Usually, I’m a classic throwback guy who favors the original over the new modern take. That hasn’t been the case with the new Kick-Ass series and Kick-Ass #6 proves this character has never been better.
In the ‘season finale’ issue, Patience Lee is cornered by the revenge-seeking gang she’s been terrorizing. Now they’re ready for payback. But there’s one thing they didn’t count on — Patience’s alter ego isn’t just an identity, but a warning.
Not that the previous five issues haven’t delivered some impressive levels of carnage, but Kick-Ass #6 is what fans were waiting on. Writer Mark Millar unleashes Patience on some unsuspecting gang members and it’s an onslaught. Millar has a more refined take on Patience’s attack strategy so she doesn’t just blindly charge into battle. It makes the fight scenes more captivating since Patience knows what she’s doing and efficiently takes out her opposition.
John Romita Jr.’s artwork on the series has never been better. In some occasions, you just have to be a JRJR fan to appreciate his work, but in this issue he delivers some of his best work that’s not up for debate. Peter Steigerwald’s digital inks and colors likely have a lot to do with this cleaner presentation and I hope he partners with Romita more in the future. The artwork really looked impressive.
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Millar goes against expectations for how I assumed this issue would end. It makes a lot more sense in the context of the story he’s told, but it definitely has me ready for the next chapter. By the final few pages, I could almost hear the closing music as it builds to credits that have me excited about reading it all over again.
Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin will pick up the title later this fall, but Kick-Ass #6 was an excellent curtain call from the original creators.
Rating: 10 out of 10
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