It’s been way too long since Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin has taken readers on another wave of carnage and chaos courtesy of Kick-Ass. Add in Hit-Girl and the mayhem will only intensify.
Despite the title, the two characters don’t actually interact or even meet by the end of the issue. That’s fine as Niles needs to set the stage and effectively catch readers up on what’s played out in Kick-Ass. Patience is regretting her actions in the last mini-series and fully taking in how she’s impacted her family.
Before she can make things right, she’s got to deal with some dissension in her ranks as some of the gangs are tired of her leadership. Just as Patience addresses that problem a huge one is riding into town as Hit-Girl wants to find out who’s masquerading as her old ally.
Niles sets up the confrontation well without making it feel like a cheat on the promise of the two characters fighting.
Frusin’s cinematic artwork hasn’t lost any of its effectiveness as he shows the brutal and very violent fighting style of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. Frisian manages to stage these sequences without making the action extremely gratuitous. It comes off more like Frusin is showing how efficient the two are in combat in a battle of life or death.
Sunny Gho’s colors continue to be a high point with a great blend of striking colors, timely gradients and the right mix of dark and bright palettes.
I was a huge fan of this updated Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl series and none of that quality has been sacrificed in the first installment of this clash.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Photo Credit: Image Comics