Review: Kick-Ass 2 #3

Published on August 31st, 2011

Kick-Ass 2 #3 has finally been released and I was starting to think I would never see it. We know that Mark Millar has decided that he will solely focus on his own creations as far as comic books go, but with John Romita Jr. being so busy with his art duties on The Avengers, I didn’t think we would see a new issue of Kick Ass for quite some time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy to see this issue, I’m just shocked that it happened.

kick-ass_vol_2_3Now, since it has been so long since we saw the second issue, I had to go to Wikipedia and get myself back up to speed. Five months between issues is a little much and makes it a little difficult to keep track of things. So let me try to sum things up for you: Dave, AKA Kick-Ass, is still spending his time after school as a real-life crime fighter. So far, Hit-Girl has decided to keep her promise to her mother and not be a superhero, but Dave has found out that one of his best pals, Marty, has also decided to become a superhero, and the two have joined a bona-fide superhero team called Justice Forever.

Things are going well for the Justice Forever heroes. Their numbers are growing all the time, and Dave and Marty have decided to invite their pal Todd into the group. Justice Forever are doing a whole lot of good for the community. They’re taking down gangs and prostitution rings; but that’s not all, these guys are also doing volunteer work and just being helpful to anyone who needs it. Sadly though, just when things are going well, we have to be reminded that this book is written by Millar. Which – of course – means everything goes to Hell, and Millar takes us to a place I never expected to go. Seriously, the ending to this issue is one of the most shocking things I have ever seen in a comic book. It’s about as disturbing as a murder scene from the movie Seven.

I enjoyed this issue a lot. It’s filled with the same humor that we’ve come to expect from the first series, along with the crazy violence that really makes this book what it is. It’s odd that at one point when Justice Forever is helping out in a soup kitchen, everything seems happy and almost inspiring, but when the shit goes down, it brings everything to a level I didn’t know this book could get to. I love the stuff that Millar comes up with, I just can’t stand the wait between issues. I wasn’t kidding, it’s been five months between issues so far. I don’t know why I don’t just wait for the trade to come out for this. I know a lot goes into making a comic, especially one as good as this, but you would think that it wouldn’t be impossible to get through one miniseries in an entire year. If anyone asked me, I would recommend they wait for the trade to be released; but this book is just too awesome to wait for.

Ken Zeider