Teenage vigilante Hit-Girl is ready to make her big return to the pages of comics and she’ll be doing so in a brand new ongoing series.
As revealed by Comicbook.com, co-creator Mark Millar will be handling the first arc of Hit-Girl writing wise with Ricardo Lopez Ortiz on art. After that Millar said he’s reached out to a lot of fellow creators so that the book will be rotating out superstar teams of creators with each arc, with Kevin Smith stepping up to write the second after Millar.
“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,” Millar said. “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.”
While most ongoings do not come with any guaranteed amount of issues or stories, Millar revealed that both Hit-Girl and the brand new Kick-Ass, starring a single mother taking over the heroic identity, have creators and stories nailed down for the next few years.
“Oh it’s an ongoing. Both titles are ongoing monthlies,” Millar said. “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 favorites. 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.”
Debuting in February from Image Comics, the new Hit-Girl series is described in its synopsis as:
HIT-GIRL IS BACK! The pint-sized Punisher-meets-Polly-Pocket has left America behind and set off to serve justice around the world. First stop: Colombia. A mother seeking vengeance for the murder of her child enlists Hit-Girl to destroy his killer, but Mindy has bigger plans for Colombia’s most-feared hitman.
Despite both Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass getting new titles, there will not be any crossover between the two for the time being.
“No, not the new one. That’s entirely self-contained,” Millar said. “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.”
Hit-Girl #1 arrives on February 21, 2018.