Kick Ass 2 Graphic Novel: Review

An interesting follow up from the ground breaking original that was turned into a major motion picture and a sequel that came out last summer (2013). Same creative team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (JRJR)

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I read this months before the sequel came out as that’s how it was produced initially. I enjoyed this quite a bit, and now with benefit of hindsight, can confirm it’s better than what was released on film.

Where this book shines is where JRJR does work. He’s great at making each character in a panel/frame as individual as his skill allows which is important to me. I can’t stand when I see an artist with talent make everyone with the same face (with exceptions like twins or something). Since World War Hulk and his tremendous run on Amazing Spider-Man, he is one of the best artists in drawing “destruction” scenes. In this book, being that it’s a realistic take on the medium almost within the medium(medium being comics), most of the destruction comes from human dismemberment, which I’m sure older/mature readers will appreciate. It’s something along the lines of Spartacus in terms of its gore. His splash pages are poster worthy and are usually seen towards the end of a chapter/issue. The overall feel is similar to the original so that is helpful, I did notice a more orangey hue to the book why I don’t know, maybe to compliment to the bravery of the title hero.

Millar has created a string of self invented stories, characters under his Millar World brand, but I don’t think any are as impressive as Kick-Ass (aside from “Superior). For readers of a more daring age or ones who support creator owned titles, or just like a different way from the big two (Marvel & DC) every so often, this is awesome. Painting a fan boys dream of how a typical modern day nerd really does think about doing from time to time.

Kick Ass2 #3This isn’t one of those really porky individuals or one of those fashion nerds, this is a person who reads comics and said maybe it would be a cool idea to actually do some good in the Cosplay costume I wear to comic-cons. So the story takes place a couple months after the original, and it moves swiftly to the end. Of course it felt long as the issues came up, but the story is pretty fast paced. I’m sure in the movie version, some characters got expanded more than in the book, namely like, Ms. “Night-Bitch”. In the comic where I felt it was the biggest flaw was that most of these characters weren’t important other than really just having bodies to emphasize the scope of Kick-Ass inspired heroes. Again I would have loved to see his script in translation to JRJR’s art (I think the issues usually have those kind of special features). One of the things I love about this is he uses names in very humorous ways. Like when he made an Adam Huges reference I was very pleased because he was very accurate with it.

In an awkward way this was almost a Spider-Man story. It really shows the resilience of a character to do something despite all the personal pain you might go through. It’s not the most self inspiring story but, it does have a lot more personal pain in this. We all have those days when we don’t feel well so we won’t go into work or go to church or a particular event. He literally has no powers, but he just wanted to make those heroes, that he reads, proud. I think, on the surface anyway, the core of the book is about giving your word, keeping it against everything and anything, and taking a lot of pride in it. That alone, is something this world seems to lack in men these days. And trust me, A LOT HAPPENS to Millar’s created heroes.

With that said it’s a worthy pick up in graphic novel form, or as a rarity item, as issues.

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Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Art:  9.5 out of 10,
  • layout*: 9 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 10 out of 10,
  • Story: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Continuity? Well its out of normal continuity, so it works, but in general, from panel to panel, it is pretty solid.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Fan Expo 2013

If you like any of the pics you or your friends are in you can now purchase that photo (original, no watermark) for $1 or have it edited your in a fashion you’d like with the original for $5 (no watermark) (NOTE: THIS GOES FOR ANY OTHER PICTURE THAT I’VE TAKEN AND OR POSTED)

Enjoy!!

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Smallville Season 11 #41

Smallville - Season 11 #41Valkyrie: Over the Atlantic Lois is flying out to Africa for an assignment (via plane), when a child inquires about how Superman is like, then the flight attendants, and slowly begins to see (if she didn’t already) that she is a celebrity mostly in part to the fact that Superman is tied to her name in more than one way. Then one of the flight attendants gets fresh. In London (not even sure why London I must of missed that somewhere) Perry White gets a call that Lois has been taken off the plane due to fighting the attendant, and the air marshal. She jokes about not worrying if she’s on the no fly list, “there’s always a safer way to travel”. Near Tinasha, Africa is where Lois begins her assignment about an “Angel of the Plateau” by asking U.N. soldiers. They respond by saying the vigilante is “unquestionably badass” they continue to explain that due to warlords taking children, villagers in return get protection, but the children don’t make it home when the angel strikes. Moments later their U.N. convoy is ambushed (of course it is…) and as the gunfight ensues Lois finds herself in mishap after mishap until finally her Angel arrives. Who turns out to be… Lana….? To Be Continued.

This is nit picking, but in the story, Lois goes on talking about her ass, then there’s clear ass shot (which in all 200+ episodes of Smallville, an ass shot was rare. There’s maybe 6 in all 10 seasons) AND IT’S THE FLATTEST ASS I’VE EVER SEEN.  Granted it’s a 2D medium, but there’s ways around that to give Lois SOME booty. Granted the Actor may not have much but you done changed up so much what’s wrong with giving her some real booty?Smallville - Season 11 #41 019

Anyway I FINALLY GOT MY PRAYERS ANSWERED! Cat Staggs does the interior for the book and its damn near amazing. I wonder if this was to “mimic” the last time we saw Lana, when she gets the suit she currently has on to save Lois. If I’m not mistaken, Allison Mack directed that episode and it was very pro female. The art work is very detailed and really captures the look of the actress’ faces in different situations. It’s a bit of a step forward in quality, but this doesn’t take away at all from the look of the Haunted arc Artist. The inker (if not Catt) did miss some spots. I can still see some sketch lines. Intended maybe, but it just looks cheap if that’s a style. I think I noticed a Mr. Terrific nod in the opening pages. I’m impressed with the look of her first interior work for the book. If she is on another book previously, then I’m sure others are used to this style but as a first time and, given her clear talent I’m a tad let down.

I like seeing this side to Lois, her bob. She often gets lost in the role of being the damsel in distress, to emphasize the love story between her and Clark. So her being away on a solo mission is dope. To what end obviously remains to be seen, but for what it’s worth, this is the best side story so far. It touches on the fact that everyone knows who she is and how important she is to the public’s impression of Superman, and how she deals with keeping his secret. Favourite part of the issue is Lana’s reveal. If it weren’t for the cover, you’d have never guessed it was really her.

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  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art: 3.2 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 4 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week! THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: The “LEW System” – Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Video of the Day: Red Son

So its MAN OF STEEL DAY (JUNE 14) and I came across this video. Its one that I’ve always wanted to see. What if the Man of steel had been raised in a communist/socialist culture/economy? who know’s, I might do a review.

In Red Son, Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small time difference (a handful of hours) from the original timeline, meaning Earth’s rotation placed Ukraine in the ship’s path instead of Kansas. Instead of fighting for “…truth, justice, and the American Way”, Superman is described in Soviet radio broadcasts “…as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.” His “secret identity” (i.e. the name his adoptive parents gave him) is a state secret.

Video of the Day: Who Are the Guardians of the Galaxy?

With News coming in daily its about time we figure out who the Guardians of the Galaxy really are this video should help you out.

– Video from IGN

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW