Written by Mark Millar
Breakdowns and Co-Creator John Romita Jr.
Finishes and Ink Washes by Tom Palmer
Published by Icon
The particular genius of Kick Ass is that even though you can see the train coming you’re still kind of surprised when it hits you. Yes: spoilers galore.
Our final epic fight scene features superhero people in funny costumes (Justice Forever) and villain people in funny costumes (The Toxic Mega Cunts) with a big showdown to the death or severe internal injuries. It’s almost designed for the second movie in the franchise as the big fight scene goes down in New York’s Times Square.
I suppose this sets the scene:
Here’s a quick question: who should win the fight between hit girl and the terrifying mercenary female Russian killer? The one eyed at least six feet tall Russian lady who weighs a muscular 180 pounds (could probably hold her own against Anderson Silva) who worked with Spetznaz (very scary special forces people) and knows judo, silat and jeet kun do or the girl who was trained in rudimentary martial arts by her comic book collecting father? I think the answer may surprise you, but not at the end. (For the record, my ending for Mother Russia was far more Kick Ass than Kick Ass, which I think was less violent than frankly what I’m used to. There should have been a “kitana” and a “Hoo Hah” is all I’m saying…Should start my own Kickstarter line: Phil’s Way More Bloodthirstier comics than “Kick Ass” or “Luther Strode”. Wait till they get a load of me as they say…)
I guess the curious thing about the final book of the second installment is the reappearance of law enforcement. You sometimes wonder about the effectiveness of the men in blue when they can’t capture cop killers like the Mother Fucker. That usually gives the police a massive license to kill. Actually, they kind of have that right even when they’re not mad at you. Gosh forbid if you actually give the cops a reason. So, without giving too much away, the fights kind of go like you expect despite some ups and downs for our heroes and Hit Girl taking punches that would have severely injured Mike Tyson let alone a little girl. But it is nice that the law actually shows up.
For example there’s this:
And the final scene:
I guess this raises the interesting question of the legal case against Hit Girl. She is a minor and probably certifiably insane. Can the cops prove that any of her estimated 60 murders weren’t done in self defense? Perhaps she should take a “standing her ground” position even though she initiates most of the attacks. She should probably try to get the trial moved to Florida. Will Hit Girl be a very dangerous Rorshack like prisoner? “Are they trapped in here with her?” Or a model citizen? What exactly was the fighting about? There are very few pure sociopaths in this world as even the most violent killers have a rationale for their sprees. I guess this would be more interesting if the bad guy wasn’t a full on sociopath but people who think they’re doing the right thing. Overall: a pretty good b movie read. I guess I’m looking forward to the movie also. 4.0 out of 5 stars for the overall series