Review: Kick Ass 3 #8

Review: Kick Ass 3 #8

Kick-Ass 3 008-000KICK ASS 3 #8
Mark Millar (w) 
John Romita Jr (p) 
Tom Palmer (i)
John Romita Jr (c)
variant cover by Steve McNiven
FC • 48 pages • $5.99 • Mature 

The epic series finale is here! Kick-Ass dons the costume one last time…will he be going to his death or a triumphant ride into the sunset? And has months in lock-up dulled Hit-Girl’s death-dealing reflexes just when she needs them the most? This milestone double-sized issue marks the end of one era and the start of a new Millarworld universe. Must not miss!

Note: despite my best efforts, there may be spoilers in the review.

REVIEW:

It was delayed quite a bit, but I have to say that the wait was worth it. This entire series was ultra-violent, yet focused on the relationships these characters formed as super-heroes and how being super-heroes affected their relationships. This issue not only wraps up the story in the same way the first 2 parts were wrapped up, with a grand showdown and then wound up all of the loose ends  with a closing monologue. Without giving away any spoilers, the characters get their own happy endings, which means different things for each of them.

I look forward to reading the entire story from beginning to end now, and feel like the story and art stay consistent. I would have liked a couple of characters to have had happier endings, but this series was always meant to be set in a more realistic world.  This still requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, but Millar spent a lot of time setting up precedent for us to suspend our disbelief in how effective Hit Girl can be against a large group of criminals, especially if she has enough time to plan out her attack.

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Hopefully, there will not be a Kick Ass 4, as that would just seem to be too much of a betrayal of the ending that Millar crafted here. There is a possible fifth story available for the series, focusing on a young adult Hit Girl, but given the way this story lagged at the beginning of this volume, I’m content with this being the last that we see of her. This is clearly the end of the story and changing it to a midpoint ruins its significance.

Do I recommend this book? Definitely, but only if you can handle the intense violence that’s depicted here. If you can’t find it any longer, than I definitely recommend picking up the collected edition soon.