Filed under: Features | Tags: Bestof2013, Hit-Girl, John Romita JR, Kick-Ass 3, Mark Millar
Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. started the third and final chapter of Kick-Ass, their creator-owned comic book series that brought superhero’s into the real world with a strong emphasis on the word “reaI”.
While the first volume surprised the comic book world and beyond with its ultra-violent, foul-mouthed themes…..there was definitely something there with an average Joe fighting for justice. With Dave Lizewski coming of age in that time and through a slightly more disappointing volume 2…..it’s here in volume three that Millar has brought back the strong writing and depth that we seemed to drift away from for a while.
The first movie took a step away from some of the core ideals that the title created and perhaps that’s what lead to a lesser warmth towards volume 2 for me (I haven’t seen the film yet to know if that was any good) but the latest volume looks to be closing off the trilogy with style. In among those volumes though we had the Hit-Girl spin-off which took a step in the right direction too and maybe paved the way for this strong final act. JRJR’s art has stayed strong throughout though and 5 issues into it……I get the feeling that I’ll miss this title. For all its flaws in a celluloid conversion and for the drop in interest for that middle act……its spin-off and the story so far has returned it to be a title I’m desperate to get hold of. Even though I know this brings it closer to an ending I don’t want to reach…..I can’t help but feel that it’s bowing out with style and at the height of its creative flow…..and I’m sure I’m not the only one considering ordering a wetsuit off eBay right??
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