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. 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. 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.
Kick-Ass followed only to see her go to a large costumed man. Through their interaction, Kick-Ass found out that the girl's name was Hit-Girl and the man was known as Big Daddy. As they fled, Kick. Apr 04, Kick-Ass [Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.] on kalonweddings.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The greatest super hero comic of all-time is finally here! WOLVERINE: ENEMY OF THE STATE's team of MARK MILLAR (CIVIL WAR) and JOHN ROMITA JR. (WORLD WAR HULK) reunite for the best new book of the 21st century! Have you ever wanted to be a super hero?/5. Dec 04, Kick-Ass. KICK-ASS IS BACK-ready to wipe out the city's criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there's a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex.
Still doesn't keep me from saying that his alter ego absolutely friggin' rules! Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Kick-Ass follows Dave Lizewski, an ordinary high-schooler and comic nerd that dreams of being a superhero, and then decides to actually become one. He discovers that it isn't really easy to fight crime as an untrained sixteen year old, but he perseveres.
I watched and loved the Kick-Ass movie a while back, so I knew almost exactly what I was getting into with this book. The movie captures the feel of the book very well, even though the events in the book are somewhat different. The movie treats the characters more idealistically than the book.
I always feel a bit nervous about reviewing graphic novels, because I treat them just like any other book, and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to. I know that graphic novels have their own conventions etc.
I really enjoyed the way Kick-Ass was structured, but I'm not sure if that's just a function of the medium. Anyway, I did really enjoy the book - it's hilarious, the characters are fun, and even though Dave is extremely foolhardy; I can't help but admire his perseverance.
And of course, Hit-Girl is my favourite character, simply because she is such a badass I sincerely hope that she never exists in real life, though. I should warn potential readers that there is a lot of violence and profanity from children etc, but overall, Kick-Ass is a very well done black comedy.
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Combined with a clever premise and novel characters, the result is impressive, disturbing, and most definitely not-for-kids, much as they probably would like it. Readers who first have seen the movie will get a few surprises. Much of the dialogue in the movie is lifted directly from the Kick-Ass comics without modification. Many of the scenes are shot to look nearly identical to various illustrated frames.
Yet, there are distinct and interesting differences, no doubt because, as Dave Lizewski aka Kick-Ass says in issue 1, "What works on the page doesn't always work on the screen. Dave's relationship with Katie Deauxma is far less pleasant in print than in film, and more credible. For all its darkness, the book is funny. Hit-Girl answers casually, ". If you're the type of reader who is likely to show up at a Comic Con convention, however, it probably is for you.
I loved the first series.
One of the coolest stories I've read in recent times. However, this seemed to lack some of the magic. While the first series felt more human, and gave me more of an emotional impact. This was just over the top and seemed to go more for shock value. At times he draws Hit-Girl as if she is 8 or 9 years old.
Then other times she looks like she is 4 or 5 years old! Maybe he was rushing, or was working on a lot of projects at the time.
Reluctantly, Kick-Ass summons help but gets accused of attempting to kill his rival. Hit-Girl spirits him away and the rescuers only see the young heroine, who is promptly blamed for the crime.
Kick-Ass is the first "book" (volume) in Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's creator owned series published by Marvel's independent imprint, Icon Comics. Book three of the Series entitled Kick-Ass 2 ran from Dec through May , while book two entitled Hit-Girl began Aug and is .
Once Kick-Ass is safe, Hit-Girl steals a police car in order to escape, but Gigante stands in the vehicle's path under the belief that Hit-Girl will never kill a cop. His hunch pays off and Hit-Girl swerves, crashing the vehicle and is arrested. When Marcus tries to come to her aid, he is also arrested by Gigante, when he is baited into revealing that he knew his step-daughter was the infamous Hit-Girl.
Hit-Girl is then subsequently led away in handcuffs, though the crowd of survivors cheers her on for her role in stopping the Motherfucker and his group. During the six months after the events of Book Three, Mindy McCready remains in jail while Dave Lizewski graduates high school and continues his battle against organized crime.
However, Justice Forever refuses to help him free Mindy from prison and Lieutenant Stripes is killed by Chris Genovese's mother Angela while trying to avenge his brother, Colonel Stars. They ultimately arrange for an unnamed mob enforcer to take credit for the neighborhood-wide massacre and gang rape of Kick-Ass's crush Katie Deauxma, clearing Chris' name and allowing Rocco to take over the mob's operations in the city.
