Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Kick-Ass 3 #1

Kick-Ass 3 #1
written by Mark Millar
art by John Romita Jr.

It's nice to see how the gang really sticks together and looks after each other... alas, no.

Hit-Girl is in jail. She's so smart because she has an escape plan formed in the event that she ever does find herself in jail. Kick-Ass and his gang of superheroes just need to follow Mindy's instructions. Too bad they are all a bunch of cowards. They leave her completely hung out to dry.

The mantra of the narcissistic and lethargic youth seems to be: we'll help her after we train some more. But they hardly do any training. Dave graduates high school and gets a job at a fast food joint. It seems he hardly has any thought for Mindy, which is a crying shame considering all the tough spots she's ever helped him out of and all that she's ever done. Dave is a complete goober. If only he had some kind of impetus... like dead parents that he can avenge... like Batman... which he has... minus the brains and the money.

Towards the end of the issue, it seems like he just may come around to being the pro-active hero but at that point, he runs into a gang of thugs and we're all left wondering how he will get out of that situation.

Up to this point in the Kick-Ass story, I'm most invested in Mindy's character. Mindy has all the training and knowledge (that Dave would be wise to learn from) and has already had some terrible things happen to her in her small life, so I root for her and hope that she'll wind up all right in the end. I'm not a huge fan of John Romita Jr.'s art style but I think the storytelling in it is great. I chose this as my Pick of the Week because I feel that it's the most engaging of the books that I read for this week. This book can be dark but it can be funny, too.

I'm curious as to what the cover will spell out. What do you guys think? Evil prevails... something something...?

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