Kick-Ass #1 – Review
I really wasn’t going to review this, but there’s been a bit of talk online about it. Essentially, I’ve tripped across enough links to reviews and promotion to feel like it deserved a bit of talking about here. It could be considered that there are spoilers, so if you want to avoid any spoilers whatsoever, don’t progress any further.
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
Writer: Mark Millar
Penciller/Cover: John Romita
Inker/Colorist: Peter Steigerwald
Variant Covers: Frank Quitely, Oliver Coipel
KICK-ASS IS BACK-ready to wipe out the city’s criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS? Find out in the first issue of this new, ongoing monthly series. Comic book legends MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA, JR. reunite for the next chapter of the greatest superhero comic of all time.
I want to say that I was looking forward to this series being completed, but when Dave Lizewski’s story ended, that was enough Kick-Ass for me. However, it did end with Mindy McCready beginning to train a new Kick-Ass, but this isn’t where this story kicks off. Instead, we get someone becoming a super-hero because of being dealt a bad hand by a selfish ex-husband. Needing money, she sets out to steal it from a criminal organization that ruins her hometown. The Kick-Ass identity is to cover who she really is, not because she’s out to be Robin Hood, although, to ease her conscience she does promise to donate half of the money.
Does this character merit a series? Of course. This explores a different motivation for a hero rather than seeking justice or getting revenge. This Kick-Ass is not setting out to make a difference, she just needs to get out from under the financial water, so to speak. What’s refreshing is that she actually has the skills to pull this off, where Lizewski flew by the seat of his pants. I find it refreshing to see a Kick-Ass not completely starting from scratch. I’m hoping to see some development of this Kick-Ass that shows some growth. Right now, she’s too much of hero, or at least not enough of one to merit using the name.
The art is good, but I expect nothing less from John Romita, Jr. There are a few panels that are janky, but overall, the panels are interesting with only minor lulls that make the great action shots so much more exciting. The coloring is more natural than in the original series, and the Kick-Ass costume doesn’t seem so out of place, coming across more as a real world piece of clothing rather than something chosen to look like a superhero costume. Putting it all together, it works, but it doesn’t quite feel like it should be called Kick-Ass.
Final Rating: 7.0 (out of 10)
Like I said, it meshes well, and it feels like it may be treading territory that’s a little different. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t feel like it should be called Kick-Ass. Hopefully, subsequent issues will build this story where it belongs in this world.