Mindy, formerly known as Hit-Girl, now lives with her mother and her step-father. She promised him that Hit-Girl was a thing of the past and that she’d do everything to be a normal high school student. But that’s not exactly true. While she does struggle with being as normal as possible, she also trains Dave aka Kick-Ass and does everything to break up the Genovese-led Mafia. At the same time Chris Genovese gives up being Red Mist to become the world’s first super-villain.
I enjoyed Hit-Girl. I’m still not a big fan of Romita Jr.’s art, but I like the characters and the story is fun. I did have a couple of issues, but overall I really enjoyed it.
Let me start with my issues. First, there was the art. Romita Jr. is mostly really good with gangster faces. They are at the same time intimidating and kinda hot. But when it takes me to read a name to recognize that the character we’re seeing is one we’ve seen before, something went wrong (*cough*Vic*cough*). But that’s not even what bothered me most. What bothered me most was that Mindy and the girls from her class looked way too old. They’re supposed to be 12 years old, but they look like they’re 16. And Mindy herself looks like a bobblehead. She’s generally really small and then she has this huge, pretty adult face and I just…
If every character had such a huge head, ok, but it’s just her. Her mom, Marcus, Dave, Chris – all are perfectly well-proportioned (though Dave is still tiny, especially compared to his father) and then Mindy just sticks out. This might be a visual commentary on her being special, but it doesn’t work for me.
The other thing that bothered me were the women in this, or the lack thereof. We’ve got Mindy, her archnemesis Debbie (plus henchgirls) and Mindy’s mom. The mom is an emotional wreck who can’t handle anything and her – actually pretty sensible – response to death threats and her daughter being brought up by a psychopath is painted as one huge weakness. Debbie is just a little girl, but she’s as evil as they come. And Mindy is everything a girl is usually not. It wouldn’t have hurt to have one positive character who is actually allowed any female traits. Or one of the costumed heroes be a woman.
I also found it a bit of a stretch that costume heroes would keep popping up everywhere after some of them are beaten to a bloody pulp in search of Kick-Ass. But ok, I can suspend my disbelief that far.
I did like the dynamic between Dave and Mindy. She’s in absolute control because she is the more competent one regarding the superheroing and Dave accepts that. The one time he starts to question it, she shoots him down with a quick “Bitch, please” and it’s never attempted again. And yet she has no problem with asking him for help regarding the popculture things.
And the plot was generally entertaining and I did enjoy the book a lot, despite my bickering. Can’t wait to read Kick-Ass 2. And to watch the movies (again in case of #1).
Summarizing: I just like this series.