Girl’s Night: A Review of Kick-Ass #1
Published by Image Comics
Written by Mark Millar / Pencils by John Romita Jr.
Digital Inks and Colors by Peter Steigerwald
Lettering by John Workman
Cover by J. Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel with Sunny Gho
Review of Kick-Ass issue #1
A Girl’s Gotta Do
News to book stands is a new storyline from a very familiar movie. In the comic book series Kick-Ass, after finishing an 8-year tour in the Middle East, Patience comes home. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the reception she expected. Hearing of the news of her husband ran off to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer, leaves her and their daughter with loans and empty promises. Now working at dead-end jobs just to make a living, Patience uses her military skills that will forever change her life and those around her. So what would any former Night Stalker soldier to in this situation, “They Don’t Give Up!” My review of Kick-Ass issue #1.
Soldiers responsible for millions of dollars of military equipment find civilian life more difficult to manage. For Patience, she looked forward returning back to her civilian life but things change. The origin story of Patience becoming Kick-Ass jumped like water to hot oil. And how did she even get her hands on the costume? The story does offer some insight into her life as she struggles with finances and her baby daughter. She becomes a pickle-colored outfit wearing vigilante out to make a score and not justice is weird. Could she still be in Afghanistan doing security patrol or unconscious from the fighting? Who knows? I didn’t care for the storyline but I did enjoy the artwork and color schemes.
Artwork / Coloring / Lettering
As mentioned earlier, I did enjoy the artwork. I was very crisp and the colors really pop at you. During the panels, you can actually see the change Patience goes through when she discovers the disappointment in her eyes. At the beginning of the story, her eyes are like a doe staring down headlights of a fast approaching car. Then later, her eyes become more focus with determination and purpose. Love the digital artwork that really helps get this series with a low score.
This is a new take on the Kick-Ass story. I just found it a little disappointing. Though the comic can’t be the same as the movie, which I loved watching, it was missing a key piece. It didn’t have the part where Patience makes the hero her own. Where was the moment she convinced herself this is who she’ll become? The next installment of KIck-Ass issue #2 comes on March 21st.
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