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Kick-Ass Hardcover – February 17, 2010
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John Hughes never dreamed of something like this in his high school flicks. The central figure is comic-book-reading 16-year-old Dave Lizewski who doesn't boast that tragic a past; no radioactive insects bit him; he wasn't exposed to a magic word; and he's not an orphan from an exploded planet. To quote Dave Lizewski, his origin is he was bored. But under Mark Millar's insanity, Dave's story takes on this dark, outrageous, ultra-violent turn while still staying somewhat in the periphery of what's realistic.
This trade collects the first eight issues and lets you into an urban bloodbath. Because when you put on a wet suit and start looking for trouble, odds are you're gonna end up bumping against some seriously hard mothereffers. And when your only super powers are perseverance and some talent for soaking up punishment, you'll most likely end up hitting the floor really hard. Dave gets severely pounded his first time going up against some thugs, and then he gets bowled over asss over heel by a hurtling car.
Months of recovery from his injuries, and you'd think Dave's learned his lesson. But then Dave puts on the costume again and resumes his night patrols. And then, while bracing some muggers, Dave becomes an overnight online sensation, the first real-life superhero. The Internet even gives him his superhero code name.Read more ›
Is it shocking? Sure, but that's part of the fun of it! However, the "shock factor" is only one small part of what makes this book feel so fresh.
For me, Millar and JRJR kncoked this book out of the park. You can tell how much fun they're having telling their story, and I love being along for the ride.
If you're sensitive to violence or to underage kids using guns, swords, and adult language, this book may not be for you; but if you can appreciate it for what it is, you won't be disappointed. Don't worry -- it's nowhere near as "shocking" as many other comics out there such as Preacher or The Boys (or pretty much anything else Garth Ennis writes), but it certainly is edgy.
Overall, it's a surprisingly fresh and unique take on superheroes, geek culture, and adolescence, masterfully illustrated and perfectly paced.
I love it!
The "Premiere Hardcover" edition collects issues #1-8 of the comic, comprising the entirety of the first major story arc. Though its cover does include the aforementioned text, effectively outing purchasers as "fans after the release of the film," it opts for new artwork by Romita on the dust cover rather than movie poster images, which is a nice touch. One version features Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, weapons in hand, covered in blood. The other features a downtrodden Kick-Ass, sitting on his bed without his mask.
Aside from the black hardcover with yellow letters, and the collection of chapters 1-8, fans get two pages worth of bios of the comic's creators, a two-page spread of "Kick-Ass's Greatest Hits" (the most ultra-violent moments from the comics that comprise Book One), a few variant covers and a poster drawn by Romita of the characters in the movie versions of their costumes. It doesn't offer any behind-the-scenes in-depth features a la DC's Absolute editions, but it is a nice set at $24.99 to help fans get caught up with the series before or after seeing the movie.
For those unfamiliar, Kick-Ass's creators have dubbed it "The Greatest Superhero Comic of All Time." While this may be a bit of an overstatement, the book is quite entertaining. Kick-Ass tells the tale of Dave Lizewski, a comic-book nerd just like you or me.Read more ›
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It actully came in llike brand new conditions, its awesome, glad its so well keptPublished 6 months ago by Jose valle
My nephew asked for this he's 9. Holy cow glad I looked through it before I gave it to him. Not for young kids Nudity, sexual content, vulgar languagePublished 9 months ago by Happy Shopping
I'll be honest, I saw the movie first. My sister invited me to the theater and I'd never heard of the film, but I went anyway and ended up really loving it, so I bought the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cris
I really liked the original storyline of Kick-Ass. The movie is very similar, but some really interesting details are different which is more reason why you should buy this trade... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Garvey