Breakdowns By: John Romita Jr
Finishes and Inkwashes: Tom Palmer
Colours: Dean White with Micheal Kellher
Mark Millar jumps back into the world of Kick-Ass but, this time he’s focused in on our favourite little punisher, Mindy McCready – better known as Hit-Girl. Now one thing that needs to be noted is that this tale takes place between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass2, so you won’t have to read Kick-Ass2 to enjoy this series. Although, I highly recommend you do at some point.
I’m somewhat disappointed that the 3rd story was released before the 2nd, but, I’m sure Millar and Romita have big plans for this series to further make sense of the destruction in New York. And who knows maybe cause some more trouble on the way!
Mindy is living with Marcus and her mother, it’s been about 2 weeks since John Genovese was taken down. Mindy approaches Dave one day at school giving him a game plan of their future missions which will lead to the fall of new mob leader and John’s brother Ralphie Genovese.
Red-Mist makes an appearance in this issue that would leave anyone kinda creeped out. His inclusion has me hoping that they will show him gathering his gang of villains and readying the attack on New York City.
One thing I would really like to highlight though, is the art in this series. I kinda brushed it off in Kick-Ass2 because I wasn’t really understanding what was going on. Romita basically did rough sketches of panels, passed it to Tom Palmer, who than inked and did further touch ups, to then again pass it to Dean White for his expertise in colour. This seems like typical production of a normal comic but, by massively stepping up their game in each series they’ve quickly become an art team worth keeping an eye on. Kick-Ass2 looks amazing art wise but, the team really came together and hit it out of the park in Hit-Girl, it’s near indescribable. Everything pops off the pages, I mean, Romita is one of my favourite artists but, in conjunction with this team, the product has proven to be beyond amazing.
Overall, this series gets a solid 5 blood-smeared Katanas out of 5. The art teams portrayal of Mindy’s new life makes it worth the buy alone but, when you top it of with Millar’s action packed writing and previous knowledge of Mindy’s bad-assery; you’ve got comic gold. I’m really excited to see what’s in store for Mindy and Dave. OH! And to also see the short lived but, terribly exciting rise of Red Mist into The Mother-Fucker.
- Crossed: Badlands #4-6(comicsforge.com)