Review – Hit-Girl #2 (2012)

Writer & Co-Creator: Mark Millar
Breakdowns & Co-Creator: John Romita Jr.
Finishes & Ink Washes: Tom Palmer
Colors: Dean White with Michael Kelleher
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Variant Cover: Dave Johnson
Published by: Marvel Comics

Hit-Girl issue 1 introduces a new rise in crime and the need for the hero duo to return to the streets. We see a slew of new criminals and it’s Hit-Girl who declares to Kick-Ass that a return to the streets is inevitable. In issue 2 she takes him under her wing to train him in the art of being a Super Hero and they set into the training music, well… there is no training music but you can imagine there’s something incredibly cool going on there.

As a crash course it’s a shock to see Kick-Ass really grow a pair in the issue, it does help defeat the issue of him hesitating in action situations that she’ll present. Of course this isn’t to say everything goes off without a hitch, Marcus is of course onto Mindy and dead set on her dropping her old ways to ensure they all have a happier and normal family life after all this time. Unfortunately the roofies kick in and his concerns go out the window as she sets off in full gear for a real test of all the training she’s put Dave through.

Unfortunately as well as he might do, there’s always the unexpected and in this case the old forms of absolute death came swinging through. It seems that old habits die-hard and Kick-Ass will have to adapt to her style of getting things done versus his more noble version. The clash will likely keep pushing through as Mindy attempts to battle her way into social circles to better function in her cover identity at school.

As a whole, issue 2 of Hit-Girl brings tons of action, drama, swearing and great moments of this new duo bonding as heroes and still able to bicker over the little things. On top of that, Red Mist shows his face and moves to set the spotlight on himself for this act, it’s showtime for the Super Villain movement and it looks like all chaos is about to hit the city as they find the opposing force to this push for justice and peace. Unfortunately the climax leaves one begging for the end of August to roll around to find out where this is all going.

Release Date: July 25, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Hit-Girl #1 (2012)

Writer & Co-Creator: Mark Millar
Breakdowns & Co-Creator: John Romita Jr.
Finishes & Ink Washes: Tom Palmer
Colors: Dean White with Michael Kelleher
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Covers: Leandro Fernandez, Ileana Montechiarini and Phil Noto
Published by: Marvel Comics

Hit-Girl is no more, well if that was the case we wouldn’t be here. Instead she’s back and so is Kick-Ass in a new series of adventures that will help tie up the gap between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. Not only are the duo involved but we see new faces and Red Mist return to the stage for this next act of the saga.

Issue 1 of the Hit-Girl series starts off with the criminal element of the city tuning up a teen hero, unfortunately in Kick-Ass fashion this isn’t them helping out by changing plugs and oil and helping their auto needs. Instead it’s a pipe, a lot of hitting and general street brutality, the goal is simple, sell out Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl so they mob can make an example of them. Given their vast knowledge of technology it seems they don’t understand that not everyone just knows who everyone else is in this crusade. As a result there’s a lot of excessive violence and death as they move down the list trying to execute revenge and their own personal declarations of triumph and try to secure the crown of Crime Boss.

Mindy is back in the public, this time taking up life with her Mother and Marcus going to the same school as Dave, facing the issues of being a kid in school with taunting, cliques and general drama that she never really faced in her training. While she could kill someone 200 ways she can’t use the same technique to shut down a diva trying to stay on their perch that insults her clothing choices. It’s a taxing time having to step away from something she knew so well but she hasn’t been sitting on her hands, instead she’s been ready for the next chapter of this battle.

Kick-Ass is his usual self, a bit paranoid and sketchy to be going head-on with so much heat around them and the heat from the mob still burning their feet. He’s game to support her though and make sure this goes through, even if his inner-confidence still leaves a bit to be desired, the fact is as far as the timeline goes. He only just helped take down one of the biggest crime bosses around.

Crime lords, street gangs, Red Mist and a hero war are all on the verge of breaking out and it’s only going to get uglier as the central heroes that set this game into play sit out of the field. If the end of the issue is any indicator, that could very well change and boy will it ever. Miller, Romita and the art team do a great job delivering a quality middle ground to clear up what happened in the off-time and we’ll have our second issue review of Hit-Girl #2 up shortly.

Release Date: June 27, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★★