While Hit-Girl is living in forced retirement and spends her time as Mindy (apart from her training sessions with Kick-Ass), Kick-Ass aka Dave is dreaming of a superhero team-up. Which he is finally able to get with the Justice Forever group. At the same time, Chris Genovese is done with his preparation of becoming a supervillain and really starts with being The Motherfucker. He, too, assembles a team of villains to surround him and does his best to terrorize New York and finally get his revenge on Kick-Ass.
Kick-Ass 2 is way darker than Kick-Ass and it is a darkness that the series really, really needed. Sometimes it is just fucked up, though. But most of the times it finally gives me the consequences that I missed in the first book.
[SPOILERS and Trigger Warning: Rape]
To get this of my chest first: The Motherfucker and his gang set out to make Kick-Ass pay for Chris’ dad’s death. And one of the ways they do that is that they rape Katie, who Kick-Ass had a crush on but who never actually was his girlfriend. So, we get the fridging (without the death, it’s “just rape”) of a woman who is only thought to be the hero’s girlfriend, which is a special brand of assholery. And the way the entire thing is shown in the comment, with an offhanded remark by one of the bad guys that maybe even for them that was a bit much, was fucking disgusting. It was not necessary to include this rape in the story. We get that these people are evil. We get that they have it in for Kick-Ass. They really shouldn’t have included this bit.
And I’m saying that, well aware that I always said that I thought that the consequences for Kick-Ass’ and Hit-Girl’s actions were not harsh enough, that they got off too easy. But that scene was just fucked up and it brought nothing of the emotional impact that the death of Dave’s dad brought. Which hit me pretty hard, especially because I didn’t think it would happen. And it provided the right context for Kick-Ass’ actions later.
Another thing I didn’t think would happen was that the Colonel would die so quickly. And that they would reference the Red Wedding with his death, which was also screwed up, but in a fun way.
The art is still just okay, nothing more, nothing less. It just doesn’t blow me away.
Generally, Kick-Ass 2 is way darker than what came before. And I thought that this darkness was absolutely necessary to keep on telling the story. The ending is harsh (poor Marcus, most of all), but it’s a harshness that’s warranted. (Not everything is.) I hope they continue in that darkness. Sans unnecessary rape scenes.
Summarizing: Be prepared for worse, but read it, if you’re a fan of the series.