Review: Kick-Ass 2 #2

Published on April 4th, 2011

The boast made on the cover of Kick-Ass 2 #2 reads, “Warning: This book contains greatness!”  Does the book live up to it’s promise?  Keep reading tofind out!

Kick-Ass 2 #2 is written by Mark Millar with art by John Romita Jr.  This is the continuation of the story of Kick-Ass, the worlds first, real-life superhero.  Kick-Ass doesn’t have any superpowers, or a cool origin, he’s just a regular kid from the ‘burbs who decided that he was going to become a superhero.  One wetsuit, a mask and a couple of night sticks later, he was on the street and fighting organized crime…and getting almost every bone in his body broken in the process.

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Issue #2 of Kick-Ass 2 shows our hero fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams: being asked to join a team of superheroes!  The team, called Justice Forever, is just a bunch of ordinary people who, like Kick-Ass, decided to put on masks and fight crime.  They explain to Kick-Ass their reasons for becoming superheroes and, in the process, Kick-Ass realizes that one of them, Battle Guy, is really his friend Marty from school.  This issue ultimately takes Kick-Ass and Justice Forever out on a bloody mission to break up a prostitution ring.

Kick-Ass is a great title in almost every way.  Millar’s writing is fantastic.  He gives the book a very realistic yet gritty feeling while injecting a lot of humor into it as well.  The beginning of the issue tells the story of how two Justice Forever team member’s son got abducted, which lead them to becoming superheroes.  A page or so later, we find out that Marty is not only a member of Justice Forever, but he had concocted a fake story about how someone murdered his parents, cooked them and force-fed them to Marty.  He made up the story so that the other members of the team would think that he was a badass, too.  Also, in perfect Millar fashion, Kick-Ass 2 is brutally, ass-clenchingly violent.

There is really no artist in the world better suited for Kick-Ass than Romita Jr.  His gritty, dark style works so perfectly with the world that Millar has created.  He’s completely unflinching in his depictions of violence and blood/gore.  It also doesn’t hurt that he’s at least in the top 5 best artists in the business today.  He’s also developed a very clear tone for Kick-Ass that is completely separate from his other work.

The one downside to Kick-Ass 2, is the delays.  The original Kick-Ass run was rife with delays and there was a delay of about five months between Kick-Ass 2 #1 and Kick-Ass 2 #2.  Hopefully, from here on out they can keep Kick-Ass 2 to at least a bi-monthly schedule.

So, to boil it down to one phrase that sums up this issue/book…Kick-Ass 2 is flat out, fuck-balls awesome.  Hats off to you, Mr.’s Millar and Romita Jr. Please just do me one huge favor, and try to keep this book on a regular schedule.  I can’t wait so long for this kind of greatness.

P.S.  My fiancee says that she’s going to cosplay as Night-Bitch.  Photos to follow.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com