Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

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by Mark Millar, John Romita
     
 

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Have you ever really wanted to be a super hero? Dave Lizewski has - and he's not willing to let it stop with simple daydreams. Designing a suit for himself and taking the name "Kick-Ass," Dave decides to make his dreary existence more exciting - and maybe even help some people in the process. But with no special powers and outmatched by New York City's most

Overview

Have you ever really wanted to be a super hero? Dave Lizewski has - and he's not willing to let it stop with simple daydreams. Designing a suit for himself and taking the name "Kick-Ass," Dave decides to make his dreary existence more exciting - and maybe even help some people in the process. But with no special powers and outmatched by New York City's most hardened criminals, Kick-Ass might be in for a little more than he bargained for. With his super-hero secret identity gaining fans due to a popular viral video, and other masked vigilantes beginning to make their presence felt in the city, Dave knows that his extracurricular activity is dangerous, maybe even stupid - but he's got the itch, and it ain't going away.

COLLECTING: Kick-Ass 1-8

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785184010
Publisher:
Marvel
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
721,556
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Millar has been one of the key writers for Marvel Comics in the 21st century. His first major contribution to Marvel was with Ultimate X-Men. Next up was The Ultimates, a new rendering of the Avengers that was to continue building on the success of the Ultimate line. He and artist Bryan Hitch pulled it all off in spades: The Ultimates and its sequel, Ultimates 2, were ensconced at the top of the sales charts every month; what's more, they were critical successes, as well. Amid building a small library of Millarworld indie comic books — including the titles Chosen and Wanted, the latter of which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie — he managed to write Civil War, the epic seven-issue miniseries that definitively reshaped the landscape of Marvel's heroes.

John Romita Jr. is best known for his extensive work with Marvel Comics from the 1970s to present day. He lives in New York City.

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Kick-Ass 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
PRNPN More than 1 year ago
This is a good comic books for young adults. The violence, the blood, and the storyline are all must see. This is Mark Millar's finest work so far. The art work by John Romita Jr. is excellent he is just a good an artist just like his father.
Furryfist More than 1 year ago
I think almost any fan of comics will enjoy this book. The story is pretty strait forward look at what might happen if regular people tried to take up being vigilantes. It's pretty violent, has other dark overtones and is defiantly for adults. I am a fan Millar's gritty look at at the world of comic book heros and Romita Jr's art storytelling is great. Overall a quick read, nicely paced with action. If handled like the comic, I think the movie adaption will be fun. I noticed it has an R rating so that's a good start.
scabies More than 1 year ago
Even though books like Watchmen have played with the idea of superheros being part of the real world and American culture, Kick-Ass is actually a fairly original take on it. The book is very much placed in the 21st century, with modern culture and comic book references throughout. Half the book is a dark, twisted comedy, and the other half is a dark, twisted drama. Ideal for people who would get nerd in-jokes and with offbeat senses of humor.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Reading this made me sad. Not because the story was sad but because many people love it. This book boils down to what a thirteen year old with bad parents would write if given free reign to make whatever he wanted. Its not just violence for the sake of violence or shocking language from children for shock value, its the overall lowest common denominator that is the goal here. Most upsetting is that I've read good things from Mark Millar, not a lot, but some. He can but doesn't choose to. There are a few laughs but they are few and far between. John Romita Jr., who I grew up enjoying, is doing something different but doesn't have anything good to work with here. Just deplorably bad overall.
KickAss01 More than 1 year ago
I actually saw the movie before I got this. I 100% love this! Yes it is violent, but I knew that going in. You really feel bad for Dave with his defeats, but then you cheer when he wins. Yes, they made quite a few changes from comic to film, but I really like both. Can't wait to read Kick-Ass 2! Great writing & artwork here. You will not be let down!
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i loved this book.
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I watched the movie first and was really excited to read the book. I was amazed with how good the writing was. Mark Millar is a talented writer and it is enjoyable.
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Hikaru23 More than 1 year ago
This comic was very good! ^___^ i loved the idea of it and the fact that it's possible... the drawing is great! i loved the detail and color usage! This was Kick-Ass!!!! I loved it!!
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Although the book/graphic novel is a bit different from the movie, it is equally as interesting and captivating. With that said even i you thought the movie was a little cliche and a little unrealistic the book puts it to shame. It's a lot more believable and it keeps you gessing the whole way through. All in all this book is great.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
"Kick-Ass" purports to be an original 21st Century take on the superhero mentality of comic-geekdom when in fact, after an adventurous and promisingly intriguing start, it eventually falls back into the same self-congratulatory referencing and reverence for that geekdom that is eroding away the American comics industry. The book collects the material from the comic book "Kick-Ass" volumes 1 thru 8, and while it involves a character who wonders why real superheroes don't emerge in the real world, the story is eventually pulled away from it's original theme by writer Mark Millar as the book's conception of "the real world" disappointingly is depicted within the narrow confines of how the rabid comic geek sees it, with motivations and plot developments mirroring the arid creative desert of the most sub-par Marvel titles of the '90's. The enhancement of bloodflow and gore is nothing new but become redundant and after a while insulting. John Romita Jr. is one of the most respected draftmen of the comic industry, but a real artist might have found a way to not revel in succumbing to lazy torture porn. A controversial character named Hit Girl, controversial due to her deadly and psychopathic skills mixed with her young age, is hardly original and for those who have the slightest knowledge of the current comics world, is sadly indicative of the standards of the industry. (Imagine any other realm of creativity where a killer child would be considered as a revelatory breakthrough and you see how impovershed the industry has become and how little it's rabid followers are willing to accept.)The book ends with an open invitation for a sequel (and a self-congratulatory, shameless steal from "The Dark Knight"; an apparent example of the depths of research done by today's foremost comic writers?); would that the wise reader answer that suggestion with a closed door.
elvia1 More than 1 year ago
I thought this comic was great and any other crazy comic fan out their would love this! The comic is really really gory its really dark and twisted and funny. But what i really liked was that its realistic just ordinary people dressd up as super heros fighting crime! theirs no x-ray vission no super sonic speed just people. People say that the books are always better than the movies! But not in this case they both KICK-ASS!!!!
tjmahal More than 1 year ago
This a great graphic novel that literally does not pull any punches. What I liked best are the twists and suprises. Revelations about the characters that were robbed from the story in movie form. I know people always say that the book was better than the movie. I can't say that because other than the title THIS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY. And a better one-free from the need for the main character to get the girl or for there to be a nice hollywood ending. This is gritty dark stuff but it has a heart and it has a soul.
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