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Kick Ass 2 has a tough act to follow,
This review is from: Kick-Ass 2 (Hardcover)
OK. I've never written a review before but looking at the other reviews on this page made me do this just to balance out all the hate.
So the mantra chanted in these reviews is: There is not enough character development and too much gratuitous violence which has been included solely for shock value. Now I must admit that I can totally understand why people say these things. Too bad I disagree.
Let's be honest and admit why we are fans of the first one. Ludicrous characters, witty dialogue, dark humour and of course hyper-violence. All these things were present in the first and they are present here. Kick Ass 1 never had a very deep story. It was short and sweet and so is this one. How do you top a hyper-violent comic book? You write something even more weird and twisted and that is what Millar and Romita Jr were trying to do in this book.
Now the sequel is rarely as good as the original but this is still very much a Kick Ass book and it has a very distinct style which only Millar has the audacity to write. Many of the scenes will make you uncomfortable yes, but that is their function. They make you totally hate the antagonist and genuinely fear for the characters as you know that in this nihilistic world of Kick Ass no one is safe from a gruesome death. Honestly if you've read any of Millar's previous independent work you should not be surprised. Other scenes are just plain awesome. The final showdown at the end is very cool and I can't wait to see that in the movie adaptation.
In closing, I would say that if you liked the original you should like this one. It doesn't have the novelty factor that the first one had so of course it's not going to have the same punch. This is something the author and artist tries to remedy with extending a middle finger to everything that is holy in western society...and that is the number one reason I like it. It might seem a bit contrived but it is refreshing that in an age where everything is politically correct and tamed down to increase commercial success some one has the courage to trample all over that.