Kick-Ass 2 (comics)
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Cover of Issue One
|Publication date||October 20, 2010 – March 21, 2012|
|Number of issues||7|
|Main character(s)||Dave Lizewski|
|Penciller(s)||John Romita, Jr.|
John Romita, Jr.
Kick-Ass 2 is a comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. It takes place chronologically after the Hit-Girl comic book series. The story follows the main character, Kick-Ass, who is trying to form a team of "real life" superheroes, while concurrently preparing for the arrival of The Red Mist (now known as The Mother Fucker); an enemy character who has been gathering a team of "supervillains" in order to defeat both Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.
According to Millar, the sequel to the original mini-series was planned very early on. Millar has stated that he envisions Kick-Ass to be a trilogy of volumes. With the release of Kick-Ass 2 Hardcover, it has been revealed that the entire series will consist of five volumes. Kick-Ass is book 1, Hit-Girl book 2, Kick-Ass 2 book 3, and two more untitled books 4 and 5 respectively.
The comic debuted on 20 October 2010. By 27 October 2010, Kick-Ass 2 #1 sold out. The issue was scheduled to be reissued with two variant covers. The second issue was released on 30 March 2011, three months late from the book's original release date. The third issue was released on 24 August 2011. The fourth issue was released on 28 September 2011. The fifth issue was released on 23 November 2011. The sixth issue was released on 28 December 2011. The seventh and last issue was released on 21 March 2012.
The full-length graphic novel was released on 13 June 2012.
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- Kick-Ass – returning directly from the previous story, Dave Lizewski is trying to become both a more competent and effective crimefighter. As Kick-Ass, he is taking tri-weekly training sessions with Hit-Girl, as well as taking part in patrols with other superheroes.
- Hit-Girl – forcibly in retirement, Mindy McCready is desperately trying to adjust to a normal life of a twelve year-old. Writer Mark Millar compared Hit-Girl in this volume to be similar to the protagonist of A History of Violence, who had retired from a violent lifestyle. But after the events of chapter 5, she's back for more action.
- Marcus Williams - a police officer who married Mindy's mother and acts as Mindy's stepfather. Millar added Marcus into the comic series in order to acknowledge the storyline of the film.
- Katie Deauxma is the object of Dave's affections. One of The Mother Fucker's minions shoots her father in the head, and The Mother Fucker and two of his minions rape her as revenge against Kick-Ass.
- James Lizewski is Dave's father. To protect Dave he claims to be Kick-Ass and is sent to jail. The Mother Fucker orchestrates his murder, James is found hanged by the neck.
- Vic Gigante is a police officer who worked for Chris Genovese's father.
- Doctor Gravity – a hero who is an English major at Columbia University.
- Colonel Stars – an ex-mafia member turned masked vigilante. Killed by The Motherfucker and his gang. His real name was Sal Bertolinni, and he used to work for John Genovese.
- Lieutenant Stripes – an ex-mafia member turned masked vigilante, the brother of Colonel Stars.
- Battle-Guy – Battle-Guy is revealed to be Marty Eisenberg, one of Dave's best friends. He attempts to create a false history as a reason for being a superhero, involving his parents being murdered and eaten in front of him.
- Remembering Tommy – a husband and wife duo. It is revealed that the two became superheroes after their son was kidnapped from in front of a store. After attempting in vain to find him with the police and the newspapers, they took to the streets using vigilante justice.
- Night-Bitch – became a costumed crimefighter after finding her sister's body in a dumpster.
- Insect-Man – a cop who became a hero after becoming disillusioned by the lack of competence in the police department.
- Rocket-Man - a man with a jet-pack made of balsa wood.
- The All-seeing Eye - a man who couldn't stay out of the newspapers.
- Moon-bird - a woman in Chelsea who makes sure drunk girls go home every night. She carries a taser and mace.
- The Enforcer - a social activist who worked mainly on the transit system.
- Ass Kicker - Todd Haynes, one of Dave's best friends.
The Toxic Mega-cunts
- The Mother Fucker – seeking vengeance for the murder of his father, Chris Genovese has become a supervillain, changing his character from "Red Mist" to "The Mother Fucker", and thus, changing his costume as a part of that, and having a gang called the Toxic Mega-cunts. Mark Millar compared the supervillains of the Kick-Ass universe to that of the gangs of teenagers in A Clockwork Orange, who would go around beating innocents solely for pleasure.
- Mother Russia – The Mother Fucker's Russian bodyguard. She used to be a member of both Spetsnaz and the KGB. She is responsible for protecting him and killing anyone he wants dead. The Mother Fucker revealed to the rest of his gang that she was a former bodyguard of the Russian Prime Minister until she killed the rest of his bodyguards in a blind, albeit drunken rage, who accused her of cheating at cards. Her pay is fifty grand a week plus expenses. She is The Mother Fucker's answer to Kick-Ass' friend and ally, Hit-Girl.
Sequels, spinoffs and adaptations
A Hit-Girl spin-off was announced at the Kapow comicon. The series focuses on Hit-Girl's story between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, and looks at how she deals with ordinary life, such as attending high school. At the end of Kick-Ass 2, Mark Millar indicates that there are two more parts for Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, and that this will be the last Kick-Ass comic chapter that will end "with a major character's death."
Universal bought the rights to a film adaptation of the comic in May 2012, and plans to produce it. Jeff Wadlow was confirmed to direct. The comic book was adapted by Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow and John Romita Jr.Kick-Ass 2 is set to be released June 28, 2013.Ain't It Cool News has reported that Jim Carrey has been officially cast as Colonel Stars.
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