It Kicks Ass.
If Mark Millar wasn’t already famous enough in comic circles, he’s now immortalized himself with his creations of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. The first volume starts with normal teenager Dave Lizewski wishing that his life was different, wanting something interesting to happen to him. Because he’s desperate for excitement – he takes inspiration from the numerous comics that he reads and becomes his own Superhero.
The main attraction to the Kick-Ass series is that it’s a more realistic approach to Superheroes and vigilantism rather than characters in The Avengers and the Justice League. If a normal, everyday teenager went out in a scuba-diving costume with a metal baton – they would genuinely get the crap beaten out of them – so that’s exactly what happens to Kick-Ass. He gets his Ass-Kicked. Several times. And to further ground the series in realism, he doesn’t even get the girl. Peter Parker, eat your heart out.
The first volume of Kick-Ass is super violent, and it isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. It actually includes a few graphic torture scenes that will make most men cross their legs and squirm. Millar and John Romita, Jr. are such a creative power couple that make this story both immersive to read and so that it jumps off the page. And whilst Kick-Ass is it’s own original story, the two have obviously riffed off from various popular stories like Spider-Man, Batman, Justice League and so on. The introduction of other vigilantes like Hit-Girl and Big Daddy keep the story fresh, and show the brutality of the world that they live in. With Hit-Girl being a ten year old girl who doesn’t hesitate in decapitating and/or killing any violent criminals they come across. She also swears like a sailor, adding to her charm.
The main theme of the series is about an escape from reality, with normal citizens using vigilantism to escape their mundane lives. Big Daddy for example, used to be an accountant but got bored of his life and his marriage – so sold comic-books for a living to fund his vigilante war on crime. It’s an interesting and unique take on the superhero genre that will entertain readers for years to come.
Volume One ran for eight issues and can be found in a collected graphic novel stocked in most comic shops.
- Violent + Gritty
- Realistic Heroes
- Beautiful Artwork