Wow, the past few issues of this series have been FLYING out! There was a time when you'd have to wait like 3-4 months between issues, now we're practically monthly! As we get closer and closer to the final issue, I'm getting more and more excited to see where Mark Millar and John Romita Jr take us.
Kick-Ass 2 #5:
Summary: Kick-Ass visits his father at Ryker's Island to apologize for all of the trouble he caused by doing the whole Kick-Ass thing. Kick-Ass's father tries not to worry his son, telling him that he'd be out of prison soon enough since Kick-Ass hadn't actually committed any crimes, and warns Kick-Ass to stay at a friend's house and keep a low profile. The Mother-Fucker is naturally pissed that Kick-Ass's dad was in the clink and that Kick-Ass himself had gone into hiding. Mother Russia points out that while Kick-Ass may currently be untouchable, his father was a different story... Cue ominous music... Anyway, the Mother-Fucker pays a few cons and they murder Kick-Ass's father and snap a picture of it, sending it first to Kick-Ass and then to the world at large. Needless to say, that pretty much breaks Kick-Ass for good, as he decides that he's done with the whole costumed hero nonsense. The Mother-Fucker, to his credit, promises not to commit any crimes nor interrupt Kick-Ass's father's funeral since he declared a three day truce to celebrate his victory. At the funeral, Hit-Girl pays her respects to Kick-Ass, as do his fellow costumed heroes. While the proceedings are underway, several bombs go off in the cemetery, and a mess of armed goons shoot at the cops, grab Kick-Ass, drag him to a nearby van and toss him inside... The fact that the Mother-Fucker promised not to interrupt the funeral and then did is four different shades of awesome just so you all know... Anyway, the goons taunt Kick-Ass a bit and prepare to dress him in his costume, since that's how the Mother-Fucker wanted him delivered. Before the goons can follow through with their plans, Hit-Girl, who was on the roof of the van, fires a gun into the van and kills all of the bad guys, declaring that the game was now on, which ends this one.
Thoughts: I hate to be repetitive, but when it comes to this series, I can't help it... This series is very polarizing... There are people who are going to absolutely hate it because of it's over-the-top violence and language. Then, there are people like me, who can overlook all of that and see the awesome story underneath it all. And that's really the bottom line here... The story here IS great. Add JRJR's artwork(I've always been a bit markish when it comes to JRJR's art) and you have a comic book that I absolutely love. This issue was no different. Kick-Ass's father getting offed in prison, while no huge surprise, was still well done and had quite an impact. The funeral scene was awesome, mainly because the Mother-Fucker had promised that he wouldn't interrupt it, and then did! That is SO a super-villain thing to do! Add Hit-Girl finally getting back in action, and this issue sets the stage for a final few issues that should be spectacular. Oh, and before I end this, Mark Millar's editorial in the back about Bryan Hitch was pretty cool, and his volcano headquarters line made me laugh out loud. You should definitely give it a read.
Score: 9 out of 10.The "We're kidnapping your ass. What does it look like?" line made me laugh because it was SO obvious!