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Kick-Ass (Kick-Ass Vol. 1: 1-8)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  23,432 ratings  ·  671 reviews
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 re...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Marvel Comics (first published February 17th 2010)
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I’ve got to be one sick puppy. Only a twisted individual could find great entertainment in watching a pre-teen girl slaughter gangsters while wearing a costume and cursing like a sailor.

(As a bonus, I’m now scared of my niece. She is about that age, and she does gymnastics and dance so she’s got all these crazy flippy-flip moves. Thanks to being raised with video games, she’s also got reflexes like a fighter pilot. God help us all if she goes dark side.)

But while I loved the movie version of Kic...more
Like a a lot of people I had seen the movie before reading the comic and thought it would be redundant but that was nicely far from the truth. It's very similar to the movie but there were enough differences to keep me engaged.

Tale is about a high school kid who becomes an actual superhero but finds himself mostly getting beat up as he tries to protect people. His first incident is so bad he ends up in the E.R. But somehow he keeps going and inspires other people to later become superheroes and...more
I laughed my ass off at this. Everyone in Perkins thought I was a crazy person....
Kick Ass


Now, I will admit that I honestly have not heard about Mark Millar’s famous series “Kick-Ass” until I heard about the movie that came out. Even though I have not seen the movie yet as of this review, I was interested in checking out the comic book it was based off of before watching the movie and I must admit; I was TOTALLY blown away by this really creative concept of a comic book!

What is this story about?

Dave Lizewski was your average high school teenage boy who is not that pop...more
There’s a great line in Kick-Ass, the film adaptation, where comic-book-nerd turned vigilante-superhero Dave Lizewski proclaims to his friends “Jesus, guys, doesn’t it bug you? Thousands of people want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spiderman”. Dave’s query cuts to the core of Kick-Ass (still the film), which beneath all the flayed limbs and gored bodies, is about doing the “right” thing, about standing up for what’s right and trying to make a difference. The superficial pleasures of...more
4.5 stars. I really debated between 4 and 5 stars on this one and settled at 4.5 (with the possiblility that I may bump it up to 5.0 at some later date). However, this rating comes with a strong warning. Any parent that lets their kids (meaning in this case anyone under 25) read this book deserves to be spanked (I'm 39 and I may still be too young to read this).

This is foul-mouthed, gruesome, violent, violent, did I mention violent, story about kids doing things that kids should never do, namel...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Ah well, such is life. Unusual thing for me to say here, skip the graphic novel/book and just see the movie.

I never saw the movie based on the Kick Ass comic book. I wasn't that fussed about it. Then Kick Ass 2 came out so when Kick Ass came on TV I thought, "what the hey, see what it's like".

It's not a bad movie. It's a little graphic. I didn't get bugged about the violence as it was pretty much in context...except for one scene: (view spoiler)...more
Sam Quixote
A lonely young man decides to right the wrongs of the world the only way he knows how - by dressing up as a superhero called Kick Ass and wandering the streets for crime! News of his exploits spreads via YouTube and Facebook and soon he is a celebrity but not before he's beaten nearly to death during his first encounter with crime. He soon finds other "superheroes" though - the Red Mist, another young man with a costume but no real powers, and Hit Girl, a 12 year old girl with mad martial arts s...more
I was totally blown away by the movie. By childish ultra-violence, yes. With reservations regarding a totally unbelievable character, yes. But still, the movie seemed to aspire to all the great and awful heights of real superhero comics, while simultaneously investigating the comic fandom mindset and the nature of real vs. comic book violence, and it was really interesting intellectually while also totally, hard-core-pornographically stimulating to that awful part of me that rejoyces in movie vi...more
Ariel Acupan
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Everett Pantaloons
"Why do people want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spider-Man?"

