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Hit-Girl – The Comic!

While I loved the original Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 was a huge disappointment given the needlessly graphic nature of it (something, I hear, the upcoming movie largely cuts thankfully).  When I original heard Mark Millar and John Romita Jr were releasing a mini-series focusing on the popular Hit-Girl, I questioned that decision as the character really only works well in a limited capacity.  Still, I was intrigued and enough of a fan of the Kick-Ass franchise to check it out.

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And I was happy to find that Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl largely works (besides its needlessly long and clunky title).  And it never misuses Hit-Girl at all.  Sometimes when you spin-off a character into her own thing, it rarely works.  Millar clearly had a plan and was able to make it fresh so it didn’t feel like a waste of time/needless cash-in.  I suppose putting her out of her element (school) worked in its favor.

Taking place between the first two volumes of Kick-Ass (hence the “prelude” part), we find Mindy “Hit-Girl” McCready trying to lead a normal life after being reunited with her mother and step-father.  However, she cannot help slipping back into her superhero ways as she continues plot against the Genovese crime family.  Her step-dad (who also happens to be the only honest cop in New York) knows of her past and is increasingly trying to stop her from slipping back into it.

Hit-Girl really brought back the fun that was present in the first Kick-Ass.  Yes, this comic is overly violent, but unlike Kick-Ass 2, it never crossed the line and most of the violence happens naturally.  It was never gratuitous (from a narrative standpoint) and often quite funny (how can you not laugh when someone breaks their hand when trying to throw a punch?).

I will admit, though, some of the stuff in the book can be really tough to swallow at times.  Mindy is just a bit too clever for her own good.  Granted, that is a conceit of the character, but I have a hard time believing that she is able to completely hide the fact that she, among other things, is able to completely conceal a motorcycle under a house owned by a cop who is keeping an extremely strong eye on her and her activities.  I suppose it is one of those things you need to “hand wave” over it.

I liked Hit-Girl.  I recommend it, especially if you liked the first Kick-Ass.  The tone is more aligned with the first volume than the second.  It may not quite line up with how Kick-Ass 2 begins as it retreads a few things that were already resolved by the end of this series, but that, I think, has more to do with the fact that Millar didn’t know he was going to be writing a Hit-Girl prequel when he started on his Kick-Ass sequel.  Then, this is just me being nitpicky.

Thumbs up Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl.  Here is hoping that the final volume, Kick-Ass 3, retains this tone and feeling.  If that is the case, then we will have something really special here.

~N

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3 responses to “Hit-Girl – The Comic!

  1. blessedbrother August 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I hope the movie is good! Thx for sharing!

  2. TheGorehound August 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    yeah dude, kick-ass 2 went over the top with rape but besides that scene, I thought kick-ass 2 (novel) had much more energy and excitement. hit-girl was more emotional and more real. I’m really looking forward to the movie.

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