For the second installment in the Kick-Ass saga, Mark Miller kicks things up a notch — and not necessarily in a good way.
The second story seeks to offer a bit of commentary on team-ups and the necessity of community. Well, at least it does for the first three or so issues. But once the bad guys appear back on the scene in full force, the commentary and subtlety go right out the window in favor of “let’s put as much violence onto the page as possible.”
The first installment was violent, bloody and brutal, but at least all of that seemed like it had a point to it. This one seems violent, bloody and brutal just for the sake of being that way. I kept wondering if Millar was operating under a deadline and had to rush this installment in a way that he didn’t the first.
Ultimately, it makes this collection feel a bit less than the first and I am not sure yet if I want to pick up the third collection. I’m invested enough in the characters that I’m curious to see how it all comes out but I’m not going to be in a rush to run out and read Kick-Ass 3.