Kick-Ass returns – Kick-Ass #1 review – Outright Geekery
Written By: Mark Millar
Art By: John Romita Jr.
Colors and Inks By: Peter Steigerwald
Lettered By: John Workman
Digital Ink Assistant: Megan Madrigal
Production and Design: Melina Mikulic
Editor: Rachael Fulton
Publisher – Image
Kick-Ass is back and just as brutal as ever the story is now set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like all Mark Millar stories he hooks you in with characters that seem real, their problems are real and relatable. This Kick-Ass is no different. Patience Lee returns from the military where she was a part of an elite team called the Night Stalkers. She returns to find her world and all her plans for a civilian life have been completely flipped around. Her husband ran off and left her to care for her children as a single mom. Patience struggles to make ends meet and in a town that is run by gangs the only real money to be made is dirty. Trying unsuccessfully at integrating into civilian life with dead end jobs and a lack of adrenaline that she misses from combat, Patience suits up as Kick-Ass and hits the streets to take her city back.
Mark Millar proves again why he is one of the best in the game, this story starts out with Patience’s first time wearing the costume, we then cut to a flash back to twelve weeks before the opening scene. It is her last mission with her team, they are deep in enemy territory, surround and out numbered. We really get a feel for Patience and who she is as a person. She is strong and can accomplish a lot of great things. I am very much looking forward to seeing her story as Kick-Ass play out. Millar makes this story seem fresh and drops very little easter eggs about the Dave Lizewski years. This issue is easy for new and old fans of Kick-Ass to get into. The book as an immediate familiar feel that makes the original Kick-Ass such a great book. This book was a great introduction into this new character, we got some back history and a lot of setups for future issue and plot lines.
This book’s drawn by its co-creator and comic veteran John Romita Jr. Romita Jr.’s style is very unique and original. He brings that style back with this issue which also helps to make this book feel familiar. You know instantly that it’s a Kick-Ass book. What I find great about his style is that he makes all characters and background character follow that style and it works for every page, they all follow his trademark look. This book is colored and inked by Peter Steigerwald and like all good colorists he really makes the pages pop out. His color palette fits very well for the story and with Romita Jr’s art. The action shots are clear and the story panels are all very well placed and easy to follow.
I am super excited that Kick-Ass is back! This issue knocked it out of the park as far as a first issue can go. Kick-Ass has always been a book that pushed the envelop of what a comic book can do and I am expecting no less from this story. It already started off with a bang and was not a slow start at all to this series. Its always nice to see some new Romita Jr. art so that is also exciting as well. I am a huge Kick-Ass fan so I am definitely happy to be reading an all new Kick-Ass book.
Great start for what sure to be an epic return of Kick-Ass!