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Kick-Ass (Kick-Ass #1: 1-8)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  33,473 Ratings  ·  933 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
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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: 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 17, 2014 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
May 20, 2013 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
Raeleen Lemay
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017, graphicomanga
Re-read August 2017

Still great! I'm so glad to be back in this world. I've missed it ever since the second movie came out!


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.)
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2010 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
Carlos De Eguiluz
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Aug 07, 2011 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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 with 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  ·  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
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Lizewski ist der klassische, nerdige Niemand an seiner Schule. Kein gehänselter Looser, aber dermaßen unauffällig, dass er weder viele Freunde um sich scharen kann, geschweige denn vom weiblichen Geschlecht auch nur eine Nuance positiver Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt bekommt. Während er sich in die Welt von Comic-Superhelden oder erotischen Fantasien mit seiner Biologielehrerin Mrs. Zane flüchtet, wächst der Wunsch, aus dem langweiligen Leben auszubrechen, etwas zu verändern, Abenteuer zu erlebe ...more
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
“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.
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
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
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
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Aug 19, 2013 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
Sep 28, 2010 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
Ariel Acupan
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2010 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.
Apr 28, 2014 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.
Katalina Istrak
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining to have a good time, a book with enough and good comedy with sadistic moments.
Jan 29, 2014 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
May 02, 2010 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
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“Jesus, man. Why do people want to be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spider-Man?” 74 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.” 23 likes
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