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Good start but disappointing end,
This review is from: Kick-Ass 2 (Hardcover)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.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2012 16:26:11 BDT
Mr. A. Condron says:
The problem of exciting start declining to lame and sometimes nonsensical finish recurs in many of Millar's stories. Thanks for review has convinced me to spend my ££ elsewhere
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2012 17:52:54 BDT
A. Dalby says:
Thank you, it's comments like yours which encourage me to be open and honest in my reviews
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