Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall came out last week, and I for one was quite eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. I, like many, was a huge fan of the original Kick-Ass and had been anticipating the release of the sequel for a long time. So it’s time to ask myself the question that has been lingering in the back of my skull since I bought the issue.
Was the wait worth it?
Mark Miller once again teams up with John Romita Jr. to bring us into the world of Kick-Ass, a world filled with people trying to be superheroes without any superpowers. If you haven’t read the original yet, go do so now (Editor’s note: Or check out our reviews of some of the first series here, here, and here!)
When we last left Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass, he and Mindy MacCready (Hit Girl) and just finished taking out (commonly referred to as “killing”) John Genovese, a N.Y. crime lord who killed Mindy’s father (Big Daddy). At the end of the original series Chris/Red Mist had sworn revenge for his father’s death, becoming a super-villain. And that’s where we were left… wanting more.
Kick-Ass 2 #1 opens with Dave getting his a** handed to him by Mindy. It’s just a training session though because Mindy still sees potential in Dave. Afterward, they head home and Mindy is confronted by Marcus about what she has been doing and all the guns and weapons she’s hiding in her room.
And then: BAM! A bunch of filler stuff that fills in the gap of time from between the first series and… some other time… I’ll be honest, I’m slightly confused as to when all this stuff is going on. But Dave was outed somehow. His dad got beat up and sustained some brain damage or something. His house got blown up and Red Mist came back from some trip overseas or something. And that’s all apparently coming up in the next issues (so apparently Kick-Ass isn’t training until after all this?).
So after that series of flash-forwards, we get a series of flash backs… I think. Anyhow, we see “Dave’s crap life” of him and his dad and his girl problems and everything else that is exactly the same as where the first series left off. Essentially a “last time on Kick-Ass” moment. But then it transitions to Kick-Ass going on patrol with another hero, Doctor Gravity. It’s a cool scene, but I just can’t tell if it’s part of the flash back, or if we’re beck to the current timeline, but it says that it all takes place when Red Mist was in Europe so I’ll go with still a flash back.
Now I’m going to take a leap of faith here and assume that there’s a time jump between pages and it’s not the same night of the patrol, but it could be! I guess I just don’t know for sure.
Mindy can’t meet up with Dave because she promised her mom and Marcus, so Dave is about to meet a bunch of superheroes on his own. And he does. And they’re a super team. And that’s pretty much it. And that’s a lot of “and”s.
They’re “Justice Forever” and there’s a pretty sweet collection of costumes in them all. It’s a sweet way to end the first issue.
So that’s Kick-Ass 2 #1. Clearly I had some trouble keeping the timeline straight but really, it didn’t matter all that much. When you’re reading the issue everything makes sense. It’s only afterward, when you’re thinking about when everything takes place, that stuff gets confusing. Truth be told, I loved it. It was not Mark Miller’s best work but I’m sure everything will make sense as time goes on, and it was a great way to get us back into the world of Kick-Ass. I’m excited to see what happens next.