By Hervé St-Louis
Mar 22, 2012 - 19:51
Writer(s): Mark Millar
Penciller(s): John Romita Jr.
Inker(s): Tom Palmer
Colourist(s): Dan Brown
Letterer(s): Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist(s): John Romita Jr., Tom Palmer
What was once a parody of the comic book super hero genre has now become its own parody with twists that can be spotted a miles away and action that can only exist within the confines of the Kick-Ass universe. Even in similar distasteful and over the top comic books, the likes of Lobo or Deadpool, this kind of stories doesn’t really happen. If Kick-Ass volume one was a parody of the comic book super hero genre, Kick-Ass volume two is a parody of the a comic book industry genre – the useless sequel. There’s nothing to this comic book. The characters play their parts and by now, they really don’t have any emotions. They are just going through the ropes, hoping to give Mark Millar enough material so that those guys from Hollywood have enough to create a sequel for the first Kick-Ass movie. I pick up Kick-Ass because it was supposed to say something about comics. Well it does, but what it says about comics, about many super hero comics should be shut down and have overstayed their welcome, well, that kind of perspective, I can figure out on my own and I don’t really need to see the last issue of Kick-Ass2 to even know what happens.
Romita should just retire before he becomes a farce like other great comic book artists of the past. It used to mean something to have john Romita Jr. draw a comic book. Now, it just means that the publisher has paid a lot of money and is trying to recoup its investment by over-hyping a piece of crap that looks rushed, that the artist has not really slaved over or bothered to add any special touches to. It looks like Romita Jr. I has the same energy and pacing, but it’s like he paid some imitator to copy his style, picking up only the worse traits of his work so he could deliver this comic book in time.
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