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Mark Millar is relaunching Kick-Ass with some diversity

06.22.2016

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Mark Millar is relaunching his popular KICK-ASS franchise and is bringing racial and gender diversity along with him as he completely changes the title character to represent those who are under-represented in comics. Rather than stick another white dude under the mask, as he initially did with nerdy Dave Lizewski holding the Kick-Ass superhero role, Millar will be introducing a black female as the lead under the title KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL. 

Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture. 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.

And Millar just dropped the mic on all the haters who believe comics can and should be only one way while also offering up valid reasons for his creative choices that even the most die-hard, one-way thinkers would have trouble arguing against. In yo' face, haters. 

The new KICK-ASS will take place in a new city with an entirely different crop of characters surrounding his heroine. To Millar, it is less about telling one continuous and connected story than it is about opening up doors for himself as a storyteller to explore those which keeps things fresh and interesting and exciting.

Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who, where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting. 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.

John Romita Jr., who co-created KICK-ASS, will be back to draw the books, committing to the property for the next three years. But Kick-Ass isn't the only character getting a relaunch. Hit Girl will be getting a fresh spin-off as well with Rafael Albuquerque handling the drawing. Millar will be behind the first creative story arc there before giving way to Daniel Way as the regulr author. 

Both books are being primed for release in January.

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12:32PM on 06/23/2016
I suppose thats another way of making more money. Go with the hip and happening trend of being more diverse. YAWN!
I suppose thats another way of making more money. Go with the hip and happening trend of being more diverse. YAWN!
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11:23PM on 06/22/2016
I personally never felt the need to be represented anywhere, I just like good stories. Kick-Ass is a shitty story, though. It's one of Millar's more blatant attempts at massive shock value that's filled with nothing but jump-scares and manufactured controversy. I really miss his old shit and wish he wasn't constantly writing toward trends.
I personally never felt the need to be represented anywhere, I just like good stories. Kick-Ass is a shitty story, though. It's one of Millar's more blatant attempts at massive shock value that's filled with nothing but jump-scares and manufactured controversy. I really miss his old shit and wish he wasn't constantly writing toward trends.
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10:58PM on 06/22/2016

Too be honest...

There is no need for this to happen. Just leave Kick-Ass as is and create a new hero that is of ethnic origin. This whole "we need to make all of our existing heroes change into something else" is getting ridiculous. Thor gets turned into a Female, Captain America is Hydra, and Kick-Ass is now black and female. There's been talks of many other characters being switched to something else. Soon Batman is going to be Transgender and Filipino and Wonder Woman will be a Frog.
I get it, they want
There is no need for this to happen. Just leave Kick-Ass as is and create a new hero that is of ethnic origin. This whole "we need to make all of our existing heroes change into something else" is getting ridiculous. Thor gets turned into a Female, Captain America is Hydra, and Kick-Ass is now black and female. There's been talks of many other characters being switched to something else. Soon Batman is going to be Transgender and Filipino and Wonder Woman will be a Frog.
I get it, they want to have more diversity with their superheroes. I'm all for it. But changing iconic ones isn't the key. They can go into their back catalog of heroes that aren't going anywhere and change them all they want. There's no reason as to why they can't create new heroes that are of other races and gender.
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9:10AM on 06/23/2016
Changing the iconic ones isn't the key? Well, let's be honest here, the comic industry and by default movie studios do not give a shit about diversity. If they did, they would have been creating black superheroes, female superheroes, gay/trans superheroes from the very beginning (or at least late 90's). These companies care about high profits and a healthy bottom line.

So why then spend the money for someone to come up with a brand new character, with a brand new status quo, and then
Changing the iconic ones isn't the key? Well, let's be honest here, the comic industry and by default movie studios do not give a shit about diversity. If they did, they would have been creating black superheroes, female superheroes, gay/trans superheroes from the very beginning (or at least late 90's). These companies care about high profits and a healthy bottom line.

So why then spend the money for someone to come up with a brand new character, with a brand new status quo, and then spend more money trying to market that character to the mass public in order to make the new comic profitable. Whereas, and this has been proven time and time again, that they can just reboot their current characters to fit into a new diversity model, spend less on marketing and then reap high profits.

Look at the book sales of Thor, Sam Wilson's Cap. America, Miles Morales Spiderman, etc. You can say you don't like it all you want, but people are buying these rebooted versions. Marvel and DC are turning a profit on these ideas. So as much you don't like it, it's still an idea that works.

Whereas, name one character that was introduced by DC or Marvel in the last decade, who is either female or any ethnic origin other than white, and is currently a prevalent character under either banner.
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8:56PM on 06/22/2016
Oh, FFS. Seriously. My head hurts.
Oh, FFS. Seriously. My head hurts.
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8:12PM on 06/22/2016
I'm just glad he's starting from scratch instead of continuing with that disaster of a story that was the original run. The second Kickass trade was basically Millar refusing to admit he painted himself into a corner
I'm just glad he's starting from scratch instead of continuing with that disaster of a story that was the original run. The second Kickass trade was basically Millar refusing to admit he painted himself into a corner
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6:33PM on 06/22/2016

Meh

A young black chick, is not diverse.
A young trans albino asian female dwarf with down syndrome. Now that's diverse! Where's that superhero!?
A young black chick, is not diverse.
A young trans albino asian female dwarf with down syndrome. Now that's diverse! Where's that superhero!?
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9:01PM on 06/22/2016
I'm too lazy to Google. Which movie was that from again?
I'm too lazy to Google. Which movie was that from again?
11:23PM on 06/23/2016
Not from a movie. From my comedy genius mind.
Not from a movie. From my comedy genius mind.
5:21PM on 06/22/2016
I don't mind a new person taking on the Kick-ass persona, nothing wrong with that (miles Morales for SM) but keep in mind, Hitgirl was pretty integral in the series so it's not like they never had a strong female character.
I don't mind a new person taking on the Kick-ass persona, nothing wrong with that (miles Morales for SM) but keep in mind, Hitgirl was pretty integral in the series so it's not like they never had a strong female character.
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