KICK-ASS truly has become something in comic books. Created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., it spawned four mini-series of comics, gave us one of the most memorable characters in the last six years (Hit-Girl), and had been adapted into two movies -- the first one, co-scripted and directed by Matthew Vaughn, is now a cult classic; but the second one, from hack Jeff Wadlow, was a disaster (If that's not enough, Wadlow wrote the introduction for this book that collects all the issues of KICK-ASS III [2013-2014] - why couldn't Vaughn done it instead?!). Yet, it's always for the best to stop the saga rather than watch it fall into a huge creative decline, and KICK-ASS III, much to my relief, goes out with a bang.
Beginning where KICK-ASS II (2010-2012) left off, Hit-Girl is in jail, and Kick-Ass is left to keep the Justice Forever team in order, especially given the fact that the sinister Ricco Genovese - the uncle of Chris Genovese/Mother******, Kick-Ass' nemesis, has returned from exile to unite order all the East Coast crime families. As the story unfolds, Kick-Ass' alter-ego, Dave Lizewski, realizes that there is more to life than trying to be a superhero when he finds love with Valerie, the history to how Hit-Girl/Mindy McCready was trained by her father, Big Daddy/Damon McCready, is revealed, and the question of does Ricco really have Chris in his powerful control is soon shown.
I won't reveal of what happens at the end, you're going to have to buy this book to figure out what becomes of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. But I can assure you, it will leave you feeling satisfied, and not downhearted. I was also very happy to learn from Millar that the conclusion to the KICK-ASS saga isn't just the end, but rather a new beginning. The references to Millar's other comics, such as NEMESIS (2010), SUPERIOR (2010-2012), KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2012-2013) and MPH (2014) left me grinning. And since Millar's has been on a role recently with JUPITER'S LEGACY (2013-????), STARLIGHT (2014) and MPH, I'm really am looking forward to see what he has planned in the future. Despite some of the criticism he's received for going a bit overboard with the violence and swearing in his works, Millar is still one of the better comic-book writers working today.
Honestly, Millar and Romita Jr.'s (who's art in these comics are very impressive indeed) decision to end the KICK-ASS saga with this was the right decision. It's always best to stop when you're still on the top and go on to do different things. Farewell, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. Your journeys may be over, but you both will never be forgotten.
I've been waiting to read the final instalment in the amazing series that is 'Kick Ass' for far too long now, so as soon as I could buy it I did hesitate. This is something I would recommend all fans of the series to do. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr have brought the series to its conclusion, and what a fantastic read it was! This series has never failed to entertain me from the outset, and will more than likely remain as my favourite series in the superhero genre. What Mark and John have done is redefine the genre in its own hilarious and twisted way, and sprouted one of the best stories I've had the pleasure of reading. Simply put, it's fantastic!