Recently on social media, Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar was teasing a big announcement about the franchise. Some speculated that there could be another movie coming, however, it turns out the comic series is relaunching with a new hero.
When Kick-Ass #1 hits shelves February 24, 2018, Dave Lizewski will pass the Kick-Ass name to Patience Lee, a black mom who’s also an Army veteran.
Millar told Entertainment Weekly that he likes legacy characters and is inspired by heroes who are able to change characters.
“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 said “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.”
Patience’s story moves things from New York to New Mexico. Millar explained why the change was necessary.
“I wanted to shake up the setting a little and shifted the whole thing to New Mexico,” said Millar. “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.”
Kick-Ass #1 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. is available February 24, 2018.
What do you think of the new Kick-Ass being a black woman?