Saturday, April 05, 2008

Kick-Ass #2 (Marvel/Icon)

The initial forays in the debut issue of the novice, no-powers superhero, were, to put it mildly, disastrous with some very black humour injected into the scenes. In Kick-Ass 2 we get to see the aftermath, and the slow, painful rehabilitation of our 'hero', David Lizewski. The pace is slow, but well-written allowing the reader to experience the time it has taken Lizewski to recover from the beating he took from the graffiti sprayers. We also get to learn of his turmoil, and there's a scene where he is in tears about the trouble and cost he has put his father through.

Despite vowing never to don the costume again, and even burning the comicbooks he blames as the root cause, it isn't that long before he has recanted. By the final pages, the green and yellow ski-suit is back in action. The violence is full-on, with lots of close-ups of faces being pummelled and blood spraying and leaking all over the panels.

It is a book that is easy to pick up and enjoy. The only criticism at this point is the fight scenes at the end of this issue. This 15 year old has been through a major trauma in the recent past, and his previous fighting skills were negligible. Bearing this in mind I find it hard to believe how he gets up off the floor and begins fighting back against a gang of big Puerto Ricans who look like gang-bangers. If this book is to have any credibility with its claim of having a 'real-life' superhero as its main character, will it not be a whole series of 'ass-kickings' for Dave before he gets to start succeeding in the role???

Verdict - Another strong issue, with great art and solid writing. Not the usual comicbook fare, and for that I recommend it. 8 out of 10.