This is a question that a young, comic-loving Dave not only asks but acts on, eventually taking up the guise of the crime-fighting Kick-Ass. But he's no Spider-Man. No, no, no, far from it. In fact he's more Paris Hilton than he is Peter Parker. Sure, he shares similarities with Spidey, mostly youth and immaturity, but he's lacking what fundamentally makes Spider-Man the hero that he is: responsibility. It comes free of ch...more
"Kick-Ass... is a hollow exercise, a satire of the superhero genre that completely misses the point about what superheroes are....The problem is that Kick-Ass wants to be a superhero, but his conception of heroism is all wrong. "We only get one life," he says, "and I wanted mine to be exciting." He sees the thrills, the violence, but not the underlying sense of moral mission. He says himself that he has no real origin, that "It didn't take a trauma to make you wear a mask... Just the perfect com...more
Hyper violent, supremely strange and a bit disturbing but overall a great fantasy with lots of great references to comics and entertainment. Bloody as all hell and a good overall story arc. Mark Millar is one of my favorite authors who consistently writes good solid stories from a male perspective of comic fantasy.

Ah TUNK, now I want to see the movie! I hope it's just as gory and disturbing as the book... but I assume it won't be as graphic.

My only complaint is I'm not a John Romita Jr. (art) fa...more
Honestly, this books gives a bad name to geeks everywhere. I did not like the main characters, and this book is clearly not our "world,"like Mark Millar said Kick Ass was.The plot is rather trite, and uninspiring; anyone could had written this story.The only saving grace was the art team: John Romita Jr, Tom Palmer, and Dean White; all cheers for you guys. Others adore Mark Millar's writing style, but I found his style to be pretentious, unrealistic, and he relies on shock value way too much. I...more
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I'm not quite sure why everyone's so enthusiastic about this book. Maybe it's because they really identify with Dave's desire to be a superhero in a world gone to shit and his obsessive fantasizing. Maybe that really just taps into some primal fanboy feeling everyone has. I guess I don't have that.

Kick-Ass is not as intense as the reviews and introductions lead me to believe. It oscillates between Dave feeling like a depressed losing bargaining with an empty God and him freaking out/hulking out...more
Ryan Mishap
This will be two reviews--one will be the four star version but we'll start with the one star review (spoilers):

One Star Review: An amoral, bloody mess that celebrates ignorance and values destruction over empathy. The bad guys are all gross caricatures bordering on racist. The good guys are stupid, venal, and liars.

Four Star Review: A violent, bloody take-down of super-hero worship. Takes the ideas of Watchman and applies them to a world steeped in video violence and kids who grew up on video...more
William Thomas
Mark Millar is a fucking cunt.

That's right. He is. I don't understand how he did this. How he made a story that EVERY comic book fan in the history of comic book's has had into a comic book. So simple. So easy. And so completely brilliant.

When I was a kid, about 8 or 9, I used to dream about being the Batman. I waited patiently for puberty to come and for my
Mutant powers to manifest. I wanted to be a hero. But it never panned out like that. Of course it didn't. All those sketches an pencils of c...more
Wow! I'll admit it. I really thought I'd hate this one. I'm more of a violence lite kind of girl, and Kick-Ass definitely does not go easy on the gore. Never in million years would I have thought I'd enjoy seeing a 10 year old ninja-girl carve up mobsters like a psychotic Cuisinart. But I did. So there.

Now, I'd like to say that there was some strong underlying social commentary that was woven into the fabric of the story. That way, I could at least pretend there was a morally superior reason tha...more
I agree with Mykle's review: the book is fine, but the movie is a clear improvement. The story flowed better, and I thought all the important changes to the story were good ideas. In particular, the romance with Katie was more fun, and so was the ending.

