Kick-Ass #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: John Romita Jr Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 14
7.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 15, 2018

    Image Comics brings back one of its most popular series with an all-new Kick-Ass. Let's see how it did. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Romulo Casas Feb 17, 2018

    This issue knocked it out of the park as far as a first issue can go. Kick-Ass has always been a book that pushed the envelop of what a comic book can do and I am expecting no less from this story. It already started off with a bang and was not a slow start at all to this series. Its always nice to see some new Romita Jr. art so that is also exciting as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 12, 2018

    Kick Ass was a great read the first time it came out. The polish of the story may have been tarnished with the sequels and as such, the two co-creators, Millar and Romita JR have taken the wise step of starting over. Does this mean that others from the shared universe will make an appearance? The answer is probably. Still, this book with its reimagined hero turned heroine may well continue to thrive. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Feb 13, 2018

    Overall, I loved the introduction to the new Kick-Ass story arc, believing it to be a solid and impactful start. I find the new direction, new characters and new setting to be a refreshing shift in the Kick-Ass saga. I'm really looking forward to seeing Patience grow throughout her journey as Kick-Ass, and seeing where her new life will take her. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Feb 13, 2018

    Millar and Romita, Jr. breath new life in the 'Kick-Ass' universe with a hero for our times - a fierce black woman saving her community while supporting her family and her dreams. A more serious take on their green-and-yellow suited vigilante with the same bone-crushing action and exciting art. The legend of Kick-Ass continues and Patience makes her presence felt as the more than worthy successor.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Feb 14, 2018

    Ladies and gents, this is the moment you've waited for. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are back once again. That means it's time for another high-action, character-infused series within the realm of Kick-Ass. So grab those super-suits and bully clubs, come along for the ride, and meet the new face behind the Kick-Ass mask. It's going to be another wild time. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Feb 13, 2018

    Overall. This is a strong first issue, which turns everything you think you know about Kick-Ass on its head and presents a less comedic version of the character who has real issues balancing life with the job of a vigilante. Bring on issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 27, 2018

    This is a great jumping on point for new readers, and a great story for those craving more real human superheroes like we have seen in the past from Millar. Pick up Kick-Ass and get ready for a new brand of justice. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Feb 21, 2018

    Kick-Ass returns to bookshelves with a new main character and a new brand of bloody superheroing. Despite some visual and plot hiccups, KICK-ASS #1 hits the mark with its lead protagonist, Patience, whose realism and sense of self-perseverance sets her apart from other characters in the medium. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Feb 12, 2018

    The eye-gouging, nut punching action is just the cherry on top of the excellent facial expressions we get from a black super heroine all throughout issue #1. These two artists are off to a marvelous start and I can't wait to see where they take us. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Feb 13, 2018

    Kick-Ass #1 is a welcomed return. If you loved the world and style in these comics, this new volume seems like a good continuation. Millar and Romita Jr. together at the very least always offer a kinetic and fun comic book reading experience. The storytelling is strong and you'll want to learn more about Patience and her plight at the end of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 14, 2018

    Kick-ass is back and, dare I say, better than ever folks. Kick-Ass #1 is one of the better first-issues that I've read in some time; the books moves fast and thanks to an authentic script and great artwork is a powerful debut issue that shouldn't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Wesley Messer Feb 16, 2018

    Overall it's New Reader Friendly but with some flaws, but gorgeous art. It may not be perfect but Kick-Ass #1 is a solid read.I will be curious to see how many other new to newer readers check out Kick-Ass #1. I have some issues but overall I enjoyed my time with it. A solid B ratings wise as it passes my tests but with some room to improve. Give this a shot yourself and I really do want to know what you think if you try it. In my own case, I now have a bunch of Kick-Ass trades to dive into and learn more about this universe. Thanks for reading and enjoying my newbie adventure into the world of Kick-Ass. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 16, 2018

    Still, while it remains to be seen where Patience's foray into identity theft will take her, as far as debuts go, Kick-Ass #1 is a great relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jonathan Baldessari Feb 16, 2018

    The new Kick-Ass is an evolution in terms of character, tone, and intent. Patience to an extent is a greater fulfillment on the promise of the series than Dave ever was, a protagonist with heart and a fierceness that's easy to root for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Feb 14, 2018

    I recommend picking up a copy when it hits stores for the read and the speculation. Even though it took quite a license with military reality, its the devil is in the details approach to storytelling is still worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Have A Hulk - Nicola Austin Feb 14, 2018

