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Kick-Ass - (Movie Cover): Creating the Comic, Making the Movie Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, his work includes Wanted, Judge Dredd and the bestselling The Ultimates.
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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. And soon other costumed freaks are following in his footsteps, including a badasss ten-year-old girl expertly wielding swords. Go throw your hands in the air for the lethal and potty-mouthed Hit-Girl. And, okay, with Hit-Girl, Millar does wander past what's believable. But she's such a cool character that we have to, have to give her a pass.
Despite the Rob Liefeld intro, this trade is a jaw-dropping read, but it's horribly suited for children, nuns, and perhaps Armenians. Profanity and nudity are a healthy presence. Let me say that KICK-ASS is bloody and brutal and subversive and simply in your damn f----- face, and Millar shows you why no one's actually gotten away with putting on a costume and stomping on amoral lowlifes in real life. Artist John Romita, Jr. comes in with some of his best stuff and there's even that smidgen of that Frank Miller vibe in his art. Saying that this series is violent is to understate matters, kinda like suggesting that Big Daddy exhibits questionable parenting skills. I've already said that Mark Millar is insane, and I'm sticking to that. But the guy is also a master of his craft, and so we eat up his dish of bloody visceral bombast, and I also relish how Dave and, later, Red Mist go about on their new careers (Meanwhile, Big Daddy & Hit-Girl's relationship is really too dysfunctional to be relatable). So is this an unflinching, credible look at costumed vigilantes in the real world? Probably more so than not. The dialogue, by the way, rings true, as does Dave Lizewski. And the story is funny as well. I laughed my titmice off at what happens when Dave arrives at the moment in which he feels he ought to start leaping rooftop to rooftop. Dave Lizewski is a compelling character, but I think the kid is seriously disturbed. Still doesn't keep me from saying that his alter ego absolutely friggin' rules!
As you might have guessed, it follows Hit-Girl (aka Mindy McCready) in the events shortly after the first Kick-ass novel. Without giving any spoilers, it is the story of Mindy trying to live a normal life for her mother's sake. Seeing her struggle to fit in at school just like any other kid her age is great and adds to the dimensionality of this character.
Don't worry though - there is still plenty of Hit-Girl kicking ass.
Personally I think the art style looks fine and this book does the job of being filler for between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. I like the store that follows Hit Girl around better and I feel like this book really took a close look of where her character is coming from and where it wants to be.
A lot of other reviewers seemed to hate that it wasn't as good as the first Kick Ass book, but I don't think this is like the Matrix series where the first movie was the bomb and then every movie after that was worse and worse. I don't think "Hit Girl" or "Kick Ass 2" have sunk that low.
I enjoyed it. Hardcore seems to be in great condition, so I won't be afraid of lending it out to friends.