Title Kick-Ass Vs. Hit-Girl #1 (of 5)
Words Steve Niles
Art Marcelo Frusin
Colors Sunny Gho
Published November 11, 2020
Publisher’s Summary “It’s KICK-ASS versus HIT-GIRL. Old allies become enemies when Mindy screeches into Albuquerque to kill the imposter who’s been running gangs in New Mexico. And as Hit-Girl sets out to avenge Dave and stop Kick-Ass’ criminal operations for good, Patience fights to survive as the target of the best assassin in the biz—and questions whether she could ever kill a child to save her own life.”
Patience has decided that she wants out, that her alter ego Kick-Ass has gone too far, and that the unending accumulation of corpses on her behalf must cease. Her associates think she should be gone too, but they have different, though equally drastic means in mind.
This faceoff between Mark Millar’s most popular sociopaths could go wrong in a lot of ways, but in the opening chapter of this five-issue arc, Steve Niles slips into the maximum energy vibe of both these franchises with ease. He successfully emphasizes the light of regret in the eyes of Patience which manages to add a needed amount of humanity to what could otherwise just be a gore fest. That may change soon since Mindy hasn’t quite arrived on the scene, but her trail of mayhem leads right to Albuquerque.
The artwork is stunning and brutal, though a little softer in the heartfelt scenes, but that is all for the better, matching the dual life of Kick-Ass, especially. The team of Marcelo Frusin and Sunny Gho have done a fantastic job bringing her to life.
The Bottom Line
It’s not a Kick-Ass or Hit-Girl comic without a head lopping or two, and this meet up delivers while barely warmed up. Come for the carnage, stay for more carnage.