by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Surely you’ve heard some whispering about the Kick-Ass comic series or at least about the movie, right? There’s a lot of buzz around it as being a totally raw and original universe. Well, if you don’t know about Kick-Ass, then you probably don’t know who Hit-Girl is. To put it bluntly she is a 12-year-old girl who is the embodiment of evil. She is violent, malicious, and highly trained as an assassin by her father. But she isn’t a bad guy. She does kill people, but she always does it for the “greater good”. Her main target: drug dealers.
Let me just start out by saying that I have loved this series from start to now. It is raw and in your face. It is carving new paths in the Kick-Ass Universe, a universe that was already carving its own path.
In the pages of this issue we follow-up on Mindy (Hit-Girl) attempting to fit in with the cool girls at her school. The totally awesome part about this comic is how she treats fitting in like infiltrating a drug ring. I absolutely loved her “solution” to being bullied at school. I’m sure you can imagine, be creative and you’ll probably be fairly close to what she does. Mark Millar has done a wonderful job giving Mindy a real life struggle while keeping her the same little bitch that we’ve grown to love.
Besides Mindy being one half of the recipe for Kick-Ass’s success, the plot of this comic is brilliant. It picks up exactly where the last issue left off. And, although I was already on the Hit-Girl bus, the cliffhanger at the end of #2 was good, but not nearly as grand as the cliffhanger in #3. Kick-Ass is injured, and even though he’s been helping her with being a “normal” kid, he is forced to opt out of her drug bust mission. That leaves Mindy in quite the predicament in the final pages. It will shock you, and totally annoy you that you have to wait another month to find out what happens to Hit-Girl.
The art style is as unique as the subject matter itself. John Romita Jr. and Mark Millar, along with the rest of the creative team are a great match-up. It seems to have gotten better in this issue, for the most part. There were a few panels that were a bit lacking in quality, but didn’t take away from enjoying the comic.The faces and body language are brilliant and original. I guarantee you haven’t read anything like this before unless you’ve read Kick-Ass already.
Altogether, anything Kick-Ass related is awesome. If you’re already a fan then I absolutely highly recommend this series. If you’re unsure, either go out and pick up the Kick-Ass TPB’s or pick up this series. It’s a brilliant take on superheroes and supervillians in a world of reality, where comic books characters are just that, comic book characters. It’s funny, witty, charming and dark. A really enjoyable read, just like the other two issues so far.
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