And now it's time for a little Kick-Ass! It's been a WHILE since the second issue of this series came out(April to be exact), so before I read this issue, I'm gonna take a look back at my review for Kick-Ass 2 #2, which can helpfully be found here! ......... All right, I'm all caught up, let's see what Mark Millar and John Romita Jr have up their sleeves for this issue.
Kick-Ass 2 #3:
Summary: We pick up from last issue(see, reading the review for issue #2 DID come in handy!), with Kick-Ass and his band of “superheroes” rescuing some girls from the house of a mobster. After beating the hell out of the mobster, his goons and his brother, the heroes give the girls a duffel bag full of mob money, and leave feeling fulfilled. From there, Kick-Ass and his Justice Forever teammates spend countless nights walking the streets on patrol, looking to halt any crimes they may come across. Needless to say though, when a band of costumed weirdos come walking through the neighborhood, the criminals choose other areas to do their business. So all is good in the land of Kick-Ass... Well, except for the fact that try as he might, Kick-Ass is unable to convince Hit-Girl to join his team. You see, Hit-Girl made a promise to her adopted father that she wouldn't do the whole, “costumed hero” thing anymore, and intends on sticking to that promise. Shot down by Hit-Girl yet again, Kick-Ass returns from school one day and discovers his father standing in his room holding the Kick-Ass costume... Kick-Ass is infuriated by this invasion of privacy, but his father figured his son was on drugs, and came across the costume while searching the room. In the end, Kick-Ass snatches the costume from his father and storms out of the house. From there, we head to the meeting place for Kick-Ass's team, Justice Forever. Colonel Stripe is setting up the meeting table when the Red Mist and his group of lackeys enter the room. Red Mist's goons have already killed Stripe's sidekick(his dog), and proceed to shoot him in the stomach at point-blank range. From there, Red Mist gets his inner super-villain on, taunting Stripe while he was kneeling on the floor bleeding out. Mist has his goons destroy Justice Forever's base, before decapitating both Stripe and his dog and putting the dog's head on Stripe's body. From there, Red Mist tags the wall with his new codename(The Mother Fucker), before leaving. This issue ends with the police discovering the grizzly scene, while Hit-Girl angrily watched the news reports begin to roll in from her home.
Thoughts: What do you want? It's Kick-Ass! You either love it for it's excessive violence, graphic language and awesome story, or you don't. I fall on the “love it” side of that equation. This issue had everything you'd expect out of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Great art, funny dialogue, a great story, um, great everything. This issue heralded the return of the Red Mist... Excuse me, I mean the Mother Fucker, who should have a huge hand in the final few issues of this series. Other then that, Kick-Ass's dad learned that his son was masquerading as a super-hero(which lead to the laugh out loud moment that had his father stating, “Oh my god... You've lost your mind.”), Col. Stripe, who I could have SWORN was going to be revealed as a bad guy, was brutally murdered, and the slow burn to Hit-Girl's return to action continued. No complaints from me, only compliments. Here's hoping the next issue of this series comes out before the end of the year!
Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.Yes, that is indeed some fucked up shit!