If Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Death Proof) wrote a comic book, that comic book would be exactly like Kick-Ass. For those of you who somehow missed out on the comic book powerhouse that is Kick-Ass, today at finer comic book stores (and one that rhymes with Alternate Reality Comics - grin), the hardcover edition of the complete eight issue Kick-Ass creator-owned comic by Mark Millar and John Romita JR. is available for $24.99 (the same price as all of the eight individual comics). This is a very hard comic series of which to find all of the individual issues (several of which went to multiple printings) so having this collection available is going to make a lot of people happy.
Kick-Ass takes place in the "real" (our) world, not the Marvel Universe in which every other person has super powers. Kick-Ass does have characters that dress up in costumes though (mostly inspired by comics said characters have read) and attempt to fight crime. But Kick-Ass is written by Mark Millar (Wanted, Superman Red Son, The Ultimates, American Jesus) who is amongst the very finest of comic book writers who are able to "think outside of the box" and turn conventions of superhero comics inside out (he first did this with The Authority years ago). Yes Kick-Ass is a kind of superhero comic, but it's a VERY R-rated superhero comic, with very adult humor, a liberal use of colorful "language", and a very high dose of ultra violence (I can't stress enough that this is not a comic for anyone under 17 years of age). All of this is drawn by co-creator (and co-owner) John Romita JR., who is at the top of his game on Kick-Ass with his trademark wall to wall comic book illustrative dynamism on full display.
For the three of you reading this blog entry that haven't yet seen a trailer for the upcoming Kick-Ass movie (April 16th) or knew that one has been made, well in the next two months, you're going to not be able to avoid hearing about Kick-Ass, the comic and the movie. Seriously, having seen three trailers for the Kick-Ass movie, if this movie is anywhere as entertaining as the trailers suggest, well this is going to be a pretty great movie. It looks like the movie will follow the comic fairly closely, but even though I know that the movie is going to be rated R, I'm fairly sure that they'll still have to tone down the "language", violence, and humor because if the movie played out exactly like the comic, it would be make Deadwood, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill look tame. I'm not just putting on my hype monster hat here and it's going to be interesting to see how comic stores (and other bookstores) and movie theaters keep kids from reading or watching Kick-Ass because there are many of them that are going to want to when they find out about Kick-Ass.
People who are old enough for mature content, who like non-stop comic book action that is also very funny (albeit very dark humor) mixed with ultra violence and great characters will be thoroughly entertained by Kick-Ass. Mark Millar and John Romita JR. are going to make a LOT of money now that Kick-Ass has been collected.
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