First announced back in June 2016, the Hit-Girl series is now moving forward - but with new creators. Former series artist Rafael Albuquerque has been replaced by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, according to Millar over at ComicBook, but with Albuquerque contributing a variant cover and plans to join the series later. Secondly, Daniel Way has been replaced by Kevin Smith as the the writer of the planned second arc.
"I’ve written the first big storyline, and this of course will also be the first graphic novel. But just like [Kick-Ass] this is an ongoing monthly we’re launching, and every big arc has a superstar creative team," Millar said. "I’m being followed by someone better by the name of Kevin Smith, and his idea is just so unique. Mine takes place in Colombia, his in LA, and every arc will be in a different country. Other creators lined up are Frank Quitely, Rafael Albuquerque, Pete Milligan, Eduardo Risso, Daniel Way. There’s an Asian artist I’m in love with call Kim Jung Gi, and he’s doing a big arc. It’s very high end. We’re spending a lot of money and just hiring people [I’m] obsessed with."
According to Millar, Hit-Girl #1 picks up immediately after the conclusion of Kick Ass 3, with Hit-Girl training a new Kick Ass. This series will be separate and independent from the new Kick Ass #1, which features a totally different title character taking up the mantle.
Hit-Girl #1 is scheduled for release February 21, 2018.