In Review: Kick-Ass # 1

KICK-ASS IS BACK—ready to wipe out the city's criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay.

Synopsis: KICK-ASS IS BACK—ready to wipe out the city’s criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS? Find out in the first issue of this new, ongoing monthly series.

Review: Mark Millar and John Romita JR. have reteamed to essentially reboot Kick-Ass and do something a little different. And thanks to the kind people at Millarworld we got an advance copy of the first issue which will be released tomorrow.

For obvious reasons, we can’t really say too much about the story or how it plays out, but we can reveal that the new Kick-Ass is a woman of color by the name of Patience Lee who is both a mum and a war veteran.

The opening pages show us our first glimpse at the new Patience in costume as Kick-Ass. But then goes to a flashback, which sets everything into motion.

What I will say about the new Kick-Ass is that it is not played for laughs like the original was. The original incarnation of Dave Lizewski was a comic book geek that was out of his element when he becomes Kick-Ass. This new version of the character isn’t in it for the fame or the coolness of going viral on the internet.

Patience Lee is a character who has very real problems and is someone that most people will be able to relate to on some level, but as important is the fact that most women will relate to her in some way too.

The first issue presents us with a Kick-Ass that feels more real and more socially responsible. And the world that Patience exists in is a world that many comics readers will know of first hand. Because it is the type of world that fans read comics in order to escape from.

As far as the Artwork goes. Its drawn really well and I loved the action beats that populate the final few pages as well as the few pages that give us the full reveal of Kick-Ass when she eventually unmasked. If you’re a fan of John Romita Jr’s artwork. You’ll not be disappointed with what is on offer here.

Noticeably missing is Hitgirl, but I’m sure we’ll likely run into more vigilante superheroes when we get to the second issue. But for now, I think fans will likely be accepting and happy to follow Patience Lee.

Overall. This is a strong first issue, which turns everything you think you know about Kick-Ass on its head and presents a less comedic version of the character who has real issues balancing life with the job of a vigilante. Bring on issue 2.

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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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