Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are reuniting for a new Kick-Ass series, but they're kicking out title star Dave Lizewski for a new black, female character. Announced via The Hollywood Reporter, Kick-Ass: The New Girl will feature an as-yet-unnamed new character taking over the superhero role. This series, as well as a new Hit-Girl with DC's "Rebirth" Batgirl artist Rafael Albuquerque, is planned to launch in January as monthly ongoing titles - a first for Millar in his creator-owned endeavors.
“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture,” said Millar. “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.”
According to THR, the new series will bet set in a different city than previous volumes, and will feature a new supporting cast as well. No mention was made of the original Kick-Ass appearing in the title.
“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.”
Romita Jr. reunites with Millar after working under an exclusive deal with DC illustrating Superman and the upcoming All-Star Batman. Millar states that Romita has "committed" to work on Kick-Ass for three years, all of which Millar plans to write.
“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," said the writer. "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.”
Launching alongside Kick-Ass: The New Girl in January is Hit-Girl by Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque. The duo worked previously together on the creator-owned series Huck, and Albuquerque is currently drawing DC's Batgirl. Last month Millar announced a 'call to artists,' looking to hire someone to draw Hit-Girl for $10,000-per-issue after the original, unnamed artist on the project backed out.
Albuquerque is the solicited artist for Batgirl through September's third issue. The artist informs Newsarama he is illustrating both series concurrently and has already completed the first three issues of Batgirl, but describes his run on that series as being six issues in length, which without fill-ins would take him through December's Batgirl #6.
Former Wolverine writer Daniel Way will reportedly take over the Hit-Girl writing duties from Millar after the first arc. Millar described Albuquerque as the ongoing series' regular artist to Newsarama.
Both Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass: The New Girl will launch in January, and are planned as monthly, ongoing titles - a first for MillarWorld titles. Although THR also doesn't name a publisher, all previous Kiss-Ass and related projects have been published by Marvel's ICON imprint for creator-owned titles.