On Monday comic book writer Mark Millar unveiled the first cover, as well as details of, Kevin Smith's Hit Girl: The Golden Rage of Hollywood story arc.
As you may have guessed if you're familiar with the source material, Smith's tale is based around the profanity-spewing pre-teen crime-fighter from Millar's Kick-Ass comics, who was portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz on the big screen adaptations. For Smith's story, Hit-Girl goes to Hollywood to fight Hollywood predators and, as Deadline reports, each issue of the four-part mini-run will be a tribute to a different era of cinema.
According to Deadline, almost all of Smith's story arc for the character was written as he recovered from the "massive" heart attack he suffered earlier this year.
“I wrote most of The Golden Rage of Hollywood Hit-Girl arc while recuperating after my health scare, so it was Mindy McCready and her bloody thirst for justice who helped me mend my broken heart,” Smith revealed. “Telling tales with Mark’s toys was an absolute pleasure, but having [artist Pernille Orum] bring it all to life makes this a must-read for me! Pernille’s style is like hot cocoa for the eyes and soul, so I’m ecstatic she opted to lend it to our pint-sized, pre-pubescent Punisher!”
And Smith's high praise wasn't the only fawning in the piece, as Millar revealed that he too was a fan of Smith. “Kevin is one of my favorite people in Hollywood,” said Millar. “He writes dialogue the way I wish people talked, and his intelligence and humor fits into this world just so perfectly.
"(...) I wrote him a fan letter over twenty years ago asking to see his Superman script and I was there when Clerks was screened in Scotland even before that, so you can imagine how delighted I am to be somewhere on the same credit page as this guy.”
Back in July it was announced that Millar came to terms on a deal with Netflix that would have him bring two shows and three movies to the streaming platform. Netflix also acquired 17 franchises from Millar's comic book publisher Millarworld, though that sale did not include Hit Girl, Kick-Ass, or Kingsman.
As for this Hit-Girl run, the first of four titles is set to drop in January 2019.