After a fight with a gang, Dave meets a woman named Valerie and starts dating her. At a party being held to celebrate Chris' release, Kick-Ass arranges to get the members of Justice Forever to help him raid the party and send a warning to the mob. The plan fails when Kick-Ass' friends flee in the face of mob retaliation. Elsewhere, Mindy confides to her psychiatrist that she has circumvented the prison's security so as to allow her to wander around and kill problematic inmates at night.
Furthermore, she talks about how her father created his false backstory in order to manipulate her into continuing her career as Hit-Girl. Mindy also meets her mother, who is proud of her actions as Hit-Girl. Gigante and three disguised cops rob Rocco, intending to make a fortune and leave New York. In response, Rocco orders the killing of everyone found in a mask, resulting in the deaths of four Justice Forever members and the kidnapping of Dave's roommate Todd.
In jail, Mindy is drugged by a group of corrupt guards working for Rocco, who plans to have Chris execute Mindy in front of all the other East Coast mob leaders. However, Chris, having a pang of guilt over how his actions have affected his mother, decides to spare Mindy and fight the guards. Chris is mortally wounded and dies, but not before helping Mindy escape.
Kick-Ass rescues Mindy from a cop working for Rocco, brutally killing him. Mindy goes to Rocco's meeting in a speedboat, intending to kill all the gang leaders assembled at a boathouse; Dave goes to save Todd in Big Daddy's monster truck. Dave is briefly overpowered by the thugs holding Todd but ends up electrocuting them all.
Meanwhile, an anonymous tipster alerts Gigante that he and Mindy will be at Rocco's meeting. Mindy arrives and slaughters the assembled bosses, but is confronted by Gigante and his corrupt cops. Mindy reveals to the cops that she was the anonymous tipster, before triggering explosives that take out all the corrupt cops except Gigante.
She then maims Gigante by destroying his pelvis, then forces him to turn state's evidence. Sometime later, Dave has abandoned his superhero identity, instead deciding to join the police and remaining with Valerie. Marcus is then cleared of all charges thanks to Gigante's testimony, and has rooted out the remaining corrupt elements from the force. Angela and Mindy's mother have become close friends. Mindy remains an active vigilante, killing criminals across the worldthough she never contacts Dave again.
She does give flowers to her mother once every year, similar to the flowers her father gave to her. The comic ends with a callback to the first scene of the first comic, where Skybird, an applicant for Justice Forever that was chased away by the Juicer, jumps off a building, using his costume to actually fly away. In a " post-credits scene ", Mindy shows up at the house of a bullied kid holding Kick-Ass's uniform, announcing that she is now going to train him to be a superhero.
We were so into it, we should have been studying for exams at the time.
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We wanted to become superheroes like Batman. It was pathetic. We were five years too old really to be doing this. The story was really about what would have happened if we hadn't come to our senses and actually gone out and done this.
Romita said that he decided to add personal touches of his own to the series when he found out that the series had a personal connection to Millar. Romita designed the neighborhood, schoolyard, setting, and clothes in a manner that evoked his neighborhood in QueensNew York City ; most of the time the series is set in Romita's neighborhood.
A Hit-Girl limited series was announced at the Kapow Comi Con, to focus on how she deals with ordinary life, such as attending high school; the series was later rebranded as Book Two of The Dave Lizewski Years. On March 16,Mark Millar said he would begin writing a sequel comic book in April. The first issue showed Hit-Girl attempting to train Kick-Ass to be a more competent superhero, with both intending to form a team with the other costumed heroes that were emerging.
In her civilian life, her stepfather is trying to get her to stop being a superhero. Prior to the debut of the series, a viral campaign featuring a short video of Kick-Ass, the main character of the comic, being "caught on tape" performing a heroic act was uploaded to YouTube and spread around the Internet. A charity auction was held to name the main character.
The winner, Dave Lizewski, chose his own name. Each issue also singles out specific comic shops, crediting them for taking part in the "home-made effort" to promote the book and encourages readers to support them. Scriptwriting for the film adaptation started in May Universal bought the rights to a film adaptation of the comic in May From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Retrieved 29 September Total Film. April 9, Archived from the original on May 3, August 5, She begins to speak and reveals that Big-Daddy is her father and a former police officer that "couldn't be paid off". Also she said that the mob killed his wife, her mother and that is why they were on a quest for revenge.
