Woke up, made a cup of tea, switched on the computer and a big email from Johnny with the final pages of the Kick-Ass conclusion, Kick-Ass 3 #8. It's actually quite an emotional thing to see the final few pages of a comic that literally changed your life. Kick-Ass was not only a dream project for Johnny and I, something we did for free for the first year until the cash started coming in. But the success of the book and the subsequent movies, collections, international editions, toys, T-shirts and Pez dispensers gave us a chance to have that thing all writers and artists crave - complete freedom to write and draw the comic-books you really want to make.
Those 28 issues of Kick-Ass (and it really has just been 28 issues in total) have been very good to us and it's quite sad to see it wrapped up, but also satisfying as we got to tell the story we really wanted to tell. It was tempting to let it run and run, but I'm so happy with the ending, the last couple of issues being my favourites of the whole run, and it's just a really good place to leave Dave. His journey has been from a wee guy who lost himself in a world of superheroes because he didn't like himself very much and it ends with him heading towards a Dave Lizewski he always wanted to be and thus doesn't need the alter-ego anymore. Does he live or die? All I'll say is that it's what would happen in real life, this being a story based upon that conceit. But it's a good ending and as sad as it'll be never to write Kick-Ass or Hit-Girl again it's great to have written, back in February, the closing four pages I actually typed up eighteen months before the first issue was published. You'll understand when you read it.
Kick-Ass 3 #8 is out next month, double-sized at 42 story pages, and Jupiter's Legacy #5, the conclusion of volume one, is likewise extra-sized and out at the end of Summer. I finished these months back, but recently finished Starlight #6 and will be wrapping up final tweaks on MPH over the next week or so too. That means the 2015 plans can begin in earnest now, but a tip of the cowl to Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl as we prepare to say our goodbyes after six very happy years.