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During my travels i read the second installment of the Kick-Ass comic, which is the sequel of the comic series and movie Kick-Ass created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
I have to admit that it was a delightful read, including graphic violence. To those unfamiliar with the series, the story is about a teenage boy, Dave, an avid comic-book reader, who, after some extenuating circumstances, ends up dressing-up as a super-hero and attempts to do good, protecting the innocent as best as he can. During his first adventures he teams up with the ten-year old girl Mindy (Hit-Girl), trained by her father (Big Daddy) from a young age to fight against crime.
The storyline in the sequel picks up from the point where Mindy attempts to have a “normal” childhood, after her father’s death, while she trains Dave to be a better fighter. Their nemesis, the Red Mist, has been traveling abroad…reassembling his strength and recruiting villains for his come-back. Mindy is forced to abandon this double-life, while Kick-Ass has been joint by other masked-vigillantees who form an allegiance aiming to assist and protect. However, Red Mist’s return dampens their plans, since the masked villains are out on a killing spree.
The whole issue of masked crusaders is dealt in a very realistic approach, highlighted by the fact that the police cannot distinguish the good-guys from the bad.
It could be argued that it is a warning tale to all the geeks out there wishing they could roam the streets fighting evil in tights and capes, and hanging out at their secret headquarters.
Favorite quote from the series was when Mindy, notorious for her cursing, said: “Avengers fuckin’ assemble, asshole”.
Despite the heavy foul language, graphic violence (gang-rape, killing innocent children, the Russian mercenary, the ten year old girl with the highest body count), and the realisticly pessimistic tone of the comic, there is also an underlying positivity, by the characters who sacrifice themselves for the greater good (Mindy), or for the ones they love (Dave’s Dad).
Kick-Ass 2 will also be turned into a motion picture in the near future.
Note: The Kick-Ass comic has some differences from the movie plot, so it is advised to read the first volumes as well, prior to getting a copy of the sequel.
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