    Issue one kickstarts this brand new series with a bang and really sets itself apart from theDavid Lizewski tales, Patience is a breath of fresh air and genuinely kicks ass! The issue raises some intriguing questions too, like how is this going to fit in with the continuity of the larger universe and what part are the other characters going to play in this tale? Also isn't wonderful to have a person of colour headlining such a well known comic? I really had a blast reading this comic and I can't wait for issue 2! Read Full Review

  • 7.9 - John McCubbin Mar 3, 2018

    Kick-Ass #1 isn't quite the start we were expecting or hoping for from this reboot, but nonetheless it is still a tantalisingly good read. Introducing us to our brand new Kick-Ass and what causes her to go down this path of vigilantism, the creative team form the basis for what could easily become another smash hit. All it needs is some time to grow and a fine balance of smart storytelling and exhilarating action to turn it into a success. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Feb 16, 2018

    Continued below(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Final Verdict: 7.8 " While not exploring unfamiliar territory, Millar, Romita, and team deliver a very strong issue, where script and art come together to tell an interesting story with even better characters. This could be the beginning of a new age for "Kick-Ass" that does not pander nor alienate long-time readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - MJ Rae Feb 14, 2018

    This is a brand new (though familiar) world for Kick-Ass, and hopefully this new take on the universe and a new home at Image comics proves successful for Patience. Like Doctor Who, Spider-Man, or the Flash, the hope is that Patience takes inspiration from the character of Kick-Ass and what he stood for, and creates another aspect to that legacy by taking on the mantle and continuing the fight for justice. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Feb 24, 2018

    This is a new take on the Kick-Ass story. I just found it a little disappointing. Though the comic can't be the same as the movie, which I loved watching, it was missing a key piece. It didn't have the part where Patience makes the hero her own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Jon Carroll Feb 14, 2018

    Overall the new Kick-Ass is a mixed bag, a fumbled attempt at producing the kind of comic the industry needs with some really nice looking art. It might have been successful if Millar had bothered to delve a little deeper into the inner life of his protagonist and brought to light something that felt half as true as Dave Lizewski did at his best. He can do great stuff when he doesnt try to outdo Garth Ennis in being edgy. I wish he would remember that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Aaron Jones Feb 20, 2018

    Patience Lee is fresh off a tour in Afghanistan and returns home to Albuquerque, New Mexico to find some unexpected changes to her life with her husband and two young children. Eventually this leads to her donning the Kick Ass costume but why you may ask? I read the whole thing and I still kind of don't know why. The art doesn't disappoint but story will hopefully fill in some holes as we move on. If you're looking for exactly what the Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl of old did, you'll be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Harrison Abbott Feb 11, 2018

    Finally,it's worth noting that there's still time to improve. After all, the first book didn't truly hit its stride until the introduction of a certain foul-mouthed tween at the end of its third issue. So if Millar has something (or someone) of a similar calibre up his sleeve for this, then that could really step things up a gear. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 15, 2018

    Kick-Ass #1 is heavily flawed and in the exact ways you probably expected. Theres no guarantee those flaws will go away, and I can completely understand if they turn people off to this comic. That being said, Patience is a compelling character, and Romita and Steigerwald bring their A-game to the art. I can tentatively recommend this one. Check it out if you are up to it. No judgement if youre not. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - David Gladman Feb 13, 2018

    Overall, as impressive as it looked, I cant shake the feeling that this was another story first and a Kick-Ass continuation second. I only hope I am wrong and that this series goes on to be a classic like the Dave Lizewski era. It is a decent start and look forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Gage Bullock Feb 13, 2018

    Overall this was a decent first issue but not as strong as some of Millars other work. This book does feel and look more cinematic than the original Kick Ass, but doesnt seem to have as strong of a start as a comic book itself. Hopefully the next few issues the book will slow down a little bit and be allowed more room to breathe. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 14, 2018

    The hope was that moving Kick-Ass to a new publisher and introducing a new protagonist would be enough to kick this franchise into gear and allow it to finally start seizing on its potential. This series at least gives us a much different lead character, but in all other respects it feels like more of the same. This series is trapped in a weird middle ground between grounded superhero drama and wacky, violent romp. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    411Mania - RobF Feb 22, 2018

    In the end there is little to recommend her, unless you are a die-hard Romita completist. While It has a new character, she is hardly a character to root for nor is the action a must-see. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Feb 14, 2018

    As a vehicle for mayhem, Kick-Ass #1 is more than capable of delivering. That is not how this series is presented, however, and there's a distinct lack of self-awareness regarding its love for carnage. Read Full Review

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