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Kick-Ass 2 #2

Kick-Ass 2 – Balls to the Wall #2: Hmmm… well, that certainly took a while. Honestly, I think movies can get made in the amount of time it took for us to receive the second issue of this second run of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s creator-owned series Kick-Ass. So, was it worth the wait? It’s hard to say… even with a normal release schedule I feel like I would’ve been let down by this issue. There’s a lot of talking, some backstories, a little bit of action and a couple of not-too-interesting reveals. But what really brought me down was the art. John Romita Jr. is obviously busy handling the art on Marvel’s flagship Avengers title and is only able to contribute “breakdowns” for this series, with Tom Palmer handling the finishes and ink washes. In most places this isn’t a problem, but there are certainly a few spots where faces look weirdly rendered. Ah well, it’s only the second issue, there’s still time for this series to really come alive. C
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Action Comics #899: With only one issue left to go in Paul Cornell’s Lex Luthor-centric “Black Ring” saga, readers finally learn the power that’s been propelling Luthor’s quest over the past nine months. I can’t help but feel that that revelation comes as a bit of a let-down; it’s a Hush-style reveal which readers probably couldn’t have guessed, and it doesn’t seem especially organic to the story. That said, #899′s as well-written as most Cornell books, and includes a hilarious and amazing battle between Lex Luthor and Brainaic, his would-be ultimate antagonist. Fill-in artist Jesus Merino replaces regular Pete Woods on art here, which is pretty unfortunate given that this is such a crucial issue to the overall story. Though his art’s not bad, Merino doesn’t measure up to Woods when it comes to rendering the main characters of the story. However, he does do a bang-up job with the series’ mystery antagonist, though some credit there must also go to colorist Brad Anderson. Overall, Action #899 is okay, but it takes a few too many strange twists and turns to really satisfy.  B
Review by Rebel Rikki

Secret Avengers #11: This issue picks up immediately after the last arc’s finale, as Steve Rogers and Hack McCoy (the Beast) employ some questionable technology to investigate the mysterious man known as John Steele. Rogers thought Steele to be an ally, but recent events have found him allied with the Avengers’ mystical enemies the Shadow Council. So Beast and Rogers delve into Steele’s brain to get a picture of his life from the inside, a plan which Steele may not be okay with. I absolutely love when Secret Avengers takes this more, pardon the obviousness, secretive tone… less mysticism and more black ops would do this book very well, and I’m pleased to see that’s the focus of this current arc. I’m unfamiliar with fill-in artist Will Conrad, but his work here is top-notch; he brings a serious amount of detail to his characters (check out Beast’s fur) that does series regular Mike Deodato proud.  A
Review by Rebel Rikki

tags: action comics, john romita jr., kick-ass, mark millar, paul cornell, secret avengers

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  • Kyle G.

    I waited for the first Kick-As to be collected, looks like its a good call for the second one.

    Very pleased with Action Comics. I can’t wait to see how this ends and where Luthor ends up.

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