By Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.
The saga of Kick-Ass continues. Justice Forever manages to escape from Rocco Genovese. Once back at headquarters, an on-going conflict with a fellow member finally reaches a breaking point. Meanwhile, Rocco shows how tyrannical he can be and unveils his plans to unite all the gangs under him. This causes some concern among people on his payroll, which adds an unforeseen dynamic into the story.
Mark Millar knows how to keep the story evolving and fresh. This issue paints a clearer picture of a theme in Kick-Ass 3 that the conflict of good versus bad is not necessarily categorized by two groups in a story (i.e. Justice Forever and the Genovese family). Millar presents a more realistic design, following what he has done through each of the Kick-Ass series. Within the two groups, there is conflict and dissension in the ranks. The one most expected was between Kick-Ass and the Juicer, and another is revealed at the end of the issue. By doing this Mark differentiates the book from Kick-Ass 2 and makes this run stand on its own two feet. He continues to surprises and captivate the reader.
John Romita Jr. has consistently hit the ball out of the park with his work on Kick-Ass. What really catches the eye is the fact that he only did one full-page shot, which was the last page of the issue. He and Mark wanted this moment to have impact and convey how this shakes things up in the storyline. They continue to be one of the best creative duos today.
This issue has introduced new plot elements that will reinforce the reader’s love for this series. Pick it up and brace yourself for what is to come!