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

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  34,143 Ratings  ·  799 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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Apr 24, 2010 Kemper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero
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 *trains flying monkeys*
Dec 31, 2014 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains 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
Oct 02, 2014 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, comix
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
Jan 22, 2011 Dylan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 07, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pramod Nair
"I always wondered why nobody did it before me. I mean, all those comic book movies and television shows, you'd think at least one eccentric loner would have stitched himself a costume. Is everyday life really so exciting? Are schools and offices really so thrilling that I'm the only one who ever fantasized about this? C'mon. Be honest with yourself. We all planned to be a superhero at some point in our lives." - Dave Lizewski, a.k.a Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass from Mark Miller - of Marvel Comics fame – is
Apr 19, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
“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
Feb 15, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
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
Sep 28, 2010 Mykle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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May 06, 2010 Ariel Acupan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2015 Eric rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 16, 2014 Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
"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
May 02, 2010 Gabriel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 31, 2010 Crushi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2013 Mario rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I remember watching this movie back when it came out thinking how awesome it was. I loved the concept: just an ordinary guy who is inspired by his comics to put on a costume and mask to help make his city a safer place. I had to read the graphic novel.

Keep in mind this is a mature comic book, and the movie is rated R. With that being said, the movie is pretty close to the story told in the first volume in the series. I want to watch the movie again to pinpoint the exact differences to see if th
Oct 25, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
Nov 16, 2015 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2011 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, Jupit ...more
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“Jesus, man. Why do people want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spider-Man?” 71 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.” 25 likes
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