Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass isn’t just making a return — it’s doing so without its main character, Dave Lizewski, in the Kick-Ass role. This time, the mantle is being passed on to someone entirely different.
Revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the new Kick-Ass monthly series will feature an entirely new supporting cast, and won’t be set in New York — but the biggest change about the series will be the fact that the person behind Kick-Ass’ green-and-yellow mask will be an African-American woman (although no further details about her have been released yet). Why the change? Millar — who will write the first arc of the series alongside John Romita Jr. on art, before handing over the reigns to writer Daniel Way — wants to make Kick-Ass a “legacy” comic, where the story comes before the identity of whoever is in the costume:
Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting. 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.
Makes sense, especially as, as Miller hinted at, this isn’t the first time he’s returned to the series after it originally ended in 2010; he spearheaded both a Kick-Ass 2 ongoing and a Kick-Ass 3 miniseries between 2010 and 2013. If there has to be more Kick-Ass to come, changing it up with a new lead and new setting is the least Millar can do. The next volume of Kick-Ass begins in January 2017 — alongside the first issue of a new ongoing Hit Girl series from Millar and Rafael Albuquerque.