Kick-Ass 3 (Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.)

Kick-Ass 3 is the final sequel to Kick-AssHit-Girl and Kick-Ass 2. It was written and drawn by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. [Here are my reviews of all things Kick-Ass.]
Finished on: 25.02.2015

Plot [with SPOILERS for Kick-Ass 2]:
After the events of Kick-Ass 2, things aren’t very good. Mindy is still in jail. Justice Forever is severely reduced. Dave still wants to fight the good fight, but he can’t bring the rest of Justice Forever to break Mindy out of prison, and without Hit-Girl they are all a little aimless. It also doesn’t help that Dave meets a woman, Valerie, who he really likes. But when the Motherfucker’s uncle Don Rocco comes to town to take over the legacy of his brother and to clean the mess up, starting with the masked heroes, they are facing a challenge on a whole new scale.

Kick-Ass 3 is not only on the same level as the other books (warts and all), it provides a very satisfying end to the story that makes it okay that there isn’t any more to this series.

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Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Kick-Ass 2
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jeff Wadlow
Based on: Mark Millar’s and John Romita Jr.’s comic
Sequel to: Kick-Ass
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca, Morris ChestnutClaudia Lee, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Jim Carrey, Iain Glen

Plot:
After the events in the last film, Hit-Girl aka Mindy (Chloe Moretz) now lives with her father’s best friend Marcus (Morris Chestnut) and pretends to be a normal high school girl. But instead, she’s fighting crime and training Dave aka Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But Dave is dreaming of a superhero-team-up. And when Chris, formerly know as Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), decides to become the world’s first supervillain The Motherfucker, a team-up seems to become absolutely necessary.

I was really looking forward to this film. But I spent most of it in horror at the way they twisted the characters and the story and left the movie quite disappointed. It’s not that bad per se, but it rubbed me the wrong way in so many things.

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Re-Watch: Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Based on: the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca
[Here is my first review.]

Plot:
Dave (Aaron Johnson) is a normal teenager who likes to read comic books and gets beat up a lot. But then one day he decides that, actually, nothing is keeping him from donning a superhero suit and changing the world for the better. This seems to work fine for about 30 seconds and then Dave is in over his head.

Damn, I had forgotten just how fricking awesome this film is. I still have a couple of issues but I left the film absolutely hyped. It’s fantastic.

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Kick-Ass 2 (Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.)

Kick-Ass 2 is the sequel to Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. It was written and drawn by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. [Here are my reviews of all things Kick-Ass.]

Plot:
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.

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[SPOILERS and Trigger Warning: Rape]

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Hit-Girl (Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.)

Hit-Girl is an interlude in the Kick-Ass series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. It’s set between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2.

Plot:
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.

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Re-Read: Kick-Ass (Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.)

Kick-Ass is the first book in a comic series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. [Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
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.

These re-reads always make me question my memory. I could barely remember the graphic novel. (The little I did remember was basically the movie.) But that just meant that I could look at it with a fresh eye. And I think I liked it better for it.

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Kick-Ass (Mark Millar, John Romita Jr.)

Kick-Ass is the first book in a comic series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. [I’ve reviewed the movie adaptation here.]

Plot:
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.

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Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass is the newest movie by Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong and Nicolas Cage.

Plot:
Dave (Aaron Johnson) is a normal teenager who likes to read comic books and gets beat up a lot. But then one day he decides that, actually, nothing is keeping him from donning a superhero suit and changing the world for the better. This seems to work fine for about 30 seconds and then Dave is in over his head.

Kick-Ass is a fantastic, amazingly disturbing and definitely defining movie. Though I don’t like the morale of it, I can recognise an instant classic when I see it. And Kick-Ass is it.

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