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Quite simply, we just can't get enough Kick-Ass. Short of buying our own green and yellow wetsuits, Wrangler boots, and thick yellow industrial gloves, plus batons, we decided to indulge our mitts with a copy of the graphic novel version of Kick-Ass. Bringing together all the comics, (originally published by Marvel's imprint Icon), that the film Kick-Ass (currently on cinematic release in the UK) was adapted from, the graphic is a chunky piece of value-for-money.
What's the story?
A punk-ass teen wonders about why no one has never taken up the role of a super hero before to fight the world's ills. Before he realises what he's doing, he's ordered the wetsuit and gone out and gotten himself into far more trouble than he ever realised possible.
Please note that the film's story does deviate at numerous points and details from the original comics.
How does the graphic and the film compare?
The film's creators took the comics and changed the story in parts, and details of characters, in ways that actually allow the concept to be more believable and sophisticated. Essentially, even though Mark Millar is an excellent writer, when you read the graphic and then watch the film, or the other way round, you will notice that Matt Vaughn has taken Kick-Ass that extra bit further.
Though there are parts from the comics that I wished they'd put in the film, such as Dave's dad's search for love, or sex. Also, people say the film is violent, well actually the original comics are a heck of a lot more violent: electrical testicular torture, and a Hit-Girl who uses swords far more often. Definitely a read for those past the age of fifteen.
John Romita Jr.'s artwork is fricken' awesome, with distinct character designs. As with pretty much all comic book movies that are adapted from a specific work, it is worth reading what the film is based on. Even though Vaughn made changes to the comics' story, Millar's original still makes a fine read, with some more intriguing nuisances with particular characters and their back story.
The graphic novel is out now at all good UK booksellers (online and offline). With an RRP of £9.99 for the regular version. If you want to collect the original comics, then check out your local comic book store.
Wiki entry on the comics
Our Kick-Ass film review