Kick-Ass #1 Review
Written by: Mark Millar
Penciled by: John Romita, Jr.
Digital inks & Colors by: Peter Steigerwald
Lettered by: John Workman
Covers and Title pages: John Romita, Jr., Olivier Coipel with Sunny Gho, Frank Quitely
What you need to know
Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass is known for brutal stories of “regular” folks, mostly kids, putting on costumes and going toe-to-toe with the seedy underbelly of New York City mobsters and drug dealers. Centering around Dave Lizewski (Kick-Ass) and Mindy McGraedy (Hit-Girl), the blood, profanity, and pop-culture references were abundant. Now times have changed and there is a new center of attention. We’ve left NYC for Albuquerque.
This is a different kind of Kick-Ass. I mean, it’s more than just a gender and race kind of thing. There’s a potential for depth in Staff Sergeant Patience Lee’s story that is a little deeper than the original Kick-Ass story. I say potential because I am unaware of how far Millar is planning to go because this is only the first issue. I can appreciate the effort at representation for Black women who have families to support. But I am challenged by some of the elements of the story being pieced together haphazardly, like the location, her family situation, and her choice of work straight out of the military. Are these vital points that will pay off later?
Some might say her turns are very stereotypical, I don’t get that sense. I do feel like I need to know more about her and her family life to make full judgement. I do want to make it clear that I can’t stand the husband already though. It seems kind of all over the place but knowing Millar, it might make sense later? I also expected more funny quips illustrating the range of difference from the original. Patience is definitely not to be fooled with and probably makes more sense to be Kick Ass than her predecessor.
The art of John Romita Jr. is classic and what I expected from him. As a kid, I was a fan of his second run on Uncanny X-Men and Daredevil and it fits perfectly for this gritty yet I know, I’m clearly in a comic book world. The story is bookended in blood but I was expecting a lot more of it.