The new Kick-Ass series has proven to be one of the more pleasant surprises of 2018. Switching up who’s under the mask has set up some fun new possibilities and intriguing story developments. Despite a new creative team, Kick-Ass #7 remains just as thrilling, engaging and unpredictable as ever.
On his final issue, creator Mark Millar took a very unexpected change with the series essentially making Patience a crime lord with her own gang. With Kick-Ass #7 new writer Steve Niles explores some of the repercussions of those choices. Patience has to teach her gang how to be aware of innocents caught in the crossfire. Essentially she’s back on the battlefield leading her troops into action. It’s a fresh approach and one we’d never see from Batman or The Punisher.
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As usual, Kick-Ass’ actions don’t go unnoticed by the real criminal gang leaders and they soon take action to take her down. Niles doesn’t miss a step with Patience’s non-costumed life and her interesting code of honor that prevents her from living it up despite routinely taking out wealthy gangs.
Marcelo Frusin joins in on the fun with artwork that captures more of a noir style that’s fitting for the title. Sunny Gho uses a darker color palette that has just the right amount of bright colors and avoids coming off too gloomy.
Kick-Ass #7 keeps one of Image’s most consistent titles rolling strong. Under Niles and Frusin, the book is in excellent hands.