Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: John Romita Jr.
From: Icon Comics
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. kick it up another notch in the third installment of the creator-owned series, and this one is a doozy. Not being one to rest on his laurels and retread what has happened in the past, Millar throws out his own playbook and sets the series on an unexpected track as our newest super-hero meets his first vigilante. Aptly rendered by the talented John Romita Jr., issue three of Kick-Ass leaves readers with a cliffhanger ending that succinctly captures the essence of the title.
The fallout from Dave Lizewski’s encounter with the Puerto Ricans that was captured on cell phone has made the world’s “first” super-hero a household name. More importantly, it empowers Dave in his personal life, with the result being his first girlfriend, sort of. Meanwhile, everybody around him is talking about Kick-Ass, and Dave takes on his first MySpace assignment. Much like his previous two encounters, Dave enters the situation without really thinking about what could go wrong and much like life, everything does. While getting his ass handed to him once again, Kick-Ass meets a potential savior – something he could live to regret.
Millar does a masterful job of pushing his story forward without dwelling to much on what has come before, but still stays faithful to his original tone. As Millar begins to build the world around Dave, some interesting developments come to the surface. Whereas Dave considers his alter-ego, now aptly named Kick-Ass, to be a superhero fighting for a greater good, Millar introduces us to a character that is sure to have Dave question exactly what kind of can of worms he has opened.
John Romita Jr’s art continues to tell a shockingly violent story in a clear and straightforward manner. His actions scenes are well-constructed with some nice choreography taking place, especially when one considers that these scenes are happening in a rather small area. While his rendition of Dave’s newest ally is done well, it’s the juxtaposition of this new “ally”, her actions, and most of all, her apparent innocence that leaves the reader wanting more answers.
As we pass the half-way point with this issue, Millar pulls the rug out from the reader by introducing a new character who is the antitheses of what Kick-Ass is about. Expertly assisted by the talents of John Romita Jr., Millar’s Kick-Ass maintains a brisk pace that effectively engages the reader.