Chico Comics Page Review: Kick-Ass #1 (2018)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Illustrator: John Romita Jr.
Colorist: Peter Steigerwald
Letters: John Workman
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
When I saw that the Kick-Ass comic series was receiving a reboot, I was interested and excited because I never had a chance to read the original and I figured that this would be a great jumping on point for new readers like myself. I have seen the movies and I enjoyed them from what I can remember. When looking at the cover, you can assume that someone has taken on the mantle of Kick-Ass and like me, you may ask, what happened to Dave Lizewski, the original Kick-Ass? I thought that they would somehow connect these stories, but that was not the case. The main character, Patience, becomes Kick-Ass, but not for the reasons you might think. She doesn’t want to be a superhero like Dave just to help out her neighborhood because she can. Instead, she has no choice in the matter because her family is struggling to have ends meet now that Patience’s useless husband left her with all the kids and no way to take care of them. Using this suit is a way of surviving for her and her family. She is willing to take down the criminals and steal money from them if it puts food on the table for her kids. This is a mother fighting to take care of her children. Some people may not like this book, but I think that it is something different worth reading from what I know about Kick-Ass. After all, why would we want the same regurgitated story of a nerdy kid who doesn’t fit in trying to be a superhero? The original Kick-Ass gave us Dave Lizewski and that’s great, but Millar brings something new to the table here. He instills emotion in his readers to care for Patience and her struggle of being a mother. At least, in my opinion, to come home from serving in Afghanistan after eight years only to find out that your husband abandoned his kids is heartbreaking. To find out that he left for another woman and a music career just makes it even worse. The part that I like is that in order to protect her kids and family and not have any of this come back to her, she uses the Kick-Ass costume and the name to shield her true identity from the criminals she wants to take out. She is backed against the wall without a lot of options and is not afraid to embrace another side of her that is willing to do anything necessary to take care of her family.
The art by John Romita Jr. really fits this story for me. I appreciated his work on All-Star Batman so I was happy to see more of it in this book. His art has a sort of rugged, sketch-like style with a touch of cartoon and animation to it. I really like the use of action words, like “blam” or “crash,” embedded inside of the art. It just makes it a more fun experience for me as a reader. The colors by Peter Steigerwald complemented Romita Jr.’s art by incorporating a balance of light and dark colors. Some pages seemed more vibrant than others, such as when Patience revealed that she had a Kick-Ass costume. The lettering by John Workman was easy to follow and kept me immersed from page 1 to the end. Workman provided emphasis on certain words, which constantly keep me thinking and asking myself questions about the character and where this story was heading. The one thing I was hoping this comic would include was a letter column for fans. I love seeing how other fans feel about these books because it gives me different perspectives as a reader that I may not have thought of. I feel as though because this comic is doing something new with an old character that it would benefit from a letter column. I for one would love to write in.
Overall, Kick-Ass #1 (2018) was different than what I expected, but still really enjoyable and I respect it for what it is. Millar allowed me to care about the main character and root for her even though she was becoming sort of a vigilante. I understood the character’s motives and I am interested to see where this book will go with future issues. Romita Jr’s art is easy on the eyes and familiar to me due to reading All-Star Batman. I think he handles the book well. I enjoyed his art with Steigerwald’s colors because the art had a good balance of vibrant and dark colors. If you are looking for a new superhero series to jump onto that is not connected to DC or Marvel, this just might be the book for you. If you enjoyed the movies but didn’t get to read the original series, check this book out and give it a shot. You never know, you might like it. Personally, I am a fan of Mark Millar’s storytelling abilities since he has written some of my favorite books including Ultimate X-Men, Civil War, Superman: Red Son, Reborn and many others. I am looking forward to reading the next issue and even thinking about going back to read the original series.
Welcome to the world of Kick-Ass! Meet Patience, a soldier serving in Afghanistan as a part of an anti-terrorist group called the Night Stalkers. After eight years of service, all she wants is to come home to her kids. However, Patience comes home and finds out that her husband has abandoned her family for a music career and some other woman while her parents are left to take care of her kids. She was relying on him to help put food on the table while she went back to school for a degree. She realizes that cannot afford to take care of her kids and is willing to do anything she can to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, the only money available in her town is dirty. BAM! One night she takes out a costume similar to the Kick-Ass suit. Her plan is to take care of the filth ruining her neighborhood while robbing them of their money to support her children. Does she have the tools she needs to cure the criminal disease that plagues her town or is Patience in way over her head?
What’s your name? Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass #1 (2018) presents a likeable character in Patience, a strong mother of four, but also a badass member of an anti-terrorist military group called the Night Stalkers. The art is a good kind of rugged and sketchy that perfectly fits the comic book medium. This creative team has sure brought this character back with a BANG (literally). This is not the story I was expecting when picking it up, but I am sure glad I did. I am excited to see where it goes. The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a chinstrap on the beard scale, which is an 8/10.
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