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Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl

(Kick-Ass #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,786 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked saga! Mindy McCready tries to settle into life as a regular school-girl, but wants nothing more to be dispensing hot justice to the scum of New York City. Her mother thinks she's doing her homework, but in reality she's taken Kick-Ass on as her sidekick and training him up to punch, shoot and stab ... just like Daddy would have ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published February 27th 2013 by Marvel (first published January 29th 2013)
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(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: A surfeit of indecency, it’s sanguine and sincere: a gag-laden interlude fueled by revenge and served cold with relish.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hit-Girl strikes in two fronts!!!


I got this in its single issues, but I do the review on this edition to make a better overall review about it.

Hit-Girl is "in-between" story set after of the events of Kick-Ass but before of the events of Kick-Ass 2.

It was obvious that since the character of Hit-Girl became such huge...well...hit! That Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr., will do a "solo" title story. But this really is like a "middle-chapter" inside of the general
Pramod Nair
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-book
But as I look around at American Idol & the Karadashians & kids my age with makeup and cell phones… I realize this was everything my father was trying to protect me from.

Thank god this is only my secret identity.

After a few weeks of settling in I get to be Hit-Girl again tonight”

Mindy McCready a.k.a Hit- Girl, the pint-sized death dealer is back with more stabs, punches, kicks, slashes and bullets in this blood-drenched saga from Mark Miller and John Romita Jr. which bridges the gap
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great link up story to the main story arc. Bloody, action, exactly what you'd expect after reading Kick Ass.

Mindy McCready is a badass. Nuff said.

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I had already professed this in my review for Kick-ass 3, but I do not like Hit-Girl (anymore). I think she is too much of a mean-spirited, untrustworthy, homicidal maniac to have my sympathy. But this book actually turned out to be a very fun read, because it is not only about Hit-Girl. Dave and Marcus get large sections of this book to shine. This book is also much better than the book it is preluding. This book also has the best joke in the entire Kick-ass series. "DID SOMEONE ORDER A FUCKING ...more
Sooraya Evans
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
A decent spin-off.
But a lot of things featured here about Hit-Girl's past life with Big Daddy got me thinking.
How could a lame accountant be well-versed in CIA torture techniques, fingerprint analysis and combat training; well enough to train his own daughter?
Despite a lot of funny nonsense in the series, Big Daddy's resume is one that puzzles me the most. Don't forget the way he met his pathetic demise. I'm just saying...
Sam Quixote
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome comic that takes place between the two Kick Ass books. Hit Girl takes the spotlight and goes after the gangsters who killed her pop. Full review here!
Gary Butler
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
67th book read in 2017.

Number 9 out of 631 on my all time book list.

Best book I have read so far this year.
Jesse A
Quality is in line with Kick Ass 2. Not quite as good as the first but still satisfyingly fun.
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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There's really not much to say about this at all. It's one of the most boring, uneventful, and unnecessary things I've ever read.

A prelude to Kick-Ass 2, bridging the gap between Kick-Ass and its sequel, it follows fan-favorite Hit-Girl, the 12 year-old assassin. While I don't dislike Hit-Girl, I'm not the super-fan many seem to be, though I can admit that in a story with poorly crafted characters, Hit-Girl is one of the more enjoyable of the lot. Deserving enough of her own comic? Perhaps.
A solid story about Mindy McCready and her very unusual past with her father. There were new additional characters in the Kick-Ass world and I am loving it.

Also… Hit-Girl is a badass! Deadpool would be proud.

Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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This was a pretty solid addition to the Kick-Ass family. 3.5 Stars...not quite 4.

Set between the end of the original and before #2 (though somehow published and written after #2); it follows Mindy (aka Hit-Girl, in her transference from Big Daddy to Estranged Mom and Cop Stepdad.

We get to see her out of her element, in Middle School/Junior High. She's picked on, made fun of, and doesn't have a clue what to do. Enter Dave (aka Kick-Ass) who's agreed to help her fit in and know everything cool if
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I know that there is a lot of debate surrounding the new Kick Ass movie, and I know that the story is uber-violent, and disturbing, but there is something that is constantly bringing me back to the books themselves. Now, full disclosure, I read Kick Ass 2 before Hit Girl, and honestly, it doesn't really matter. I like the connection between the two stories, and having read Hit Girl would have cleared up the why's and wherefore's I had reading Kick Ass 2, but it didn't diminish anything really.

