Mark Millar first published the Kick-Ass comic back in 2008 along with artist John Romita Jr.
The comic went on to inspire two movies featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Dave Lizewski.
Now Millar and JRJR are back ten years last as next month sees the release of a new Kick-Ass comic, which features the mantle having passed from Dave to a black woman named Patience Lee, a military veteran.
EW.com posted preview images from the new Kick-Ass comic and an interview with Millar.
Mark Millar also took to Twitter to offer up that if the Patience Lee Kick-Ass became a movie, that he wants Thor: Ragnarok‘s Tessa Thompson to play the character.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) January 17, 2018
Regarding Patience Lee in the new Kick-Ass comic, it’s noted Patience comes from quite a different background than Dave:
The big difference is that she’s immensely capable. I have a lot of fun playing with this in the story because Dave Lizewski was a good-hearted, ordinary loser who came home every night with broken ribs or a black eye and wasn’t especially well-trained. He just had good intentions. Patience is completely different in that she’s just back from Afghanistan and finds her life in a very unusual situation, one in which it makes sense for her to suddenly be dressing up in a green wetsuit and carrying a couple of sticks at night. Their personalities are just completely different, and being in her 30s and a mother gives the whole thing a completely different edge too. This is a military vet as opposed to a bored schoolboy, and she feels more in keeping with the more capable hero archetype of this decade. The ’70s lead was a man in touch with his feelings, the ’80s leads were hard-bodied and one-dimensional, the ’90s leads were animated funnymen, and the noughties leads were nerds. Dave Lizewski perfectly encapsulated the Tobey Maguire/Jesse Eisenberg era of leading men, but Patience is the very capable grownup we admire and want to be in this decade. I hadn’t even realized it until I’d written it, as these things are very subconscious, but the nerdy Dave just feels wrong for now, and the very effective, meticulous Patience just feels right. It would be boring seeing a teenage superhero just screwing up again. Seeing someone who’s really good at this and wearing that costume is actually really exciting and gives the comic a really different flavor, especially where we go with it.
Kick-Ass hits stores On February 14th.