BOOK REVIEW: Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl

Millar 2013 - Hit-Girl

 

In one four-lettered word: Nice!

What you need to know: if you’ve seen Kick-Ass 2 the movie (or read the graphic novel), then Hit-Girl slides in nicely between that and the first Kick-Ass movie.

Mindy McCready (Hit-Girl) is subjected to public school, as part of her re-introduction to mainstream life, which is well out of her comfort-zone of being raised around weapons and graphic violence. She lives with her mother (who’s still a very fragile state) and her father’s best friend, the only straight cop in the precinct. Having being compelled to promise to cease being a vigilante, she still meets Kick-Ass to continue his training, and more importantly, her father’s mission to take out the mob. At same time, we the bond between Mindy and Dave Lizewski (Kick-Ass)grow as she has to rely on him to teach her about handling the school pecking order, and the stress she feels being held by when she’s verbally bullied by peers. To this background we cover the reasons why Hit-Girl’s retirement from crime-fighting occurs by the beginning of Kick-Ass 2, as well as the rise of The Motherfucker – Red Mist goes off on a global ‘Bruce Wayne-like’ mission to improve himself as a villain, and but eventually sees the enlightenment of recruiting an army instead, when also gives rise to the costumed heroes seen in Kick-Ass 2.

I loved this book. It delivered in spades everything I wanted, and firmly establishes Hit-Girl as the lead character in the Kick-Ass universe – there’s even an in-joke where Mindy refers to Dave as being “her Robin” and not the other way around. What was really interesting was that I really felt for in handling the school-yard politics – you knew what you wanted to see her do, how you knew she could react, but the reality was she has to play by the same rules as the rest of us. And there were moments of genuine sentiment when you saw Dave truly assume his role as her big brother, guiding her through the various hierarchies that make up everyday school life.

If you haven’t read this, and enjoyed the two films, what are you waiting for?

GS Rating: 5/5

Source: Icon Comics

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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