Deborah Markus
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Disturbing. (Duh.) I found it a better read than the first book, possibly because Hit-Girl is simply way more interesting than Kick-Ass can ever be. She's completely messed up -- but how do you call her "damaged" when her abilities have rendered her virtually invulnerable? Sure, she takes down a mob boss -- and several dozen of his closest associates -- and, okay, the entire population of death row (she was in the neighborhood, so she figured she'd "save the tax-payer a little cash"). But she ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Depraved and twisted FUN!
Nicola Mansfield
Man, this is fantastic! Even better than volume one! Hit-Girl is the main focus in this one and she is so bad-ass the series should be named after her, not Kick-Ass. Dave breaks his hand and Mindy has to take on the Mafia single-handedly to save her family who is being threatened. Violence galore in the most amazingly creative way. Fantastic characterization of Mindy and Dave leave you caring for these guys as real people. The art is amazing and even though it's a gorefest, it is beautiful. ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Solid. Probably not quite as good as the first book in the series, but this still had it's moments.
Kayla (onthefritz)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Damn, Hit-Girl is such a badass!
Didn't love this as much as Book One since this was mostly just Hit-Girl, but still so gory and action packed.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Kick-Ass is back with a vengeance in this prelude story, to both the movie and the comic Kick-Ass 2, featuring Hit-Girl. The book collects the the five issue series and was created by the usual creative team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

After the death of her father in the first Kick-Ass series, pint-sized vigilante Mindy McCready finds herself back living with her nervous mother and police detective step-father. This proves to be to be a fly in the ointment for Mindy who , as Hit-Girl,
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Kick- Ass volume one was amazing and likewise I was assuming Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit- Girl would be equally as amazing. I am sad to say I was very disappointed. The main purpose of this volume was to be a filler that was not needed. When I was reading it all I could think was where is this going? why do we need this.

Now, don't get me wrong. I still enjoyed the characters throughout the graphic novel and their sense of humor. But the whole comic just didn't seem to fit into the world of Kick-Ass
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The second trade in the Kick-Ass series. This one, as expected, focuses on Hit-Girl. Mindy may know numerous ways to kill someone and able to wield numerous different weapons, but she is struggling to fit in at her junior high school. Fortunately for her, she is able to strike a deal with Dave: she will train him to be a proper superhero (how to fight) if he will help her adapt to normal life. Her normal life is interrupted by the reemergence of the mafia. Hit-Girl isn't able to stay in the ...more
Alex Sarll
It became clear early on that, for all its pretence at being 'superheroes in the real world', Kick-Ass was nothing of the sort. That Batman can do the things he does while being merely human is, if anything, more fantastic than the powers of Superman or Green Lantern. That a kid could do likewise, even if you show them getting injured from time to time, is more outlandish still. And in this volume, with a little girl taking down a whole mob family, any last shred of plausibility is long lost. It ...more
Jamie Sigal
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another fun ride in the universe of Kick-Ass, this story, focussing on Hit-Girl as she struggles to fit in with a bunch of hard high school bitches while both taking on the mob (with a little help from Kick-Ass, of course) and hiding her secret identity from her mom and step-dad, Millar once again impresses with his easy style of story-telling, fun dialogue, and ultra-violence, and as a life-long fan of JR Jr., I found this thoroughly enjoyable. Not quite worth five-stars because there weren't ...more
Jeff Raymond
I've been a fan of the Kick-Ass books for some time now, and getting my hands on the Hit-Girl prelude has been a goal for some time. Reading it is pretty much exactly what I expected - lots of violence, lots of cursing, lots of lunacy.

What I didn't expect from this was a lot more heart than has been shown in the other issues so far. What has mostly been an excuse for absurd, realistic ultraviolence took a backseat in this trade for what was a really interesting look at how families might deal
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully violent glimpse into Hit-Girl's mind and I loved every blood-soaked, jaw dropping minute of it. Mindy is really wired differently, a true product of how Big Daddy raised her. We get glimpses into her previous life and they are by turns funny and astounding. I cheered for her when she handled those mean girls and my eyes misted at her recollections of her dad. I wish the mother wasn't so fragile, though, so she could pursue what she was raised to do. I understood where the ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Not quite as good as the original Kick-Ass, but this Hit-Girl follow-up is a good balance of Millar's trademark violence, and some personal drama for Mindy outside of murdering people. It's not a clever comic by any stretch, but it is entertaining enough and bridges the gap between the two Kick-Asses nicely.

Romita Jr.'s art is solid, but it all has a strangr sheen to it, which I'm not sure if inker/finisher Tom Palmer or colourist Dean White is to blame for. It's quite distracting at times, like

A quick four chapters. As usual with this writer, I was entertained, but rated R for violence. I chuckled out loud in parts. For art, I prefer Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates) or Steve McNiven (Wolverine: Old Man Logan) to John Romita, Jr.
Silvia Turcios
It was interesting to learn the story of Hit-Girl during the period between Kick-Ass 1 and 2, but I cannot help feeling guilty that I enjoyed this comic with such gruesome murders :(. And although I really like Hit-Girl, I have to accept that she is completely crazy :S
Marcus Hutchens
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Knocked this whole thing out in one sitting while the power was out at work haha =p I think it might have even been better than the first because Hit-Girl is definitely the star of the series. Awesome ending - wish they would have included this in the movies =] 5/5
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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, ...more

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