Review of Kick-Ass #3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr

You will not believe what happens after this panel

Stone me. If you’re one of those geeks who flick to the final page of a comic first then Kick-Ass #3 will make your head explode. All over your comic shop.

A nice bloke called Michael Horwitz, who’s an editorial assistant at Marvel, just pinged me a review copy of the latest 22 pages of foul-mouthed, blood-soaked lunacy from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr, and he said: “Attached is the pdf of Kick Ass 3 for your reviewing pleasure. Apologies for the delay in getting this to you; hopefully that last page (and it’s a killer!) will make up for it. Spread the word! Kick Ass is back!”

He should have a cape.

If you’re going to have the audacity to call a comic Kick-Ass then you better be damn certain that you have the balls to deliver something that does in fact kick ass. Millar and Romita Jr don’t disappoint, not for one panel. The comic is rollicking along, it’s a strapping read. And then BAM! The last four or five pages veer off into something spectacular. I didn’t see it coming, but the implications of what I read actually make perfect sense. That said, I can imagine Romita Jr on the phone to Millar saying: “You want me to draw what?!?”

Kick-Ass certainly doesn’t take any prisoners. The last issue ended with our titular hero getting a doing after once more donning his costume to fight crime, and this latest instalment opens with him as a genuine internet sensation, courtesy of a bystander who filmed it all on a mobile phone. Office workers are watching it on their computers, school kids are blue-toothing it around the playground, late-night TV hosts are making him a cause celebre, and it’s all going to the head of the boy in the suit, Dave Lizewski.

He swaggers into school and suddenly finds the confidence to try and fire into the hottest girl in class. The suit is empowering him, despite all the kickings he’s getting, and he can’t wait to get back out there on the rooftops and alleyways of New York. There’s plenty of bone-rattling violence from Romita Jr as Dave finds himself in another tight spot.

I won’t spoil the last few pages, other than to say that they are sheer mayhem. It’s a cracking finale, it’s meant to shock, but once you settle down and think about it, then it all makes sense in the context of what’s happening. More than that, once you look beyond the gut-wrenching surprise, it is a pretty alarming take one of the oldest conventions in superhero comics.

Oh, and I’ve been saying Robert de Niro will be in the movie adaptation of Kick-Ass and after seeing this next panel I’m more certain of it than ever.

De Niro baby!

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11 Responses to Review of Kick-Ass #3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr

  1. Muhammad says:

    That first pannel is all kinds of fucked up.

  2. bobmitchellinthe21stcentury says:

    Ha, it is now that you mention it. Someone on another board linked here and said that Kick-Ass gets sodomised in the latest issue. He doesn’t by the way!

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  4. Muhammad says:

    Was it the Voices from Beyond board?
    ‘Cause that was me.

  5. bobmitchellinthe21stcentury says:

    Hhhhmmm no, it was from a Hellblazer forum called Stating Opinoion as Fact. I haven’t seen the board you mentioned. Thanks for taking an interest though man

  6. bobmitchellinthe21stcentury says:

    Muhammad, is it your own blog? I’d like to take a look at it

  7. bobmitchellinthe21stcentury says:

    Check out another great review here guys

    http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/reviews/archives/278

  8. Muhammad says:

    Actually, the Hellblazer board was known as “Voices from Beyond” until a few months back when it became “Stating Opion as Fact”.

    So I guess it was me.

  9. bobmitchellinthe21stcentury says:

    Aaaaahhhh gotcha, I’ll go check it out man

  10. bobmitchellinthe21stcentury says:

    Yep I see it now, St Apathy. Now I think about it, the pic is maybe misleading the way I’ve presented it. He’s actually getting held down and getting a kicking when something else happens in the room that surprises everyone, including Kick-Ass.

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