♦ Comicbook.com just had details of a new ongoing Hit-Girl comic series written initially by Mark Millar and drawn by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, to join the new Kick-Ass series. Here’s the details and a small chat between comicbook.com and Millar himself…
ComicBook.com: Hit-Girl is back! What makes now the right time to bring her back?
On the one hand, the tenth anniversary and the relaunch of the series with Johnny Romita. But on the other I never wanted them to go away. We sold over a million copies of these trades around the world, and we’ve had two big movies and Halloween costumes and toys. [Hit-Girl] just hit big, but I was too busy with the other series and the company sale prep, but in this past year I could redress that.
Is Hit-Girl going to be all Mark, or are you letting the reins go a bit like you’ve done in the past from a writing standpoint?
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 call 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.
Will we see any crossover with the new Kick-Ass Series?
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.
Will this be a series or mini-series or will this be an ongoing in the truest sense of the phrase?
Oh it’s an ongoing. Both titles are ongoing monthlies. The second year of [Kick-Ass] is already being written, and I’ve bought three years worth of [Hit-Girl] all at once. There’s some great creators in there. All my favourites. I’m pretty much just commissioning beautiful books I want on my own shelves. This is going to be mega. There’s a lot going on in the background too which you’ll hear about over the next few months.