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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (15 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857687867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857687869
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Millar has] a very dry, casual wit and a skill for defining strong characters --Empire

Romita makes visual story telling look effortless, conveying entire scenes in half a page worth of panels. Clever line work can speak louder than words when done right and Romita certainly does it right. --Starburst

"A gleeful, cynical treat." --The Guardian

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Mark Millar is one of comics most commercially successful writers, his work includes Kick-Ass, Wanted, Nemesis and the bestselling Civil War and The Ultimates. He is the editor of CLiNT, published by Titan Magazines.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the third instalment of the Kick-Ass franchise, running through issues #1-7 of the Kick-Ass 2 mini-series (and according to the adverts at the back, there are another two instalments in the 5-volume series to come).

If you have read the previous two volumes, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, then you'll know what to expect, though with a higher body-count. The basic story, as with any good comic book, is the hero (Kick-Ass) is being trained by the master (Hit-Girl); something happens to remove the master from play (her step-father grounds her for having an AK-47 hidden in a teddy bear); a threat appears (the Red Mist, now with an Amazon-unfriendly new name) who attacks the hero's family and loved-ones (even if the loved-one thinks the hero is a stalker); hero gathers a team of other heroes and confronts the villain's team of villains in an epic battle, which ends with the hero and villain alone in a roof-top showdown above the mayhem below. Throw a massacre of children and passers-by that even the Joker would consider crass (the trouble with comic-book fans is they have no sense of taste or style), a shark tank, a female Russian super-assassin (though Olympic testing officials might question the gender) and more blood and flying body parts than a Monty Python tennis sketch, and it is business as usual for Kick-Ass, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Anyway, this is an entertaining comic book if you like well-told graphically violent comic books, though one has to wonder how long it will be before someone blames mark Millar for the next high-school massacre. I notice that the Kick-Ass 2 film has been shot (unintentional pun), and Jim Carey (is he playing the Russian?) has already distanced himself from it following the last massacre in the USA.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By R. Callaghan on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
Now I really enjoyed the first Kick Ass, both as a book and a film, so was really looking forward to the next instalment; sadly I was really disappointed. The first Kick Ass book was an interesting take on the superhero comic with an ordinary kid questioning why there are no super heroes in real life; a thought than leads him to donning his own mask & costume. Sadly little of the witty insight to the superhero genre has passed into this book, instead replaced by an incessant need to shock and offend.

The friends and enemies he makes in the first book all make a reappearance in this however they somehow seem less developed than they were in the previous book. The Red Mist in particular has become a vessel for Mark Millar's most extreme depravities from shooting school kids to a completely unnecessary rape making this book seem more about causing offence than progressing any sort of story line. There are some clever jokes and insights but sadly these are mostly lost in a sea of gratuitous and pointless violence.

The art is as good as the original book and lord knows they haven't toned down the violence for the sequel but that alone is not enough to save this sequel.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jun 2012
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David Lizewski/Kick Ass is being trained by Mindy/Hit Girl to become a better superhero but when Hit Girl is dissuaded from putting on her outfit and bloodying up criminals by her new step-father and recently re-united mother, Kick Ass sets off to meet others who are dressing up and fighting crime. And it turns out there's a few, so many that they wind up making the first "real-world" superhero team, Justice Forever. But things are about to get shaken up by Red Mist who is gathering an army to exact revenge on Kick Ass for his father's death.

I remember really enjoying the first book and Mark Millar is usually an interesting writer so I was surprised to find myself not falling for this book as completely as I did the first. It might be because of a couple of things: there's a lot less humour and fun in the book, and it's very dark. Whereas the first book contained some of the thrill of a buttoned-down boy finding freedom of self through a secret identity, here he is beset by tragedy again and again. Kick Ass learns that like many costumed vigilantes, he must endure great personal suffering for his choice of putting on a mask. And these tragedies are very dark and graphic so be warned; Millar has always had a tendency to shock and he doesn't pull his punches here.

I think the irony of the series is that Millar presented Kick Ass as a semi-plausible story of a young boy setting out to be a superhero without superpowers and thus becoming a different kind of "hero" journey not seen before, and yet time after time in this book the story falls back on comic-book archetypes and clichés.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quinty on 20 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
The first book is fantastic, a great original story with great characters and situations. I'm also a hugh fan of John Romita Jr, but I must say I found the art in this book a bit of a disappointment, its not up to his usual standard in my eyes it all seems a bit rushed, and I found the way it was coloured not very pleasing to the eye. The colours in the first are much flatter and compliment the line drawings much more effectively than in this issue.

I found the story not that engaging either. It still has the violence and the shocks of the first but the story was kind of drab and boring and unoriginal, I get what they were trying to do but for me it just felt very uninspired.

I just expected more from the sequel to what was a great original comic book that indeed did KICK ASS!
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