Kick-Ass vs. Hit-Girl #2
It’s hard not to appreciate a book that understands its audience and delivers accordingly. That’s the second chapter of Kick-Ass vs. Hit-Girl in a nutshell. Hit-Girl is not at all pleased that someone has commandeered her pal Dave’s identity and worse using it to lead a gang.
While Hit-Girl is on the warpath tearing through Kick-Ass’s gangs, Patience is already working on a separation plan from the gangs and bring vigilante life. Now if she survives to carry out that plan will hinge on talking some sense into Hit-Girl. Good luck.
Writer Steve Niles has these characters down so well that it hardly feels like a crossover clash. The pacing feels right and Niles as never struggled to work in some quiet character development moments before diving into the action carnage.
Artist Marcelo Frusin puts just the right amount of detail that it doesn’t detract from his minimal style. It’s the ideal visual style for Kick-Ass, which benefits from the lack of clutter. I remain impressed by the striking colors from Sunny Gho, who avoids the expected darker color palette for such a violent book. The bold colors make for a terrific contrast to the dark deeds.
Niles completes building the fight this issue setting up what should be a memorable clash with his two titles characters next issue.
Rating: 10 out of 10