Night Stalkers Don’t Quit (Kick-Ass #1 Comic Review)

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

kick ass 1

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. 

Patience in Afghanistan

Patience is kind of hardcore

My Take

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?

back at it with a new kick-ass

Is this plan good? I am not so sure.

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.

jerk husband of paitence

I do not like this guy…

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.

 

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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.
Summary
Patience Lee is fresh off a tour in Afghanistan and returns home to Albuquerque, New Mexico to find some unexpected changes to her life with her husband and two young children. Eventually this leads to her donning the Kick Ass costume but why you may ask? I read the whole thing and I still kind of don’t know why. The art doesn’t disappoint but story will hopefully fill in some holes as we move on. If you’re looking for exactly what the Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl of old did, you’ll be disappointed.
Good
  • Patience is a kind of a bad ass
  • Art is good and classic
Bad
  • There are some "whys" I can't get my head around
  • I hate the husband...a lot
  • Expected more blood and funny quips
7
Good
Art - 8
Writing - 8
Plot - 6
Character Development - 6
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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