I think you could argue that in some ways it was the image of Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl in the 2010 Kick-Ass movie that set off the current era of fighting heroines in film. While Hollywood had shied away from female superheroes as much more than cheesecakey stuff, a little girl who slashed throats as well as any man was a fresh take for the mainstream, and Hit-Girl quickly became a cosplay favorite.
Of course Hit-Girl was born in the pages of the Kick-Ass comic, by Mark Millar and John Romita. A reboot of Kick-Ass with a female protagonist was recently announced, and now Hit-Girl is getting her own ongoing ComicBok.com reports, using the direct Bat-line to Millar they’ve recently established.
Millar will write the first arc of the book, with artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. However various pals and (a very few) gals will take over, with Kevin Smith writing the second arc. Frank Quitely, Rafael Albuquerque, Pete Milligan, Eduardo Risso, Daniel Way and Kim Jung Ji also on board.
Aside: it would be nice to see some real life kick-ass wmen artists take on Hit-Girl don’t you think?
As with Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl will come out through Image and both are exempted from Millar’s Netflix deal.
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.
Also here’s the solicit text and covers by Amy Reeder, Kim Jung Gi, and Rafael Albuquerque.
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.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.