By Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.

The penultimate issue of the Kick-Ass saga has arrived. I’ll keep this short and sweet because talking about the story would give some major surprises away. All readers need to know is that Mark Millar his on top of his game!!

Kick-Ass is known for its irreverent and relatively realistic tone. This book lives up to that 100%. The last full-page shot at the end of the comic says it all. As dark as this issue is, there are some heartfelt elements that capture what I think this series has been about: Normal people who become caught up in the thought of being extraordinary…and paying the consequences. Millar and John Romita Jr. have a lot of fan service, but they never forget character and story. That’s why this series has had such an impact in pop culture. The three major players; Kick-Ass, the Skull & Bones gang, and Rocco Genovese; are gearing up for the final battle. Why can’t this be a weekly book!?

For some reason the artwork just seems very vivid compared to the other issues. The whole art team appears to have put their best foot forward in every single panel. Colorists Dean White and Michael Kelleher really left an impression on this issue. They enhanced Romita Jr.’s work in such a brilliant palette; eye candy everywhere! In one panel Kick-Ass really takes action to a brutal place and the color nailed the emotional intensity of the panel. The artwork and writing at their peak, one can’t ask for more.

This is the precursor to the end; there is absolutely no reason for every comic book fan to pick up this issue and the next. It’s history…

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About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”