Book: Kick-Ass 3 #8
Writer/Co-creator: Mark Millar
Pencils/Co-creator: John Romita Jr.
Inks & Washes: Tom Palmer
Colors: Dean White & Mickael Kelleher
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Summary from Comixology: “The epic series finale is here! Kick-Ass 3 dons the costume one last time…will he be going to his death or a triumphant ride into the sunset? And has months in lock-up dulled Hit-Girl’s death-dealing reflexes just when she needs them the most?”
This is where it’s all been leading… The final showdown for Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl against the mob and an army of dirty cops. And boy does it pay off. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Kick-Ass 3. I waited and read the first 2 series, and the Hit-Girl run, once they’d been released in trades, but this one I followed issue by issue from day 1. Some issues I really loved and felt like they hadn’t written a better issue; other issues felt like a bit of a chore to get through. This final entry of the saga though fires on all cylinders. The potential peril that Dave and Mindy face feels legitimate. I found myself flying through the pages and I had to make a conscious effort to slow down and take it all in.
John Romita Jr. has done some of his best work here. I’d dare to call this issue his current masterpiece (he’s still got many years left so we may not have seen his absolute best yet). There are 2 pages in particular that are just violently awe-inspiring. I mean, they are completely flawless and beautiful. But they are some of the most brutal comic pages I’ve seen in a long time. Probably since Kick-Ass 2 actually…
Without spoiling anything, I’ll say that the ending clearly expresses that Mark Millar had a point all along with this story of a dumb kid who suits up to try and be a real superhero. There IS a moral to it all, and for comic fans, it’s entirely relevant. I was kind of caught off-guard by it, to be honest, but very much inspired.
Story-wise, there was no downside for me. I felt very satisfied in the completion of the story. It didn’t feel forced or faked in any way, and I appreciate that. The one “bad” thing I’ll address is the price. $5.99 is a steep price for a comic book. HOWEVER… this a double sized finale and clocks in at 42 pages so whereas you would have paid $2.99 for 24 pages, here you’re literally paying double to get double. It’s by no means a rip-off, but it’s a thing that happened.
The Final Say
If you’ve been invested in the Kick-Ass series at all, this book is worth owning. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with this particular series, it’s a great final issue and offers the right amount of closure for the characters. I easily give this a 4 out of 4. It solidifies that Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are like more plausible Batman-types. It doesn’t have to be who’s under the mask (well, except maybe in Hit-Girl’s case), but what they do that defines them.