Its the return of the smash hit that became a top rated movie. (At least at the comic shops I go to.) Today I will be reviewing Kick-Ass 2 #1. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
So let’s talk about the book. (Before I begin, if you have not read the first 8-issue series, go read it now. It was awesome and will have this review make a lot more sense.) Dave, AKA, Kick-Ass, is learning how to fight from Mindy, AKA Hit-Girl. However, her new adoptive father tells her to stop. Dave’s life is pretty much the same. He’s still a loser. However, his Kick-Ass life is picking up steam. He dreams of forming a super-hero team. He meets up a guy named Doctor Gravity who, after a street fight in which Kick-Ass kicks some ass, invites him to a secret meeting. When Dave gets there, the Doctor introduces him to a group of seven individuals dressed in costumes. They call themselves Justice Forever and invite Kick-Ass to join. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. I am so happy that this book is back. The original eight issue run was one of my favorite reads in the past few years. The fact that Dave is a regular loser kid is what makes this book all the more realistic. Almost everyone can associate with him. He has some mental issues clearly but still he’s your average comic-book geek. (And unless you are lying to yourself, so are you.) Who hasn’t wanted to put on a costume and pretend to fight crime? (Not that you would actually do it, but it’s the want that’s key.) You feel for Dave. You want him to succeed. Because if he does, then not only is he succeeding, every one of you gets a win too. I like how the book takes place in the real world and how the internet fuels the super-hero hysteria. Kind of like how facebook is taking over the world today. (I loves me some Mafia wars myself.) I love the intro where you see the foreshadowing for future issues. Millar has a formula that worked in the last mini-series and he’s sticking to it again. (And it works.) Now let’s talk about the art. I personally hate Romita’s art. Everyone else can say what they want but to me, but I think his art is too big, too square, and too repetitive. There’s no muscle definition, no body definition and rarely any detailed backgrounds. (I understand if you think I’m nuts. Romita has a lot of cred under his belt and many years of work. However, I just don’t like him.) Still, even with all of my dislikes, Romita’s art does not make this book unreadable. It is still clean enough to follow the story and relate to the characters on the page and understand what they are feeling. I will definitely be picking up the rest of this series. If you are a fan of culturally modern, well written, action packed stories with lots of cursing and media references, then you should read this one too. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|great story. good set up for the next few issues.||I hate Romita’s art. Always have ever since he went square.|