At first Dave was reluctant claiming that he did not want to kill but was left with no choice when Big-Daddy blackmailed him say that if he and The Red Mist did not work with them he would leak his identity on the internet.
Dave eventually tells Katie Deuxma he is not gay, and was using it as an excuse to be close to her. She says some choice words to him and basically tells him to get lost. By this point Dave was changed. The things that mattered to him before seemed irrelevant. It was becoming harder for him to relate to non "superheroes". He soon met up with The Red Mist to decide on what they would do. Red Mist seemed reluctant but after a conversation with Kick-Ass decided to meet at Big-Daddy 's hideout.
The two then parted and Dave had a rush of adrenaline that he said came from second-hand contact from The Red Mist 's weed.
He went to Katie Deauxma 's house and shouted at her window "I've been Kick-Ass all along and I'm not gay" but as soon as she opened the window he cowered and ran away.
They make their way inside to find Big-Daddy severely beaten up and Hit-Girl crying by his side. Big-Daddy notices Kick-Ass at the door and asks for his help but before he could act, The Red Mist pulls a gun and points it to the back of Dave's head showing his allegiance to the mob. Dave is beaten, Big Daddy is gunned down and Hitgirl is wounded, but Dave refuses to talk. Hitgirl returns and kills some of the mobsters.
The two vigilantes strategise an assault on Genovese, and Hitgirl manages to kill him. Dave beats Red Mist into submission and leaves him defeated. Afterwards, Dave helps Hitgirl return to normal, going home to her mother and her stepfather. He discovers his father has got his sexlife back on track, and instead of being shocked, he is happy for him.
One day at school, Dave approaches Katie Deuxma and confesses that he was never gay and he had been lying to her all that time. Engraged, she gets her boyfriend Carl to punch him, giving him a bloody nose. That night, after walking in on his Dad and a woman he met on a grieving forum, Dave is texted a picture of Katie and Carl having oral sex.
For more information see Hit-Girl. Sometime after the events of Kick Ass, Mindy and David make a deal she'll teach him to be a Super hero and he will teach her to fit in at school. Mindy has David take an oath of Justice and teaches him how to crash through windows and beat up thugs.
Then one night the pair go to take down a Russian gang.
Everything is going well but David breaks his hand on a thugs face and Mindy is "forced" to use lethal means to get David out safely. The broken hand leaves David on the injure list for at least two months. Meanwhile Mindy takes down the Genovese family. When David's hand is better, Mindy finds him and though she gave up the cape and promised her step-father not to be Hit Girl, she has decided to train David to be a great crime fighter.
In the comic series sequel, Kick-Ass is now being trained by a reformed Hit Girl. He also is affiliated with the new superhero team called Justice Forever, being led by Colonel Stars, and his new crime-fighting ally, Doctor Gravity. He now works frequently on gang-busting with his new found team, as well as his long-time friend Marty as Battle Guy, sharing inside crime-fighting jokes with him during his school life. He and his team have currently broken into a bar, beaten down, and apprehended a gang.
Sometime after apprehending the gang, Dave comes home to see that his Dad found his Kick Ass costume and isn't happy about it. They argue about him being hero and Dave storms out of the house.
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At the Justice Forever hideout, Colonel Stars is setting up the team's table with its own logo. After not hearing his dog a moment later, he is immediately concerned. Formerly Red Mist, now the Motherfucker, and his gang bust in and trash the place while they beat up the Colonel to the point of death.
Wanting to send a message, the gang cut off the Colonel's dog's head and put it on the Colonel's body. They also wrote the Motherfucker's name on the wall. Dave and the rest of Justice Forever mourn the death of their great leader. The MotherFucker's gang go to the street where Kate lives Dave's crush and start killing people there. They raid her house, kill her parents and then rape her. All the while, Mother Russia is outside killing the police that arrive.
The police issue a ban on all people wearing costumes across New York and track all of the ip addresses of the costumed people including Dave. While Dave visits Kate in the hospital the police show up at Dave's house but his Dad takes the fall for being Kick Ass so Dave won't have to go to jail. Dave shows up while his Dad is being apprehended and tells him not to go but he can't stop him. Dave's friends Marty and Todd take him in while his Dad is in jail. Dave gets a text from the Motherfucker with a picture of his Dad hanged in jail with a noose.