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Kick-Ass 2
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2012
Just to set the tone of this review, I have to say I prefer Book One of Kick Ass over this one.

Does that mean Kick Ass 2 is a disappointment? Well it depends on what you liked about the first book and also the level of depicted violence you can tolerate in general.
The genesis of the character "Kick Ass" displayed a great deal of character development, neurosis, real-word awareness and cheeky social commentary that made that particular Hero's Call unique. Hit Girl made the journey darker and more adult, but all-in-all, the first book was just plain old good fun.

Book 2 is something else entirely.
I personally love bloody violence, crazed emotions, revenge etcetera but the difference in level of violence between the two volumes is just too great. There is no continuity. I think it would have been better not to up the ante too quickly and just go with a more realistic progression.

The first few chapters of Book 2 reveal the formation of a "Superhero League", and if the story stuck with that and developed the idea further it would have been far more interesting than the sudden and forced level of depravity that instead ensued. How can we possibly believe that the useless and cowardly Chris could turn so darned evil and dastardly to the point of psychopathy? In no world does that make any sense.
Terrible things happen to Dave and there isn't really any time to soak it all in. Endless brutality, shock, and fighting serves to fuel the carnage building up to a promised earth-shattering Armageddon. But in the end we receive no catharsis. The explosion leads to let-down and frustration. The entire affair seemingly pointless and childish, almost a parody in itself.

If Book 2 did not exist, I'd be happy with what we already had. Nothing of worth is really added to the story narrative and even Hit Girl seems to have lost her touch. If you are curious however and do like your fair share of violence I say give this a go.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2012
As a fan of the original kickass book (but not the movie) I was pumped to see what Mark Millar would do next but what I found is a over the top action book with good art but no character development and lacklustre story.

This book collects kickass 2 issues 1-7 and takes place a few months after the events of kickass. The first 3 issues are good and feels like it is going to lead into a huge climax but after that the book just goes downhill except for the last few pages of issue 7 which left me feeling let down by the book.

The book starts in a similar way as kickass, kickass started by showing the lead character strapped to a chair being electrocuted so it made you want to find out how he got in that position while kickass 2 starts with him explaining everything bad that has happened to him and the book follows these events.
The plot revolves around Red mist's return, wanting revenge against kickass as he blames the "superhero" for the events of the first book, red mist plans on starting a mass murder and fight with kickass in times square. Kickass on the other hand is trying to form his own super team to help him fit crime in new York better while hit girl has promised to never go back to her crime fighting ways.

We are introduced to new characters such as doctor gravity who carries a baseball bat covered in tinfoil, A kid from the same school as kickass called battle guy, Night-%#@?! A woman who found her sister dead in a dumpster and others but these people aren't in the book for long which leaves them to be forgettable (I had to look through the book again to find their names)

The art is the best part of the book; colours pop out in the parts at night and the action seems to flow nicely but the art is ruined by bad dialogue filled with multiple swear words being shoved together. The art itself is even more graphic than that in the first with gallons of blood pouring out of dead bodies which fans of the first book would expect and probably enjoy but the characters seem to be more vulgar, at one point there is a rape scene and in my opinion it was completely unneeded. The villains never seem like the kind who are evil enough that they would rape someone so when they do it seems very out of place.
There dialogue seems to be 1/3 swear words which readers of kickass will be familiar with, even some of the people's names include swear words such as night-%#$!? and the mother-%£#?!& these are the kind of names that 13 year olds would say when they are in a bad mood.

People who were in love with the first book or movie and are desperate for more kickass will probably enjoy this but I think the majority of people will find this too childish and laugh AT it rather than WITH it. Overall I think a lot of people will find the book to be a let down due to the climax being a bit short and dull but also I know some people will love this book for being overtly over the top.
Overall: 4.5/10
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
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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on 27 September 2013
I bought this book for my boyfriend and he enjoyed it. Said he finished within a couple of sittings. I haven't personally read it but my partner said it was a good read but he can't imagine everything in this book to be in the film version due to it being too violent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2012
The other reviewer said a lot of the points I'd make myself, so I won't double up. What I will say is that this is a good read and provides a lot of entertainment. I read the first Kick Ass after seeing the film, and thought it was superb. There's a lot of bleak humour and savage violence, and it lacked much of the movie's light touch.

Some of this book lacks the more natural touch of the first, as they have a hard act to follow. There are graphic murders, one of which seems to hint back to Nazi atrocities, but the fun factor still manages to come through, which is quite a feat. This is a good read.

I've read one stunning new book this year that really surprised me, so I'll mention it here as a tip - the uproarious Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys, which is as good as it sounds. Warmly recommended.
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on 13 January 2013
Its a ok read with the same style of graphics as the previous one. I think the storyline is a little bit lacking with this and I thought the ending could have been better. Will be nice to see how this translates to the big screen.
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on 27 August 2013
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. This is even more so. Can't wait to see the conclusion.
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on 26 February 2013
Being a fan of the original comic and the movie release hitting the right spot I had to get this even more bloodier and hard hitting than the last such a fantastic read if you ain't got this well you need it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2012
Literally the only reason people give this bad reviews is that kids die and a girl is raped (but it is not shown). I don't mind violence in entertainment at all, so it did not bother me in the slightest. I thought all the characters developed well like they did in the first Kick-Ass and i LOVE Hit-Girl. There were some cool new characters (even though most don't last long) and i cared the whole way through, and i laughed many times. It was a very enjoyable read for the most part and any fan of Kick-Ass should love it. Now time for the Hit-Girl comic and Kick-Ass 2 the movie!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
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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