Above all, though, the film medium allowed many sight gags that were impossible in comic-strip form. Starting with Hit-Girl's amazing balletic routines as she dispatches dozens of huge, heavily-armed opponents in hilariously bloody fashion. They...more
I enjoyed the graphic violence and language, and overall it was a lot of fun. But I did find some of the characters faces and expressions a bit annoying in their rendering, especially Hit Girl.
It was great. Totally violent, ironically funny, a bit coarse, and perfect for what it was intended to be. I didn't have any problem following the story, like I have with other "graphic novels" I've tried recently. The teen lead is really relatable, the story was exciting and there were some great new ideas. I'd recommend it.
This is a gleefully offensive and very funny take on superheroes that stops just short of being a spoof. The first two or three issues are the best. After that, it loses its ability to shock and becomes over-the-top and repetitive. Still, it's a good idea well-executed, and very enjoyable for what it is.
Raeleen Lemay
If you loved the movie as much as I did, I would definitely recommend checking this out! I should warn you though, it contains a ton of swearing and gory stuff (I love it.)
This was a great break from the novels I've been reading recently. I've had a tendency in the last few months to read quite long chunky books that are quite in-depth and require a great deal of concentration, so it was great to escape into a world of fast-paced violence and comedy, which Kick-Ass definitely provides.

I started reading this graphic novel a few years back when I first got it (no doubt after I saw and loved the film), but I never finished it for some reason. I find that particularly...more
Janne Varvára
In a corner of the apartment, the BF has a two meter by one and a half cardboard movie display showing Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. Too law-abiding to have thought of it himself, his naughty best friend stole the thing for him from the movie theatre, knowing how he loves Kick-Ass. They grabbed the thing and ran for it. Good stuff.

This was one of the comic books that was handed me by my BF, who knows I appreciate great stories and artwork. He hasn't been wrong yet, I loved it.

I'm usually not one for su...more
If you wanted to offend and titillate hardcore comic book readers and then some, you'd write Kick-Ass. Mark Millar did, and this led to one of the most mainstream accepted offensive yet slickly made movies out there.

The artist/writer duo here obviously work well together, being seasoned veterans of the industry, and you get the sense that the collaboration isn't distinct to each role. The story emerges from Millar's script and becomes a mutable beast to come out a bloody and wicked satire on the...more
I must admit I became interested in Kick-Ass the comic, after I saw it's clever and entertaining movie adaptation. Now that I've read the comic, I can say that it was a most successful adaptation, despite the alterations in characters and plot that were "necessary" to have Big Daddy played by Nicholas Cage. While Kick-Ass perhaps may never attain the legendary/epic status of Watchmen, Sandman, Sin City (just to quote the obvious examples of comics -or graphic novels, for those who feel they need...more
Nicholas Karpuk
What always amuses me about Mark Millar is that his greatest strength as a writer is often also my greatest problem with his writing.

Kick-Ass is the only property by Millar where I watched the adaptation before reading the original, and I really should have known what was coming. When you watch a Millar comic brought to another medium, it's almost expected that some of Millar's rough edges will get sandpapered off so as not to make movie-goers uncomfortable.

Lemme give you some forinstances:

- Th...more
Rod Hilton
A painfully self-aware, meta comic book about comic books. Overall, a pretty enjoyable read, but not a very deep or introspective book, largely content to stand as an example and satire of comic tropes rather than delve into deeper issues. It often relies on violence in lieu of real content, filling panels with violence in what seems like a cynical attempt to be "edgy".

I've seen the film as well, and honestly I feel like the movie lost absolutely nothing of value from the book. For an 8-issue bo...more
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Mark Millar is an award-winning Scottish comic book writer born in Coatbridge. Now a resident of Glasgow, Millar has been the highest selling British comic-book writer working in America this decade. His best known works include: The Authority, Ultimates 1 and 2, adaptations of Jack Kirby's and Stan Lee's Avengers, Wanted, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and Civil War. In Augus...more
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“Jesus, man. Why do people want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spider-Man?” 54 likes
“It didn't take a trauma to make you wear a mask. It didn't take your parents getting shot...or cosmic rays or a power ring...Just the perfect combination of loneliness and despair.” 17 likes
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