02nd Mar2018

‘Kick-Ass #1’ Review

by Kevin Haldon

Written by Mark Millar | Art by John Romita Jr. | Published by Image Comics


That is right folks Mark Millar and John Romita Jr have teamed up to bring us a new Kick-Ass story arc. Yes you lucky luck sum-bitches get to enjoy two books a month from this crazy franchise. Speaking of which, you can check out my Hit-Girl #1 review right here.

Kick-Ass is back—ready to wipe out the city’s criminal low-lives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? Find out in Kick-Ass #1

I don’t really have a history with theses books so its always nice when they break out a new story arc for me to sink my teeth into and with the introduction of a new Kick-Ass its a pretty awesome way to get my beak wet. Having said that I’m really happy that Hit-Girl was as good as it was this month because Kick-Ass #1 ain’t all that! However I am going to give it a minute because it cant be easy introducing a new main character to your established universe.

We kick the issue off with Kick-Ass on a mission to take down some shitty low-lifes, but the plan goes sideways and we find our would be hero staring down the barrel of a gun. Upon the removal of the mask we meet Patience. Patience is an Afghanistan Veteran who has returned home to find her husband has left her for a co-worker and her shitty waitress job is not enough to cover the bills, she resorts to wearing the green and yellow spandex and mask to rid her city of crime and make a pretty penny while she is at!!!

As I said up front, thank god for Hit-Girl being as good as it was because for every good choice this book makes there is a bad choice to be had. Mark Millar has split the first issue into three sections spread throughout the issue. We have Patience coming home from Afghanistan and having to deal with all the family drama and making some hard choices about her future. There is the Kick-Ass sections of the book with Patience taking on the mantle. Both these sections are really well written very engaging (even with some choice questionable dialogue). Then there is the Afghanistan section of the issue and this is where it falls flat, It just doesn’t feel like anything to me, yes it builds a bit of history but ultimately It just slows down proceedings.

Art wise, no complaints but then its hard to complain when you have Romita on the book. Visually pleasing. Story is good enough to have me wanting to come back next month and see what Millar has for us but I think I will be starting with Hit-Girl #2 first.


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