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Kick-Ass [Paperback]

Mark Millar , John Romita Jr
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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19 Mar 2010
Dave Lizewski is just an ordinary American teenager; he has a MySpace page, loves comic books, and is unable to find a girlfriend. Then an idea hits him: why not become a real life super hero? His life will never be the same again...Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, "Kick-Ass" takes comic book realism to a whole new level! Warning: Adults Only!

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; movie cover edition (19 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848565356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848565357
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Kick-Ass was always one of the prettiest comics of recent years, and the detail of both the original artwork, and its real-life translation, is stunning.' --Shortlist

'Wanted [is] the highest-selling creator-owned comic of the decade. Kick-Ass has the potential to surpass that.' --The Independent

'The splendidly unsubtle action rarely slows and never bores, a wicked sense of humour underpinning a tale that illustrates the maxim that one small good guy is worth a thousand burly men in suits.' --The Guardian

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Mark Millar is one of comics' most commercially successful writers, his work includes Wanted, Judge Dredd and the bestselling The Ultimates.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 15 May 2010
By Acis
This proved to be one of my most favourite reads of recent times, very irreverent, self-knowing, clever and just plain daft at the same time. Very enjoyable all round. There is one of them "c words" used at one point that seem to dreadfully irk certain portions of the populace so if you have sensitivities in that direction, you most likely won't be happy. But I laughed out loud and had a warm silly grin throughout so if that's the kind of thing you like to happen to you, go for it. Great fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
On its most basic level this is the story of a school student who, inspired by his comics, decides to dress up as a superhero and go out into the city and make a difference. But Kick-Ass is much more than that, although it may be a far-fetched story it still manages to capture a reality which makes the central character one easy to identify with.

Putting on a costume is a chance for David to stand out from the crowd and stamp his influence on the world, he considers himself to be a non-entity as he lives his life at school generally unnoticed and overlooked. There's no way that his alter-ego can slip under the radar though, and the genius of this book is how it constantly grounds itself in reality. After stepping out from the shadows to reprimand a gang of hooligans David doesn't engage in a series of ninja style moves which leave his opponents beaten - he is mocked, beaten up and left for dead. Instead of basking in the glory of vigilante justice he spends weeks in hospital and cries for hours thinking about the medical bill his exploits have left his dad with.

It's easy to identify with Dave as he narrates events, he shares his thoughts and regrets with us. We aren't just seeing the story, we're hearing his account of things and understanding his motives to the extent that you feel as though you're living out the whole saga along with him.

This is a comic for a modern age, it's full of modern cultural references such as 'Star Wars Kid' and of course various comic book characters. It also mirrors modern life with its frequent references to online social networking sites such as MySpace and Youtube. In fact, Kick-Ass becomes a cult phenomenon after a chance encounter with local thugs is captured on video by onlookers and uploaded to YouTube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody, naughty and funny 24 July 2013
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Really bloody, really naughty and really, really funny. John Romita Jr's claret-splattered artwork is perfect for Mark Millar's lean, punchy storytelling. Arguably, the film adaptation upped the ante and created yet more iconic images, but this is a short, sharp burst of brilliance that's a must-read for any self-respecting comic lover. And even un-self-respecting ones. Probably especially those.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Sex and Terror 17 July 2013
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
I lied about the sex, but there's plenty of blood and terror. I picked up the collected edition of this comic book in my local library, having seen the film a couple of years ago. I have been reading comics since the early 1960s, so I am not just a casual browser of comics, but I never felt a great need to read this one before, which probably does make me a casual browser today. The basic story is that one day, a comic nerd asks the question - why has no one tried to be a super-hero before? So he buys himself a costume off of EBay and goes out into the night to be a vigilante, quickly ending up in hospital. Outfitted with metal plates in his head, and a deadened sense of pain, he has another, more successful go, and ends up as a You-tube sensation. Seeking to help out a young lady with a stalker ex-boyfriend, he is witness to a visitation from Hit-Girl, another, but more serious vigilante, who, with her crime-fighting partner, Big Daddy, is destroying a drug baron's network. Anyway, traps are laid, heroes are captured and tortured, rescues are effected, and revenges are had. You've seen the film, you know the body count.

The comic book had a different target audience than the film, and so the more extreme comic-related references were toned down in the film, as was the graphic violence - no entrails or brains flying about if you want a `15' rating, and Big Daddy does not look like Batman in the comic, though he does look like Nicholas Cage... And the comic version is probably more `grounded' in reality, though the comic is a good comic story, and the film is a good action/adventure/ superhero film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick-Ass 26 April 2013
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Together with Hack/Slash this is my favourite comic book series.
Kick-Ass puts together a great story with fantastic drawings.
Highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By tom
I was a huge fan of the movie as it was a fantastic change of pace to the usual superhero movie. I knew a bit about the book and knew that there were some large differences between the movie and the book. The ending, which I won't go into detail about is far different in tone, but I think each ending works for their respective mediums. The book ending would have not worked on film and vice versa.

The story, written by Mark Millar is generally well told. I was a big fan of Millar's work from Marvel's Civil War which was a superb tale and one of the best I've read. While the overall story is fresh, I can't help but feel that Millar, knowing he had free reign on his own story with original characters, just decided to throw profanity in as much as possible. Sometimes it just feels too shoehorned in. It is, in my opinion, forgiven by its interesting premise though.

The art, by John Romita Jr. is fantastic and compliments the high octane plot with extremely violent scenes and more than a little splash of red here and there. There are some inconsistencies with the art however such as costume pieces changing colour and a criminal with a disappearing tattoo.

For the contents of this book - the story and the art - I would give this a 4 star.

The reason I've taken a star off though relates to this particular product; the Collector's Edition. I had to have two replacements sent to me because the quality of the book just wasn't up to scratch. The first book I received apparently had a problem with its printing plates because numerous pages had its images doubled meaning it was blurry and unreadable. The second book had a problem when the pages were being cut because a sizable number of pages had diagonal cuts across the corner of the pages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Beautifully drawn and a great story
Published 6 days ago by Michael Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - violent!
I bought this after seeing the film. I'm not a comic book fan really, this being he very first I have ever bought but I liked the film and I liked this too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. D. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very timely delivery.
It is supposed to be a Christmas present; therefore, not opened. However does seems good value for money - thank you
Published 7 months ago by Rameshchandra Khetia
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice book
Bought for a present, it was gratefully received, will be getting more of these books to add to his collection. Arrived promptly and well packaged
Published 8 months ago by patsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift tastic
Bought for a present - greatly appreciated. Gore and violence - amazing art. Well written. Good for fans of the film.
Published 9 months ago by Dee
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 9 months ago by dale valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice comic
Nice story, lovely drawings, good presentation.

Didn't watch the movie, but the comic is really worthy

(For more words required, really?)
Published 10 months ago by Paksway
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick-Ass Graphic Novel - AWESOME!
I bought the novel as Kick-Ass was always something i loved, and then i saw the movie and absolutely re-sparked my love for it all over again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cameron Mcmahon
1.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant glorification-of-violence at its worst
Mark Millar thinks his over-the-top Scottish cynicism is the best thing ever, but it's not. Marvel's The Ultimates, written by Millar, is one of my favourite comics ever. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! comic book
this comic deserve's to be read not just watched on screen. definitely I will buy the others and carry on until the end.
Published 11 months ago by Brandon Batsford
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