Title: Kick-Ass #1
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: John Romita Jr.
Publication Date: February 14th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: KICK-ASS IS BACK—ready to wipe out the city’s criminal lowlifes, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS? Find out in the first issue of this new, ongoing monthly series. Comic book legends MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA, JR. reunite for the next chapter of the greatest superhero comic of all time.
Kick-Ass is back ladies and gentleman and, dare I say, better than ever. Patience, our protagonist, is a former veteran and forever ‘Night Stalker.’ When she returns from her tour she learns that life has since changed while she’s been away and that the ‘home’ that she was fighting to get back to no longer exists. Patience is now a single mother; to make ends meet, Patience adorns the Kick-Ass costume and sets out on a Robin Hood-inspired crusade of sorts.
Millar’s script feels authentic and despite having to introduce us to our new protagonist and having to set the mood for the series, Millar wastes no time and manages to pack in just enough blood-shed and ass-kicking (as one would hope) to make this debut issue a real page-turner. Artist John Romita Jr’s signature style works well to complement Mark Millar’s rough-and-tumble script; Romita’s illustrations hit hard and don’t let up throughout the issue.
The Bottom Line:
Kick-ass is back and, dare I say, better than ever folks. Kick-Ass #1 is one of the better first-issues that I’ve read in some time; the books moves fast and thanks to an authentic script and great artwork is a powerful debut issue that shouldn’t be missed.