Writer: Mark Millar / Artist: John Romita Jr. / Image Comics
This issue right here fam? This one hurt. This one had hype. This one forced you to hope, then ripped your stupid optimistic heart out of your chest cavity with a vise grip. This one made you look at the role of a vigilante in a whole new light. When it comes to this Kick-Ass run, John Romita Jr. hasn’t had a better book to compliment his current gritty style of artistry.
Mark Millar has shown us just how resourceful Patience Lee can be and this issue was no different. Good thing too, cuz these opening pages ain’t lookin’ good for Kick-Ass out in the cold, harsh streets. She gettin’ yoked up, choked up, her brains battered like cake mix and beat the hell down, without an escape route in sight. Millar has quite the uncanny ability to thrust our hero in the most brutal and unforgiving situations.
You think it’s about to be curtains for our girl. You ready to pour out one for the homie when BAM: “Night Stalkers never quit!!” That motto hit, and it’s like she transforms into an incomparable beast. Of course, it takes a hell of a lot more than a motto to overcome a room full of 6 trained killas and 1 homicidal, unrelenting, raw, prison-loving, certifiably insane killing machine named Violencia!! Kick-Ass has stuck her neck out trying to save a cop who was simply doing his job. She has lost pints of blood, broken a bevy of bones and is being circled by sharks.
The stakes are insanely high and there are ramifications to every decision made. Patience has to use her wits and training to fight her way through a damn 90’s side-scrolling Sega video game level. It’s the real deal Streets of Rage out here, but the final boss turns out to be a life-shattering revelation. Millar and Romita Jr. have knocked this one out of the park again.
8 Hydrogen Balloons Out Of 10
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