Mark Millar is returning to his teeny, tiny death machine, the teenage assassin Hit-Girl, in a new spinoff series from Kick-Ass — and like Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl is an ongoing series.
Seeing the teen killer go country to country doling out vengeance and justice as needed, each arc will be taken by what are promised to be some big names indeed, with Millar announcing the second arc is in fact being written by Kevin Smith.
Millar is writing the initial arc, with art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, which will be set in Colombia.
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.
When asked if the series will cross over with the recently announced new ongoing Kick-Ass series, which features a brand-new heroine in the leading role, Millar responded:
"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."
Of course, Millar talks about his new series with his usual excitable charm, as he talks about some of the talent lining up to take on Hit-Girl in the future, a veritable who's who of comics talent.
"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 called 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."
It's worth remembering that Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are not part of the major Netflix deal that Millar made earlier in the year, and that the series are making the move over to Image Comics.
In fact, Image will be the new home of printed editions of the original series, with the collected editions reprinted under the Image Comics banner from February 2018.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that the bestselling trade paperback collections of the hit comic book series, KICK-ASS by comic book legends Mark Millar (KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, HIT-GIRL) and artist John Romita Jr., will find a new home at Image Comics. KICK-ASS, VOL. 1-4 of the trade paperbacks will hit stores this February 2018—just in time for the February 10th anniversary of the series.
The beloved KICK-ASS series introduces teen comic book nerd Dave Lizewski, who dons his homemade Kick-Ass costume and takes to the streets of NYC to fight the city's hardest criminals. This New York Times bestseller became a worldwide phenomenon overnight, spending three months at the top spot on the Diamond Direct Market chart and spawning the KICK-ASS movie that opened at No.1 in the box office.
To celebrate the launch of the new KICK-ASS series, all four volumes of KICK-ASS: THE DAVE LIZEWSKI YEARS are being released through Image Comics. Relive what happens when Dave Lizewski asks himself "How come nobody's ever become a superhero before?" and makes his teenage superhero daydreams an ass-kicking reality.
A new ongoing monthly KICK-ASS comic by the series' original creative team will launch concurrently with KICK-ASS: THE DAVE LIZEWSKI YEARS, VOL. 1-4 trade paperbacks all hitting stores from Image Comics. Two weeks later, superstar character Hit-Girl also gets her own monthly series from the creative team of Mark Millar and Ricardo Ortiz.
The new Hit-Girl series will debut February 21st, 2018.