If you watched Jeff Wadlow’s 2013 sequel, Kick-Ass 2 you might have been permanently turned off from ever wanting to see or read another Kick-Ass story ever again. I don’t blame you. In comparison to the original film (which was directed by Matthew Vaughn) and the source material, Kick-Ass 2 was such a colossal failure, it basically killed any chances of audiences getting a third film or a spin-off, which is a real shame as Mark Millar is planning to expand the Kick-Ass universe in a major way.
Firstly, there’s the matter of Kick-Ass himself, or rather herself. Kick-Ass is being reworked as a legacy character, according to Mark Millar, meaning we’ll see multiple iterations of Kick-Ass like we have with James Bond, for instance. In this arc, Kick-Ass is a black female veteran and mother named Patience Lee who lives in the southwest. The new character is a pretty drastic change from the original Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski, a scrawny little white kid from New York who was still in high school when he first put on the mask.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Millar discussed the change, saying:
“The original four volumes of Kick-Ass, the Dave Lizewski story, got tied up a couple of years ago and this is a brand new character,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “I’d always wanted to do what Doctor Who or The Flash does and create a legacy character, Kick-Ass being designed for that. The idea is that he inspires other people to do what he did, just putting on a costume and cleaning up their neighborhood, and that’s what happens here.”
With a change in character comes a change in location, taking the central story from New York to New Mexico. “I wanted to shake up the setting a little and shifted the whole thing to New Mexico,” he revealed. “The lead is a woman this time, a mother in her early 30s with two young kids. She’s also a military vet who came home to find her life in a completely different setting from the way it was when she went to Afghanistan so the actual dynamic of the book is really different, but at the same time the flavor is identical.”
The new Kick-Ass will be coming to stores on February 24th, 2018, a full ten years after the original Kick-Ass was released. Additionally, Miller is working on his own Hit-Girl spin-off about little Mindy McCready taking her bone-crunching and ass-kicking with her around the globe. Scheduled for a February 21st, 2018 release, the new ongoing monthly’s first arc will be written by Mark Millar with art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. The story is described as:
“HIT-GIRL IS BACK! The pint-sized Punisher-meets-Polly-Pocket has left America behind and set off to serve justice around the world. First stop: Colombia. A mother seeking vengeance for the murder of her child enlists Hit-Girl to destroy his killer, but Mindy has bigger plans for Colombia’s most-feared hitman.”
Both stories will be released by Image Comics, instead of Marvel’s Icon, and Mark Millar revealed more about what he plans to do with Hit-Girl in a recent interview with ComicBook.com, including the reveal that none other than Kevin Smith will be writing an upcoming Hit-Girl 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. 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.
And although both stories are set to premiere in the same week, Miller is quite sure there won’t be any crossovers in the near future. The characters are all just too different now and deserve their own standalone stories.
No, not the new one. That’s entirely self contained. But we pick up exactly from the last page of [Kick-Ass] 3 and the wee guy Mindy’s taking on and training to be her new [Kick-Ass]. It’s very fun. I’ve actually enjoyed having [Kick-Ass] and [Hit-Girl] in separate books as they’re very different characters who need different types of stories. [Kick-Ass] is very grounded with a tremendous confidence. The character plays by superhero rules because the character is a comic fan. But [Hit-Girl] is basically tiny Frank Castle, so you can’t do that every month, where one is knocking people out and their partner is shooting them in the face.
This is most definitely Mark Millar’s year, having just sold Millarworld to Netflix, with plans to develop a number of different movie, TV, and comic book ideas. He assures us that Kick-Ass (which comes out February 24th) and Hit-Girl (which comes out February 21st) are just the beginning.
Images: Marvel, Icon, Image, Entertainment Weekly
Source: Comic Book