Author/s: Mark Millar
Artist/s: John Romita. Jr
format: Limited Series
No. of Issues: 7
Vintage: 2010 – 2012
The Plot | Sequel to the original comic-book series, Kick-Ass returns in full force as Mindy (Hit-Girl) secretly trains him as he attempts to put together a team of ‘super-heroes’ in order to fight crime all the while preparing for the return of Red Mist.
The Good | The original series was a huge hit, spawning an entire range of merchandise from t-shirts to action figures and even a live-action film adaptation, and since the original 6 issues left the story somewhat open-ended, it’s only natural that it would spawn a sequel (including a second film on the way too). So Dave Lizewski continues to fight crime on the street as a costumed hero without the aid of Mindy McCready as she lives with her new guardian Marcus Williams – a cop who has forbidden her vigilante antics. However, Mindy finds it hard to adjust to suburban life and routinely visits Dave in order to train him in secret. Needless to say, there is a healthy dose of escalation in Kick-Ass 2 as it reaches the obvious conclusion point – super-hero teams. Dave routinely joins another costumed hero – Doctor Gravity, for night patrols and is eventually introduced to (by Gravity himself) an entire ‘super-league’ called Justice Forever. On the other side of the spectrum, Red Mist (whom has since adopted the moniker – Motherfucker) has been in Europe recruiting soldiers for his ‘super-villain’ team called the Toxic Mega-Cunts, who will aid him in his revenge against Kick-Ass. With this sequel returns John Romita. Jr – responsible for the fantastic artwork, and he really does a wonderful job bringing the story to life with his attention to detail, neat lines and water-colour style.
The Bad | Mark Millar has upped the level of violence to the extreme as the antagonists go around raping and murdering innocent people (including children) which will certainly raise a few eyebrows and may even detract from the book’s popularity (highly doubt child-killing and rape will go over well with audiences in the forthcoming film, a film which Millar has been quoted in saying will have all the controversial scenes from the book…oh dear) and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were reading something that Garth Ennis (Chronicles of Wormwood anyone?) might have concocted. The only other gripe I have with Kick-Ass 2 is that it is too short, I feel that the story was somewhat rushed and it would have been translated better over 12 issues instead of 7.
To Conclude | Kick-Ass 2 is a worthy sequel to the original story, I just feel that it was a little too short and lacked the energy and intrigue of the first series. However, if you like your comic-books controversial and blood-soaked, you need not look further than Kick-Ass 2.
Grade | B