Kick-Ass #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: February 27, 2008 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 8
8.0Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

The greatest super hero comic of all-time is finally here. WOLVERINE: ENEMY OF THE STATE's team of MARK MILLAR (CIVIL WAR) and JOHN ROMITA JR. (WORLD WAR HULK) reunite for the best new book of the 21st century. Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to some kick-ass? Well, this is the book for you--the comic that starts where other super hero books draw the line. KICK-ASS is realistic super heroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you're an idiot!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Daniel Yanez Feb 27, 2008

    I didn't expect the ending as well. How does he get to be a superhero if he's almost dead? I can't wait for next issue! Every comic book fan needs to buy this comic, it's about you! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Feb 27, 2008

    Excellent premise, solid execution and some of Romita's best art in a long time. I think it might be a new inker responsible for the cleaner images, but, honestly, no one actually notices the 'tracer' (don't hate me inkers, it's a Chasing Amy joke), so it might just be a different style for a different book by JRJr. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Feb 28, 2008

    John Romita Jr. follows the theme of realism in his pencils, filling the action panels with blood, bruises, and very grounded fighting. If a character even simply gets punched, it is felt and shown to have serious consequences. There are no supermen, when someone gets attacked Romita Jr. makes sure the reader knows that this would be exactly what would happen if it were to happen down the street. The characters all look very normal as well. Even the supposed hot girl sitting behind Dave is nothing to gawk at. Daves friends and himself are all skinny, plain-looking kids. Romita Jr.s art has never felt been disproportionate to the extremes that can be seen in many titles, so his approach is perfect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Richard George Feb 27, 2008

    This is a remarkable start to a series that is shockingly fresh despite revolving around a very basic premise. I guess the one thing I really wonder is if I can continue to empathize with Dave enough to continue to care about the series (you identify with his character enough, but he's also a bit of a jackass), but with Millar proclaiming his already working on a third arc, there must be more tricks up this ingenious book's sleeve. I can't wait to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 27, 2008

    In the end though, I'll be the first to admit that originality be damned Kick-Ass #1 is an entertaining comic, and I'll definitely be coming back for more. Just don't tell me it's original, or I might try to kick your ass (sans costume). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Feb 26, 2008

    This is really good work from both Millar and Romita. IF the hype machine puts you off of checking this out, don't be that guy. Give it a look and ignore the ad copy. There's a lot of comics love here, alongside a lot of fairly realistic exploration of the concept. If it can maintain the intensity and creativity of this first issue, without giving in to the lowest common denominator approach to scripting that mars moments of this issue, this is going to be well worth the time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Feb 26, 2008

    Kick-Ass seems like the equivalent of junk food for the brain, and whilst that sounds like a damning criticism, it's not meant to be; it's just an honest description of the way this story feels. If you approach the book as a fun exploration of the misadventures of a wannabe superhero, you'll probably enjoy it a lot more than someone who is looking for more serious insight or commentary on the genre. As long as you have a balanced diet, there's no harm in occasionally snacking on something that might not be good for you, but is tasty whilst it lasts - and Kick-Ass serves that purpose perfectly well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Feb 26, 2008

    Millar often seems to strive to be controversial, and thats definitely the case here. He fills the book with swearing and graphic violence, which is probably enough to get his fans on his side, even though he is portraying comics fans in general in a pretty harsh light. I suspect this will be talked about as much as Wanted was, with many people calling Millar a terrible writer who personally insulted them (while still spending money on the book). But its certainly not a bad story, and there are some hints of interesting developments to come. And the issue ends on a moment that really makes you want to see what happens next. So, while I dont know if I would recommend it, I predict that it will cause much hand-wringing (and high sales). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Feb 26, 2008

    Overall, Millar has put together a provocative look at super hero conventions which pokes both fun at its devotees while at the same tries to have a meaningful, albeit implausible purpose. Its going to be fun reading the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 9, 2012

    It's always a pleasure to see John Romita Jr.'s artwork, but this is hardly one of more noteworthy efforts. Lately, I've noticed he seems to reserve his more meticulous, focused and deliberate work for creator-owned projects such as Kick-Ass, whereas his linework on splashier corporate comics is a lot looser. The latter no doubt brings tighter deadlines and more editorial influence, but some of the sketchier, rougher bits in this comic seem to reflect where the artist's creative priorities lie. I tired quickly of the several swooping Phoenix visuals, designed to convey the immense scope of its power, but that's really more of a failing of the script than Romita's storytelling. I thought the artist's exaggerated approach to facial features in the Cyclops/Hope training scene successfully conveyed the dysfunction between the two and signalled just how far gone Cyclops is as a result of a life of hardship and heartache. Read Full Review

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