Art: John Romita Jr. (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Dean White (colors)
Publisher: Icon Comics
Release Date: October 20, 2010
Perhaps the most anticipated comic book sequel just released today. Mark Millar's ultra-successful Kick-Ass saga continues, following Kick-Ass and Hit Girl after the events that transpired in the first run of the series. Previously, Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass) and Mindy MacCready (aka Hit Girl) defeat the mafia boss, Genovese, and leave the traitorous Red Mist unconscious. On the last page of issue #6, Red Mist quotes Jack Nicholson saying "wait until they get a load of me," foreshadowing Red Mist's return and the inevitable rivalry of Kick-Ass and himself. From then on, the realm of Kick-Ass begins to establish a world full of wannabe superheros, as well as super villains.
First of all, who knew that a story about a normal teenager trying to attempt to be a superhero be such a success? Of course, you have such characters like Peter Parker, who begins his superhero career in high school, and eventually becoming the amazing Spider-Man. But what sets Kick-Ass separate from other teenage superhero comics is that, unlike Peter Parker, the main protagonist doesn't have superpowers. Dave Lizewski never acquired any kind of formal combat training, he's not athletically built, nor is he a genius. He is simply a comic book nerd who ends up trying to live up to his childhood dream: to become a superhero.
What made the original Kick-Ass series successful was that Millar created this very harsh, realistic world in where the reader can somewhat relate to. You had a normal teenager who did normal, everyday things like going to school, browse on social networking websites, read comic books, etc . And even though he took on the mantel as the wet-suited Kick-Ass, Dave's whole journey was pretty much set to be totally satirical. The story began to poke fun at the whole regular guy to superhero genre, being an overall humorous tale of some absolute loser. But as the story progressed, the heroic satire began to take shape into serious, dark and violent tragedy. Of course, both main characters survived, but the epilogue leaves the story very open, which brings us to the series' sequel.
Although the first series had a very realistic tone (which was one of the main reasons for the comic's success), Millar ended up having a totally new superhero world in front of him, where he ended up going from a hero-less world, to a world full of heroes. After the events that took place in the first series, superheroes began to spawn everywhere. Regular people, such as a physics professor who calls himself "Doctor Gravity," began roaming the streets, fighting crime their own way. The world was filled with superheroes. But of course, there wouldn't be any superheroes without the existence of super villains, right?
And that brings me to the next point, in that now Millar must now draw out a world that is filled with crime fighting vigilantes. This is what makes this sequel great! Seeing how Millar went from visualizing a realistic world with no superheroes, to one with tons of them. It'll be really interesting to see how this transition ends up.
As for our two main characters, Dave is finally getting serious and begins training, where Mindy acts as Dave's coach. But sadly, something stands in between the new crime fighting duo. But even then, Dave is still determined to live his superhero fantasy. I mean, he did start this phenomenon, so he might as well live it through, right?
The followup series stays true to form as the original. Lots of cursing, violence, grittyness, and awesome art from John Romita Jr. And if you haven't read the original Kick-Ass, you should, especially if you're into the whole superhero spiel. Although I liked the movie much more than the comic book, I suggest reading it anyway. If you've seen the movie, sure, pick this up. It starts off pretty broad, so you can continue with the story from either the comic book or the movie. Overall, Kick-Ass is just that... kick ass. I can't wait to pick up the next issue!
7 out of 10
Review by: Richard Fagel
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