I am really looking forward to the release of the Kick-Ass 2 movie on Aug. 16, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, but until then the story of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl continues on the comic page with today’s release of Kick-Ass 3 from co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
There will be six interlocking covers on the first issue that combine to form a team image of Justice Forever with a message spelled out along the bottom of each issue.
Back in February, when Kick-Ass 3 was announced, Millar told Comic Book Resources:
“When I started Kick-Ass I knew what the final page of Kick-Ass 3 was going to be. It’s a very logical conclusion. Not everybody gets out of this alive, as I’m sure you might expect. If someone puts on a wetsuit, a pair of gloves, some Timberland boots and picks up a pair of sticks, they’re not automatically still going to be doing this when they’re 40. If you’re Batman, you’ve been trained by the masters, and you’ve got a billion-dollar technical budget and an SAS trained butler backing you up. If you’re Superman, your dense molecular structure means that bullets will literally bounce of your chest. If you’re Dave Lizewski — you’re basically screwed when things get too much. You just have to turn around the wrong corner one night, and you’re dead. So any one of these characters can die here, and there are deaths, but I’m saying nothing beyond that. It’ll tie everything up, and Kick-Ass 3 will be the big goodbye in print form. This will close the door forever on Dave, Mindy, Chris, Big Daddy, The Colonel and that lovable masked dog that’s been trained to bite testicles.”
Millar also made it clear that this really is the for Dave and Mindy and crew; he has no intention of churning out more volumes simply because they sell well.
“Yes, this is where the entire Kick-Ass saga wraps up. Kick-Ass 3 is the last of the books and brings the story to a close. Johnny and I had been talking about doing a Hit-Girl origin book, set back when she and Big Daddy were in their early days, but to be honest I found I could cover what I wanted to cover in flashbbacks here and just do what we did in the earlier volumes with fast-paced cuts to their training and so on. So the five volumes in total we’d been considering is now definitely four and I’m on issue five already. I wasn’t sure how I felt going into the last volume because, like Ultimates 2, it’s essentially saying goodbye to old friends forever. But I really feel super-charged. I can’t watch to switch on the computer in the morning. I’ve just filled this with everything I wanted to say about real-world superheroes and concluding Dave’s story just feels very exciting. The beautiful thing about creator-owned is that you can do anything you want. We’re never going to see these characters again [in comic book form], so I’ve got a license to go as mental as I like.”