Steve Niles, Marcelo Frusin take over ‘Kick-Ass’ with issue #7

After a decade of kicking ass, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. hand over the reigns to their creator-owned title.

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. returned to the world of Kick-Ass this year with a new title and a new character under the mask. And now, with issue #7 of the series, the duo will bring in a new creative team — Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin.

“When we sold Millarworld to Netflix, the one and only downside was not being able to write more Kick-Ass with my new executive role, and so I did the next best thing—I got my favorite writer to continue Patience Lee’s adventures,” said Millar. “Steve Niles is without question my favorite writer in comics, and I rank 30 Days of Night as my favorite graphic novel of the last 20 years. I’m honored he’s taken the time to do this and slightly in awe that, like Jeff Lemire on Hit-Girl, he’s already outclassed me on this book. I finally get to enjoy Kick-Ass as a reader!”

Millar and Romita launched Kick-Ass back in 2008, introducing readers to Dave Lizewski, a “real world” teenager who wants to become a real-life superhero. He teams up with other costumed vigilantes like Hit-Girl and Big Daddy, a ruthless daughter/father team, and together they fight the mob. The comic spurred two movies, as well as additional comic book sequels and a Hit-Girl spinoff.

“I’m lucky enough to work with Mark again, but even luckier to have worked on Kick-Ass again, as well,” Romita said. “Every time someone worries that the same old, same old is in line for another go ’round with a title, Mark Millar completely crosses people up with something completely different. My attempt on every new panel, page, and story is to do something different. I think Peter Steigerwald and I have managed to do that, and Peter’s brilliant color art is so vital to that difference. Overall, the three of us have provided something unexpected, and in all humility, excellent! I’m proud to have worked with Mark, Peter, John Workman and editor Rachael Fulton on this Kick-Ass title and so thrilled to hand the reins over to Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin. I’m confident these two great talents will grab a hold and run with Kick-Ass seamlessly. I can only speak for myself, but I will severely miss this lady in the Kick-Ass costume. Pretty sure Mark and Peter agree.”

Kick-Ass #7 will kick off a new storyline and is due out in September.

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