Review: Kick Ass vs Hit Girl #1 (Image Comics)

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Marcelo Frusin
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: John Workman
On Sale: 11/11/2020

An explosive and blood thirsty opening issue to this exciting new series.

PLOT AND STORY

If you are a fan of the Kick Ass comic series then you will be familiar with this version of Kick Ass, Patience Lee, a female Afghanistan War Vertern who returned home to put an end to crime in her city as Kick-Ass. If you have only ever seen the movies then this is not the Dave Lizewski Kick Ass played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Lesson over, onto the comic. Issue #1 drops us straight into the action with Kick Ass laying down the law big time on a group of criminals. As she so often does, she has a financial reason to wiping out this group and taking their money. This is the part of the story we don’t yet know her full reasons but Writer Steve Niles eases us gently into what I can already tell is going to be an emotional journey.

There was no actual Kick Ass vs Hit Girl in this issue but Hit Girl does join the party the only way she knows how, with swords swinging and profanity spewing from her mouth. As Mindy rides into Albuquerque I’m sure our two titular characters will collide in issue #2.

ARTWORK

Reading this issue makes me feel exactly the same way I did 10 years ago when I first read the original Kick Ass. Marcelo Frusin and Sunny Gho have captured all the style and tone from John Romita Jr’s original creation and given it a fresh, high definition finish and I loved every single panel.

I in particular liked Sunny Gho’s use of light and shadow which gives the characters a genuine three dimensional presence. 

John Workman does an amazing job with the letters in this issue especially with his oversized action words during the fight sequences. A little homage to books like old school Detective Comics but completely suited to this crazy modern book.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I will be the first to admit this series was not on my immediate radar but once the preview arrived in my inbox its cover instantly grabbed my attention. Then page after page hooked me even more and before I knew it I was finished and instantly wanting to read issue #2.. Kick Ass vs Hit Girl is a great addition to the characters catalogue and will appeal to old school fans of the series but will also form a great jumping off point for new readers. Mark Millar should be proud of where his characters have gone.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Millarworld/Image comics and I received no incentive to review this comic.

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