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ISBN-13: 9781848565340
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Kick Start Series
Edition description: UK Only
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.73(w) x 10.20(h) x (d)

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Kick-Ass 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
PRNPN More than 1 year ago
This is a good comic books for young adults. The violence, the blood, and the storyline are all must see. This is Mark Millar's finest work so far. The art work by John Romita Jr. is excellent he is just a good an artist just like his father.
Furryfist More than 1 year ago
I think almost any fan of comics will enjoy this book. The story is pretty strait forward look at what might happen if regular people tried to take up being vigilantes. It's pretty violent, has other dark overtones and is defiantly for adults. I am a fan Millar's gritty look at at the world of comic book heros and Romita Jr's art storytelling is great. Overall a quick read, nicely paced with action. If handled like the comic, I think the movie adaption will be fun. I noticed it has an R rating so that's a good start.
scabies More than 1 year ago
Even though books like Watchmen have played with the idea of superheros being part of the real world and American culture, Kick-Ass is actually a fairly original take on it. The book is very much placed in the 21st century, with modern culture and comic book references throughout. Half the book is a dark, twisted comedy, and the other half is a dark, twisted drama. Ideal for people who would get nerd in-jokes and with offbeat senses of humor.
highvoltagegrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually have issues with the lack of story and background on characters in graphic novels, but this one was well sorted out. The main character wants to do something more with his life and he takes his inspiration from superheroes in the comic books he reads. More ¿real¿ superheroes come out of the woodwork and we get to know some of them and their reasons for putting themselves at risk as well.There is no lack of action in the violence filled pages and the book has enough gratuitous nudity that it isn¿t a comic meant for all ages. Though the blood and gore is a lot more realistic than most of the other comics it¿s because the storyline is based in reality, it¿s something that essentially could be true (no radioactive spiders or whatnot here).
ACGalaga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is brutal to its main protagonist which makes it so good. Most people will compare this comic to the film being that they were released near the same time. However, although I enjoy the film adaptation, it is not faithful to the book and is literately inadequate. The film's more seems to be, "put on a costume and you'll get chicks." The book is much more mature than that. It's a weird comparison, but the adaptation reminds me of the film adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Both films are glamorized and end up having an unrealistic (Hollywood) happy ending.Big Daddy isn't a good man.Red mist is a coward.Kick-ass gets off on pain.
mikemillertime on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having seen and loved the movie first, I think it was as faithful an adaptation as ever, with minor changes only enhancing the story. So while I ultimately believe this original version of the story has some room for improvement, it was still a highly entertaining and beautifully drawn (though far gorier) with poignant observations on fame and heroicism.
andystehr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as the movie. I don't know exactly what I didn't like, but it left me feeling uninspired.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kid decides he wants to be a superhero, takes his lumps, keeps at it, and makes good. The basic story is really that cliché (or is it that archetypal?), and not all Millar¿s canny mix of cute character moments and pottymouthed nastiness can cover that up. And you know, maybe if it were the forties and they were killing Nazis or something, they would get a pass, but they¿re killing drug addicts and sex workers like it ain¿t nothing, and then going back to being regular sarcastic-yet-sweet-as-long-as-you-buy-them-the-new-iphone-for-Christmas American kids, and that¿s not really okay. Millar may think it¿s all over-the-top pastiche the way he¿s emulating Frank Miller here, but it twists the discourse; it¿s been grown out of by cop dramas and war movies and so genre¿s no excuse; and it¿s not okay. Most of all I weep for nerds¿where once they could have been Spider-Man, or if they were really angry nerds worked out their frustrations with the Punisher, now all they get is a model that tells them the slightest deviation from the norm¿hanging with drug dealers, being a bit creepy obsessive¿merits extrajudicial execution (as long as you¿re not creepy obsessive about doling out said execution; that¿s just, um, super). Comics are for soap opera, and maybe once they were for making you feel like you could take on those bullies, but they¿re not for teaching us that weirdos deserve to die, especially when said weirdos make up the readership. Luckily nobody under 30 reads comics now, or I¿d weep for the nice kids getting turned into George Zimmerman. I¿m exaggerating a bit, and there is some nuance here, but more ¿the suggestion of nuance,¿ if you know what I mean.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Reading this made me sad. Not because the story was sad but because many people love it. This book boils down to what a thirteen year old with bad parents would write if given free reign to make whatever he wanted. Its not just violence for the sake of violence or shocking language from children for shock value, its the overall lowest common denominator that is the goal here. Most upsetting is that I've read good things from Mark Millar, not a lot, but some. He can but doesn't choose to. There are a few laughs but they are few and far between. John Romita Jr., who I grew up enjoying, is doing something different but doesn't have anything good to work with here. Just deplorably bad overall.
KickAss01 More than 1 year ago
I actually saw the movie before I got this. I 100% love this! Yes it is violent, but I knew that going in. You really feel bad for Dave with his defeats, but then you cheer when he wins. Yes, they made quite a few changes from comic to film, but I really like both. Can't wait to read Kick-Ass 2! Great writing & artwork here. You will not be let down!
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i loved this book.
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I watched the movie first and was really excited to read the book. I was amazed with how good the writing was. Mark Millar is a talented writer and it is enjoyable.
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Hikaru23 More than 1 year ago
This comic was very good! ^___^ i loved the idea of it and the fact that it's possible... the drawing is great! i loved the detail and color usage! This was Kick-Ass!!!! I loved it!!
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Although the book/graphic novel is a bit different from the movie, it is equally as interesting and captivating. With that said even i you thought the movie was a little cliche and a little unrealistic the book puts it to shame. It's a lot more believable and it keeps you gessing the whole way through. All in all this book is great.