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(Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years #1)

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Have you ever really wanted to be a super hero? Dave Lizewski has - and he's not willing to let it stop with simple daydreams. Designing a suit for himself and taking the name "Kick-Ass," Dave decides to make his dreary existence more exciting - and maybe even help some people in the process. But with no special powers and outmatched by New York City's most hardened crimin ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Marvel Comics (first published February 1st 2010)
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(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: Very Itchy & Scratchy, it's nuts: a salty teenage fantasy, with heart beneath its blood and guts and rollicking vulgarity.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 year old assassins
Re-Read 2016


My 16 year old son wanted to read this, which made it easy for me to have another go at it, and see if I still thought it was a fun bit of savagery.
It was!
Poor idiot kid...I could totally see this shit happening to me if I ever decided to put on a wet suit and fight crime.


PS- My kid loved it. He even made me go back to the library to get Kick-Ass 2 and Hit-Girl.

Original Review: 2011

Wow! I'll admit it. I really thought I'd hate this one. I'm more of a violence lite kind of girl, and
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero, comics
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 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 tw
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix, favorites
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
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I laughed my ass off at this. Everyone in Perkins thought I was a crazy person....
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Doing a re-read with these new editions out from Image. Millar and Romita take a real world approach to what would happen if a teenage comic book reader actually put on a costume and tried to fight crime. They'd get their ass kicked repeatedly. Romita doesn't pull any punches either. Every punch is illustrated in full bloody, pulped glory. My one gripe is Romita draws all the teenagers and kids with huge heads. They look like bobbleheads. Then Millar throws us a curveball with Hit-Girl. Here is ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dave Lizewski is a smug, lying, know-it-all douchebag. He’s a lower-middle-class entitled white kid with a father, friends, freedom, yet he creeps on women, beats up minorities, obsesses over his own fame, and somehow thinks of himself as desperate and lonely enough to prove himself. What a hero! If the least empathetic hero ever isn’t enough, his world is filled with cliché gangsters and gratuitous, unenjoyable violence. Nothing to keep me reading here except JRJR’s artwork.
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 th
May 26, 2010 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
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 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Biggest waste of my time. If you're autistic like me, don't bother reading. It's ableist as hell.
Sucky part is I was actually looking forward to reading it
Pramod Nair
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
"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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. Story was so similar to the film but definitely had its differences. I actually liked the novel more. The artwork was oh so gory and colourful. Great work from Romita Jr. Cant wait for the next volume.
Deborah Markus
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
L. McCoy
I had seen the movie before and really liked it but this here comic book is even better.

What’s it about?
A highschool aged teen named Dave Lizewski is obsessed with superheroes and comic books. One day he wonders why nobody has tried to be a real life superhero so what does he do? Make himself a costume and become a real life superhero.

Why it gets 5 stars:
The story is very interesting and well written!
The artwork is fantastic.
The characters are very interesting. I’m pretty sure 90% of people read
k ♡
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2018
god this was so good and entertaining. a little gory and pretty explicit but that’s pretty rare to see in comic books now so it made it even more enjoyable. everything is so censored so no one gets their feelings hurt but this....isn’t!

kick-ass has the most relatable origin story of any superhero — a fan. he has a pretty boring life and is a total loser. he gets beat up the first couple times he’s on the streets.

hit-girl and big daddy are the best! big daddy’s twist origin is also so relatable t
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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)
David Schaafsma
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I kind of conflated the Jackass and Kick-Ass franchises in my head without having had more than a passing familiarity (i.e., film trailers, quick book ads) with either of them. As it turns out, both are funny, violent, and undermine the idea of what it means to be a "man." Like Shakespeare's Prince Hal with Falstaff, we get to debate the nature of true courage and manhood, and choose Falstaff's buffoonery. So Kick-ass is so violent and the language so bad that I had to hide the language and pict ...more
Jul 31, 2013 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
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kick-Ass story starts off with Dave Lizewski asking the question-why hasn't anyone tried to be a superhero before.

Inspired by all the comic books Dave reads, he buys a costume off of ebay and heads out looking for crime late at night. Unfortunately for Dave, his crime fighting leads him straight to the hospital.

Even after almost dying, Dave heads out again but this time he is somewhat successful in his second stint as a vigilante and becomes a hit senstation.

After gaining some notoriety, a girl
Himanshu Karmacharya
Kick-Ass is a fun ride that one binges from start to finish, but wouldn't want to recommend to anybody, just like a Michael Bay movie.
The book is funny at times, and the action is great. But there isn't much to the plot and the pacing feels rushed. The only likable character is Hit-Girl.
There are some unexpected twists and several nerdy references, so people who are already into comic books, and who love black comedy and gore, may enjoy this one.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-indies
Anti-hero sarcasm at it's best. Kick-ass breaks the fourth wall and bombs the reader with genuine dark humor about the stuff he himself thinks of when reading superhero comics. All that in juicy violence that turns up to be more fun that gruesome with Romita's simple and fast paced art.

It fast, funny and unconvetional. Go for it.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fi-i-guess
2012 view: Kick Ass book one - a superb tour de force of superheroing reality set in New York. A fanboy teenager, still at school decides to become a costumed superhero and finds out that it is far more dangerous and difficult, but also more addictive than he ever imagined. A Watchmen-esque take on costumed heroes by Millar and in my opinion an even better take on the genre. (2nd reading). 10 out of 12

2010 view: Kick Ass season one - a superb tour de force of superheroing reality set in New York
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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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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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