I find it hard to allow myself to like Mark Millar, even though he’s Scottish (likes what I am). I’m not always convinced he has us comic readers best interests in mind, just how much money he can make and if he can get a film deal out of it.
I might be wrong.
I’m also not entirely sure what his beef is with Grant Morrison, but considering he has a series with Dave Gibbons started and one with Frank Quitely lined up, he must be doing something right.
Anyway, Kick-Ass 2: to get into the mood, I reread the original series and I have to grudgingly admit, it’s quite entertaining. More so than the film. Although it was nice to see Hit-Girl in the flesh (from a violence point of view, nothing dodgy).
First thing about Kick-Ass 2 is that John Romita JR isn’t actually pencilling, just doing layouts, and it shows. The art simply isn’t as as good as the first series, I’m also not sure about the colouring, but that’s less of an issue.
Story-wise, it simply does what Mr Millar promised: takes it to the next level (sort of). Sure there’s still plenty of swearing and the old utra-violence; but at least they spare you the details of the rape scene. It’s a shame about the dog though.
How gratuitous is it all?
Quite; although to be honest, if you’re not expecting that, then you shouldn’t be reading it.
All in all then, not as good as the first series, but still quite enjoyable.
I’ve already added the upcoming Hit-Girl series to my pull-list.