The GeeksverseKick-Ass 2 #1

Kick-Ass 2 #1
Published on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. return to the world of Kick-Ass. Is the return as good as the first visit?

Written by: Mark Millar
Breakdowns: John Romita Jr.
Finishes/Ink washes: Tom Palmer
Colored by: Dean White
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: John Barber

Welcome back to the life of Dave Lizweski.

This issue jumps around a bit at the beginning with the time frame. It’s hard to tell just when the training sequance at the beginning takes place. It takes place before the next couple of pages, which are flash forwards, and it seems to take place before the bulk of the book, which has Kick-Ass teaming up with Dr. Gravity and then being invited to join a super team.

Things in Dave’s life haven’t gotten much better. He’s still a loser at school, still in love with Katie Deauxma, but he’s also expanded to include other woman in his stalking. Dave is not a healthy personality. He still thinks he’s fighting the good fight, and he’s trying to get Mindy, aka Hit-Girl, back into the life even though she’s out and living normal now. If you count hiding an armory in her playroom as normal.

There’s no new character development, Dave is Dave, it’s just an advancement in his career as Kick-Ass, as he gets to join a super team. The team definately looks interesting. Can’t wait to see them fleshed out.

I wish more time was spent on the different characters and what makes them tick. These are people with attention issues and possibly more. These are people that need help. Dr. Gravity carries around a bat wrapped in tinfoil that he calls a Gravity Pole and makes believe it can adjust the weight of what it touches. These are cosplayers taken to the extreme.

It’s not a comment on super heroes, not like the first series was (somewhat). It just seems like Millar broke the typical super hero story done into steps and is progressing Kick-Ass through those steps. First step, the first series, was the origin story and the first major battle. Then came the team-up and now, in the second series, we’re getting the super team.

That these people can’t see how crazy they are is interesting. Dave even says, when being chased by a gang of thugs, that they can’t call the cops because he promised he wouldn’t call them anymore this week.

It’s hard to tell if Millar what actually Millar’s purpose with Kick-Ass is. It’s not really a take on “super heroes in the real world”. It’s too extreme for that. It’s a take on “what if roleplayers did super-heroes instead of renissance fairs and civil war reenactments”.

It’s an entertaining read though.

I much prefer Jr Jr’s art on Kick-Ass then Avengers. I can’t stand his work on Avengers. This is the type of book that fits his style. He’s best at the grittier stuff then he is the shinier stuff in the super hero world.

I really like the effect that the art team; Romita Jr, Tom Palmer and Dean White; have going. We’re given an example of the process and how the three mesh in the back of the issue. It’s a very nice effect.

Romita should stick to this kind of story.

Kick-Ass 2 #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Not as good as it could have been, just simply solid.

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