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

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  31,680 ratings  ·  733 reviews
Dave Lizewski is just an ordinary American teenager. He has a MySpace page, he loves comic books and he is unable to find a girlfriend. Then an idea hits him: why not become a real life superhero? Soon, his life will never be the same again.
Paperback, Hit Girl Cover Edition, 216 pages
Published 2010 by Titan Books (first published February 2008)
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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
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Dec 31, 2014 Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* by: Alejandro
It's happened-I've turned into a comic book nerd. I was one when a child and now I've gotten sucked back into that abyss..and I like it.

This book was pure awesomeness.
Dave is just that nerdy kid. He reads comic books and hangs out with his friends when not fantasizing about his biology teacher. His mom has recently passed away and his dad works long hours at night. Dave realizes it doesn't take trauma to make you a super hero: just loneliness and despair. So he suits up.

Dave does not have an e
This comic book really kicks... butt!!!


I hadn't read the original comic book story until later having watched the film adaptation. In fact, right after watched the movie, it was like "Oh, my God!!! Why the heck I haven't read that?!!!"

So, I bought then, the TPB, since sadly, I guessed that it was gonna be impossible to get the single issues of the miniseries already too late after publication.

But, I guess fate favored to the real fans, since some months later, between two lo
What’s more entertaining: a murderous, gun-toting, foul mouthed raccoon or a murderous, sword wielding, foul mouthed little girl dressed like a superhero? Frankly, it’s a toss-up.

Dave Lizewski is a bored, depressed, comic book reading teenager, who goes beyond just reading and fantasizing about superheroes. He dons a costume, sneaks out of his house and fights crime. And promptly gets beaten up.

Comics have come a long way from romanticizing super hero exploits. The notion that someone could get
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
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
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 p
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
“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.”

Yo también quiero disfrazarme y salir a combatir el crimen..... o solo disfrazarme

Sangriento, crudo, violento, Kick-Ass sí patea traseros. Es una novela gráfica perfecta para los amantes de la acción y el peligro, y para quienes aman las escenas de peleas. Sobra decir que me encantó, incluso más que la película.
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
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)
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
Deborah Markus
The fact that the two children on the cover are covered in blood is almost fair warning -- as much as they could put on a picture everyone will see. This is one of the most graphic, grisly comics I've ever seen. I had to ask a friend if I'd been out of the comic scene so long that this was now the norm. He assured me it wasn't.

The extensive gore is the point of this narration. Kick-Ass is a young man who wants to be a superhero. This story is trying very hard to show what that would mean in real
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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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
Jan 14, 2015 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mark Millar fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was an enjoyable -- and extremely well drawn -- graphic novel, but the "real-world super-heroes" meta-theme is starting to wear thin on me. I originally discovered this self aware sub-genre in Alan Moore's Watchmen, have continued to see it pop up in films like The Incredibles, and have also read about it in Millar's previous graphic novel Wanted.
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
"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
"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
Paul Nelson
Kick-ass is the first graphic novel I've read from Mark Miller and it certainly won't be the last, the story flows majestically and the pace at times is frantic. Extremely violent, full of blood and gore with some spectacular kill shots amid a multitude of weaponry. The artwork is impressive, kick-ass receives a variety of beatings leading to a brutal torture scene involving electricity and our protagonists testicles, but the star is undoubtedly hit girl. Just when you think she's down from mult ...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
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.
I want to start off this review by saying right away that this comic is definitely not for everyone. If you saw the movie and hated it, you won't enjoy the Graphic Novel. The movie is very accurate. If you never saw either but have a strong disliking for cursing in books, you won't like this. If you have a probably will gory violence, you won't like this Graphic novel. HOWEVER! If you like the idea of two kids trying to make the world a better place by fighting crime like they have seen their fa ...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
OK so it sacreligious to say I preferred the movie version? At least there Dave seems to maintain some connection to reality, here he's just a nobody, even his friends are assholes. The comic book version is not as fleshed out I guess? Or maybe the movie version just fleshed him out too much. He's supposed to be that empty and shallow? I guess so. The movie was funny when it was over the top as a joke, the book actually ends up being sadder. Funny thing is the violence in this book is so ...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
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
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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?” 64 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.” 21 likes
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