Writer: Mark Millar / Artist: John Romita, Jr / Image Comics
Disclaimer: You must play Mobb Deep’s Quiet Storm when reading this final issue of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass run. Why?
“Cause it’s the real shit, shit to make ’em feel shit
Lump ’em in the club shit
Have Patience wildin’ out when you bump this
Drugs to your eardrum, the raw uncut
Have a sucka OD, ’cause it’s never enough”
We pop off issue #6 with Mr. Solo, the meticulous monster that he is, who can’t get enough of his own accomplishments. He figured out who beat down Bronco and his boys, put Maurice in a coma and got Violencia thrown back in jail. He found out her weakness, capabilities, name and address, then exploited those findings. All so Hoops could walk in all high and mighty, ready to pop a cap in the vigilante’s head.
Problem is, once these fools backed ‘ol girl into a corner, snatched up her child and told her she had 30 minutes until the lights go out? Patience achieved her final form; but how, though? She’s handcuffed to a chair with more than a dozen career killas and criminals infesting the place. Nightstalkers have faced worse odds. It’s about to be open season on every gangsta, goon and gambler in that warehouse; and they ain’t have a clue! They brought them thangs out and it was a Syrian warzone in that bish! Choppers were singing! Pew! Pew! Blam! Blam! Brrrrrat!! Curtains for each and every one of them. Don’t fuck with a U.S. Army veteran who has plenty to lose.
The introduction of a black woman as Kick-Ass was an impressive and inclusive decision on the part of Mark Millar. He’s never shied away from moves that some wouldn’t touch with a 10 ft pole. It didn’t matter if some thought black women don’t sell in comics. He believed in his story and believed that the artists he chose to work with him would depict his word with a certain level of excellence, and thank Bast they did. John Romita Jr. deserves all the praise for showcasing the various thugged-out styles and African-American hair textures you can go with for black characters in comics. That kind of stuff doesn’t go unnoticed by everyone, and those that do pick up on it appreciate being seen and included. The representation was real. His violent, action pack art was unreal. It all just worked so well.
This ghetto Robin Hood tale was one that has been missing from big-name authors and comic book companies. There isn’t another non-POC writer I would’ve chosen for the job. Kick-Ass has featured excellent storytelling and a good amount of drama on Patience’s road to victory. As expected with Millar, all of it was based in real-world problems that people are dealing with right now.
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