It's time to check out the next to last issue of the Kick-Ass 2 mini-series. I've enjoyed this mini for the most part, and with the climatic final battle on the horizon, things SHOULD get even better.
Kick-Ass 2 #6(of 7):
What Happened: After saving Kick-Ass from the Mother-Fucker's goons, Hit-Girl manages to convince Kick-Ass that he had to fight back against the Mother-Fucker. The two arrive at the Mother-Fucker's base and ambush some of the Mother-Fucker's lackeys. After some torture, Hit-Girl discovers that the Mother-Fucker was amassing his super-villain army in Times Square for a major assault. Hit-Girl calls her adoptive father(who is a cop) and warns him, so her dad has the NYPD beef up security in Times Square. As for Kick-Ass, he's putting the call out for all of the so-called super-heroes to head to Times Square in case there was any trouble. Mother-Fucker is pissed by the increased police presence in Times Square, but Mother Russia manages to draw the cops out of Times Square by setting on several explosions in other parts of the city. With most of the cops leaving Times Square to deal with the explosions, the Mother-Fucker and his crew know they have a good 10 minutes or so of total carnage before the cops realized they were misdirected. However, before their “fun” can get started in earnest, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl confront Mother-Fucker and his posse. Mother-Fucker smugly tells the duo that they were outnumbered, but is taken aback when he realizes that several super-heroes had heeded Kick-Ass's call and had come to Times Square to back Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl up.
The Good: This comic was as over-the-top gory/profane/insane as you'd expect. The Mother-Fucker is a wonderfully evil character. I mean he's the total antithesis of Kick-Ass, thus making him the perfect foil for Kick-Ass. The next issue should be fantastic as it should close out the story that started in the first Kick-Ass mini-series.
The Bad: For whatever reason I just didn't enjoy this issue as much as I did the prior few... It seemed very rushed. There really wasn't any suspense, since we knew what the entire mini-series was leading up to(it was shown in the first issue!)... We knew Kick-Ass would pull himself together, we knew Hit-Girl would go back to her costumed alter-ego again, and we knew that the super-heroes would face down the super-villains in Times Square. I usually love JRJR's work, but much like the story, the art seemed oddly rushed as well...
The Verdict: Eh, this issue was nothing but a set-up issue for the final part of this story. It was okay, and accomplished everything it needed to do(set the stage for the final battle, get the various characters where they needed to go, etc), but that was all it did. If you skipped this issue and went from issue #5 to issue #7, you really didn't miss much. Needless to say, this was my least favorite issue of this thus far highly enjoyable mini-series, but I'm expecting Mark Millar and John Romita Jr to pull out ALL the crazy stops for the next issue.
Score: 7 out of 10.It's showdown time!