The main problem after reading Kick-Ass 2 that many found, if anything, a little frustrating, was the time gap between the first book, and the book that is going to follow Kick-Ass 2. Whilst it is now clear that Kick-Ass 2 is the third book in a four/five book series, the cliffhanger ending, and the slightly odd opening just didn't match up. Millar compared Kick Ass 2 to "The Empire Strikes Back" from the Star Wars franchise, and whilst the dark undertone and protagonist suffering was certainly there, it simply didn't have enough character building to meet the comparison. Until now.
Hit-Girl, whilst focusing on the child-assassin "Hit-Girl", was the opening to Kick Ass 2 that it needed. I initially feared that Mindy would become a cash cow, and that this book would detract from her character, and be kind of a "Mean Girls" rip-off. How wrong I was. With the exception of the grand finale of the book, it is somewhat lacking in the violence that I was expecting after reading Kick Ass 2, but don't let that fool you. The characterization regarding her plan to train Kick Ass and build her own Justice Team flesh out her character, and the stakes set out in this book regarding both Hit-Girls career in crime fighting, and the revenge plot concocted by the Red Mist, were both well needed, and make up for the very brief, or altogether lack of such, in Kick Ass 2.
I am also aware that this book is being combined with Kick-Ass 2 to make the sequel to the hit movie. Wise move Mr Millar!
The book maintains the tongue-in-cheek writing, and the climax is classic Hit-Girl. If you enjoyed Kick Ass 2, but felt there wasn't enough Hit-Girl in it (I for one wouldn't deny that), or simply want to see Hit-Girl doing more of what she does best, then this is for you.