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"You do the big guy. I'll kill everyone else"
on 4 August 2013
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.
Stan Lee is reputed to have told Roy Thomas "never give the fans what they want" when be began writing for Marvel back in the 1960s. This comic shows what happens when you do, literally and figuratively. I felt embarrassed - by or for, I'm not sure which - the comic fans in the comic who went out and dressed up as heroes. I also started to feel tired of the incessant bloodshed in the story itself. Fortunately, I was reading a library copy, so I didn't spend money directly on it. I'll still read the next volume to find out what happened though.