Last week, movie pitchman, carnival barker, and sometime comic book creator Mark Millar teased some big news about Kick-Ass and Hit Girl to be unveiled this week. The news dropped on Entertainment Weekly, and it turns out to be… news that was already reported back in June.
As we learned at that time, Millar and Romita were working on a new Kick-Ass ongoing, with a Black, female lead character. Entertainment Weekly's EXCLUSIVE adds a few new details. First and foremost, the book is no longer being published by Marvel on their Icon imprint, but by Image Comics instead. Patience Lee is the name of the new Kick-Ass, and she's described as a military vet and a mother of young children. Millar also expanded on his idea of Kick-Ass as a legacy character:
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. 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. I wanted to shake up the setting a little and shifted the whole thing to New Mexico. 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 book is set to hit stores in February (previously scheduled for January at Marvel). No word on the Hit Girl news Millar promised, or mention of the Hit Girl comic with artist Rafael Albuquerque. Maybe he's saving that for another EXCLUSIVE!
Speaking of which, here's some watermarked preview images for your enjoyment: