Mark Millar Is Bringing Back Kick-Ass with a Black Female Superhero

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - 2:20PM
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - 2:20PM
Mark Millar Is Bringing Back Kick-Ass with a Black Female Superhero
Kick-Ass is returning in a whole new way. Mark Millar is reviving the beloved comic series, but this time, instead of Dave Lizewski, the series will follow a black female character who will carry the Kick-Ass mantle.

As debate rages on about the lack of diversity in comics and other geek media, Millar is making an active effort to remedy the lack of representation for women and people of color. There are no details on the character yet, except that she's a brand-new character who will be accompanied by a whole new supporting cast, and will live in a different city from Dave Lizewski. Millar cited social justice, as well as creative rejuvenation, as the reasons for the change:

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"Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture," Millar said. "I don't think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up comic or watch a movie. Being older or younger or female or African-American just seems more interesting to me as a writer because this character is quite unique and opens up story possibilities that haven't been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass."
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He also described Kick-Ass as a legacy character, who can be represented by many different people, similar to other sci-fi characters like Doctor Who:

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"Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who, where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting," Millar said. "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."
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It's worth noting that neither Doctor Who nor James Bond has had a person of color or a woman take up the mantle (although Idris Elba has been rumored as the next Bond). Hopefully these franchises will take their cue from creators like Millar who are making an effort to improve representation in geek properties.

Millar is re-launching both Kick-Ass and its spin-off, Hit-Girl, both of which are expected to launch in January, and cites nostalgia as his primary motivation:

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"I really just missed Kick-Ass. It was a funny book because it was about a guy who had no powers, no gadgets and wasn't very good and yet it was massive. We had two movies in our first five years, games merchandise and so on. It's been three years and Johnny and I both just really missed the concept. It's fun to write and after all the fantasy and space opera and vast budget superheroes it's actually been amazing to get into something grounded again."
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