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It’s been a blockbuster year for comic book writer Mark Millar.
However, it’s unlike Millar to ease up on his workload, as he and John Romita Jr return to Kick-Ass next year, although with a couple of changes.
Firstly, this new series will be with Image Comics as opposed to the traditional Marvel imprint Icon.
But more pertinently, series star Dave “Kick-Ass” Lizewski will be passing his vigilante mantle to a black female army veteran named Patience Lee, who is also the mother to young children, adding an emotional angle to the character.
Millar explained the shake-up in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and, as Millar states, his interest in legacy characters and the type of inspiration that comes with passing the torch from one generation to the next.
“The original four volumes of Kick-Ass, the Dave Lizewski story, for tied up a couple of years ago and this is a brand new character,” Millar explained.
“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 neighbourhood, and that’s what happens here.”
With the new character in Patience Lee comes a new location, taking the central story from the traditional New York setting to New Mexico.
“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 flavour is identical.”
With the Millarworld/Netflix deal, Millar will develop properties base on his comic series for TV and movies, as well as publish new comics under the Netflix banner, essentially turning the online streaming service into a fully fledged comic book publisher.
It’s an exciting time for fans of Millar’s work, and for what the future holds for Netflix going forward.
The new Kick-Ass #1 will go on sale 24th February 2018 to coincide with the series 10th anniversary.