Kick-Ass #2

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: April 2, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 11
7.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Sickening violence...just the way you like it. The most screwed-up superhero comic of all time continues in what's sure to be the most exciting launch of 2008. What would happen if you tried to be a super hero? What would happen when an ordinary man in a latex suit comes face-to-face with the criminal underworld? Read about super heroes like you've never seen them before and feel happy that you are living here right now when this book is being published. Your grandchildren will only envy you. Comics just don't get better than this.

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Apr 2, 2008

    If anyone does any real ass-kicking this issue, it's John Romita Jr. Naysayers will silenced not just by his storytelling, but by his action sequences as well. There's no gratuitous single or double page splashes filled with crazy over-extended limbs. In fact, there's not any real gratuitous violence in this issue at all. It's just real. This is where the sure brilliance of the creative team comes into play. Showing a lot of restraint, they keep the action grounded. When Dave's on the ground being beat, he doesn't do some crazy move to get back on his feet, he flails his legs and arms just hoping he'll connect with a devastating blow. And that's what this creative team does: They connect with us on a primal perverse manner. It's we, the readers, who are the gratuitous ones. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Daniel Crown Apr 2, 2008

    Kick Ass might not be completely true to life, but it is about as feasible as a superhero comic can be, which I surmise is the author's very intent. It's the perfect amalgamation of actuality and entertainment, and putting the story itself aside, I find the process itself intriguing enough in its own right - and to that regard, Kick Ass is easy to recommend to just about every fan of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Apr 6, 2008

    But it is worth reading. Certainly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas Apr 1, 2008

    Kick-Ass is not what I would call a particularly edifying read, but it's an entertaining one nonetheless, and this second issue has surprised me by continuing the heavy focus on characterisation that we saw in the first issue as well as taking the plot to some unexpected places. The final developments of this issue mirror the denouement of the previous issue, which initially made me worry that the book was going to get repetitive very quickly. However, Millar twists the premise of the nasty cliffhanger from last issue into a different direction here, with a final page which promises to take the story to a different level next issue. Im interested to see how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Apr 4, 2008

    As for the art, John Romita, Jr. sure can draw blood, which is a good thing, the last half of the comic book is filled with it! But I found I enjoyed the art in places where I didnt enjoy the writing. Daves hallucinations have an eerie, disturbing quality to them that is quite enjoyable and reflective of what Dave may be going through. The fighting felt stiff with little fluidity with the characters looking like they were frozen in various positions instead of moving. Judging by the bonus script in the back of this issue, Millar gave Romita plenty of room to flex and some of it is great. The use of the garbage can for not only the can itself, but also the lid as a weapon just works well within the fight. These moments add to the believability when the script falters. So judgement of the art comes down whether one wants to look at the art as supporting where the script needs work or as poor collaboration. I for one, am divided, but I still am enjoying the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 2, 2008

    The first issue was amazing, but this follow up felt a little weak in comparison. It's still a good book and worth picking up, as I still enjoyed it, but no one could fault you for skipping this either. Read Full Review

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