to launch in January.