Synopsis: Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl CLASH in the third issue of this explosive arc. Mindy’s armed to serve her own brand of vigilante justice, just like Big Daddy taught her. Ready to slay the Dave imposter and leave Albuquerque’s criminal empire in ruins.
Picking up immediately from where the last issue left off. Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl have come face to face with each other for the first time. Furthermore, Hit-Girl has a few choice words for Patience Lee who has taken over the Kick-Ass mantle from Hit-Girls old mate Dave. The duel between them comes to a sudden impasse when one of Cortez’s goons comes after them.
Marcelo Frusin continues to rock it with some fantastic illustrations. Firstly, we get a brilliant full-page spread of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl caught mid-flight as the two pounce at each other guns blasting. Additionally, I also liked the art illustrating Patience as she sows her wound back together again after the fight. It’s fair to say that the battle between Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass was evenly matched. As neither party gets away unscathed.
Much like with the last issue. Steve Niles is rather economical with his text and only uses it when it best serves the story. In this instance, the issue flies by due to it having a massive action set piece at the start. I’m really enjoying how Niles juxtaposes the action with Patience Lee’s personal life, which is a bit of a train wreck given the struggles of living such a demanding double life. It may be cool if we can get to see a bit more of what Mindy gets up to when she is off the clock. May we see Mindy and Patience encounter each other when they are not in costume?
Overall. This is a solid issue that flies by. I can’t wait until next month to see how the story continues.
Kick-Ass Vs. Hit-Girl #3 will be available at Comixology and at all good comics stores on Wednesday 13 January.