Dave Lizewski is a huge comic book fan. And one day, he decides to become a superhero himself. Unfortunately, he’s also only a 16-year-old teenager, so things don’t really work out the way he had planned – he gets beaten more than he should probably survive. And then he gets involved with Big Daddy and Hit Girl, two vigilantes par excellence. Which only makes matters worse.
Kick-Ass is an interesting piece of work. I like Mark Millars writing, though I’m not so much a fan of John Romita Jr.’s art. But it’s a pretty good graphic novel. And it was interesting to read the comic after having seen the film.
What bothered me most about the movie – the morale of the story – actually isn’t so bad in the comic. Even though the ending stays pretty much the same, the story leading up to it isn’t – and Kick-Ass has a different role, which changes the morale a little bit. [SPOILER] To get to the point: Where in the movie, Dave stands for civil courage and sanity, in the comic he’s not such an idol, so the contrast isn’t that hard when he finally goes for Hit Girl’s way of life. [/SPOILER]
Generally speaking, the movie was very faithful to the comic. Though there are some pretty big changes, some of which I liked (getting Red Mist’s perspective from the get-go) some of which I didn’t like that much (Dave getting the girl after his idiocy; Big Daddy being only half the asshole he is in the comic).
What I really loved about the comic were the continuous casual references to comics – and that Dave seems to be reading mostly female superhero comics (and Joss Whedon. YAY!). Though I’m probably far from being enough of a comic nerd to actually get all of the references.
Unfortunately the comic was even more gruesome than the film (or am I getting more squeazy with every passing month?). But on the other hand, it also made more sense, plot-wise.
Anyway, it’s well worth a read – if you can stomach it.