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Kick Ass 2 [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Mark Millar , John Romita Jr
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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9 April 2013
The sequel to the biggest creator-owned comic of the decade the one that spawned the #1 hit movie and the worldwide phenomenon! Kick-Ass is back! As everybody's favourite psychotic 11-year-old Hit Girl trains Kick-Ass to be... well, a bad-ass, nemesis, Red Mist gathers a team of super-villains to take them down! It's superhero mayhem as only Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. can bring you!

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (9 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781166129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781166123
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 17 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,488 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, his work includes Kick-Ass, Wanted, and the bestselling Civil War and The Ultimates. John Romita Jr, comicbook artist, worked on Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, and more.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You do the big guy. I'll kill everyone else" 4 Aug 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing sequel 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not that good 2 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read the first series of Kick Ass I was hoping for more subtlety in the story telling. It was engaging but after a few dozen pages of yet another head being pupled, groing being kicked and more angst from the lead character I just got went away with the feeling this comic book character was the opposite of the sacchrine 'super-heroes' which inspired Millar Romita and co to produce this 'real-life' everyman hero.

(potential spoiler alert!) Where as the super heroes of old, even with plausible reality working for them, just had no place in the modern comic reader's world, this new more 'realistic' version didn't either because there were no consequnces (not the consequences of Kick Ass and his crew feeling all weepy and down about their enemies finding and killing thier friends) for the ordinary victims. For example no one seemed to react realistically to the murder of the children by the key villiain. No burials, no funerals, no grieving parents.etc. It was around this point in the story telling I just found myself saying, Great art but if Kick Ass three comes out I am not going there as it is not moving the 'fine' art of story telling in comics forwards and upwards.

Great Art but too much ultra violence without a real story tellling point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first Kick-ass 13 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This edition lacks the subtle humor and subversive nature of the first kick-ass, it has some really shocking moments of violence (shown in graphic detail). I don't shy away from violence, (the drugs wars in Mexico make Kick-ass violence appear tame in comparison) but the violence has no purpose but to shock and the story is extremely weak, and I feel they rushed to complete this story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Post-Superhero Age 24 Jun 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's hit girl what's not to love?
Published 1 month ago by Jacki Stephen
2.0 out of 5 stars Had scuffs and marks on it when it arrived
This was a Christmas present for my partner, he seemed to enjoy the book itself although he did say it was rather violent compared to the first! Read more
Published 7 months ago by KBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film.
The first book wasn't half as good as the film.

This one is much better.
I still loved the film but of course there are scenes that needed to add more humour and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars liked this
i liked this book. i found some part even better than the movie and enjoyed the every second of it.
Published 10 months ago by Scott Blackburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Funny and gory, that's a great adult graphic novel. Millar and Romita at their dangerous best! Try it out ASAP.
Published 10 months ago by Theologos Dimitriadis
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick-Ass 2
I bought this book for my boyfriend and he enjoyed it. Said he finished within a couple of sittings. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Flynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent buy
The price of the books was cheap and the delivery was rather fast as well, the product turned up with in a few days of purchase. Read more
Published 11 months ago by dale valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars "Game on, motherf*****s"
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...The first (both book and movie) was violent, subversive, offending and macabre - all the good stuff, in other words. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jørn Surlan
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Kick as much ass as the first.
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Quinty
4.0 out of 5 stars "You do the big guy. I'll kill everyone else"
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by No More Mr. Mice Guy
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