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New Kick-Ass will be a black woman

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Mark Millar made waves in the comics world this morning when he announced his plans to revive the hit series Kick-Ass, but with a new title character: Nerd-turned-superhero Dave Lizewski is out, replaced by a black woman.

Millar told The Hollywood Reporter, who exclusively debuted the new Kick-Ass, “Comics is not short of white males around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in pop culture.” The comic industry has faced criticism for the lack of diversity in superhero characters. 

This new edition will feature new characters and a new city, but Millar has remained quiet about the plot. The author wants to create a new Kick-Ass in the spirit of “James Bond or Doctor Who” and reinvent the character every “four volumes or so” with a new title out each month. 

The comic Kick-Ass originally released in 2008 and spurred two film adaptations starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass and Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl. The Hit-Girl comic series will also be revived. Both are expected to be released in January 2017.