By Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.
The Kick-Ass saga has entered its final three issues! In this book, Mark Millar puts the focus back on Mindy (Hit-Girl). She’s still being imprisoned, attempting to be treated by a psychologist. Meanwhile, Dave (Kick-Ass), the Skull and Bones gang, and the Genovese family prepare for what will no doubt be a bloody conclusion.
The majority of the story chronicles Hit-Girl’s early days training with her father. Some are probably wondering why have flashbacks when the story is clearly about to end? Millar uses another plot device from his tool belt; what is presented in her past directly correlates with where her character arc will go. Once again, great story-telling at work. Also, there continues to be self-reflexivity throughout, such as using Marvel supervillain masks,which only helps to elevate the material. The framing for the flashback is Mindy speaking with her psychologist; very reminiscent of Rorschach’s incarceration in Watchmen. Intentional or not (probably intentional since Rorschach is noted in the issue), it makes for riveting plot progression and character development.
The page layouts for the flashbacks are what immediately captures one’s attention in this book. A simple, yet effective way to differentiate the past from present events. Having John Romita Jr. pencil Big Daddy again before the end of the run is such a treat! There’s not much else I can say about the artwork that I haven’t already praised before. It still stands strong till the end.
Considering the fact this pop culture impacting comic is coming to its conclusion, there is no reason why everyone should not be picking this issue up! Especially when there are three beautiful covers from John Romita Jr., Leinil Yu and Jerome Opeña to choose from.