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$39.99 (2013) Oversized Hardcover
$19.99 (2011) Trade Paperback
$24.99 (2010) Hardcover
Contributors: Mark Millar, John Romita Jr., Tom Palmer, Chris Eliopoulos, Dean White and Steve McNiven
Reprints: Kick-Ass #1-8 (of 8)
Synopsis: Dave Lizewski is a high school nerd who likes comic books and is completely ignored by the opposite sex. His mother died of a brain aneurysm and his dad is depressed all the time. Dave reads comics as an outlet for his pathetic existence and one day the idea hits him - why not become a superhero? People want to be just like asinine pop stars, but why not be like Spider-Man (minus the cool spider-powers of course)?
|Great opening - sound familiar?|
He sews a costume, ogles himself in the mirror in his room, and starts wearing it under his clothes at school. It's a big rush. He hits the gym to put on some meager muscle and walks rooftops at night. The time comes to actually stop a real crime and poor Dave gets his ass kicked (and stabbed and run down by a car). He spends the next six months in the hospital, but it's not enough to scare him off of the superhero kick.
Back on the street he gets another chance to stop a crime and actually manages to do it (while taking a massive beat-down in the process). It gets captured on video and posted to YouTube - well, you can guess the rest, right? Dave becomes an overnight internet sensation and celebrity. His fame spawns copycats like the Red Mist - another teenage crime fighter, but with a sweet, superhero-themed car.
|Is this your typical superhero?|
Pros: Good concept/spin by Millar on real-life superheroes in the modern age of technology (using YouTube), art by Romita Jr. is competent, ultra-violent and filled with one-liners, turned into a successful movie, both comic book/movie have sequels, Dave being the gay best friend of the girl he likes is pretty hilarious, Hit Girl is bad ass
|The introduction of Hit Girl|
Mike Tells It Straight: Kick-Ass starts out as an amusing answer to "What if someone tried to be a superhero in the real world?". Well, they would get the living crap kicked out of them and go to the hospital for a very long time. It then devolves into a recurring over-the-top bloody beatdown massacre. Highly entertaining, but not high art in any way.
|Hit Girl and Kick-Ass...kicking ass|
|You may have seen this movie|
His work on Kick-Ass is pure fantasy for every fanboy who wanted to become a superhero. It's a novel concept taken to the absolute graphic limit by Millar. The story starts out serious enough, but soon jumps the shark into completely ridiculous ultra-violence for pure entertainment. It's not going to change your outlook on life or make you stop to ponder some intellectual concept, but it's funny and violent as hell. I'm glad the movie modified the origin for Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Check it out if you like seeing buckets of blood flying about.
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