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Kick-Ass 3 #8 Review

5

This is the end. For real. Get ready to say goodbye.

The Good

Ah, Kick-Ass. I still remember reading the very first issue back in 2008. Dave and the other characters have gone through a lot since then. It's almost hard to believe that this is the end.

The series has had some high points and lows. We've had an abundance of violence, profanity, and foul situations. Mark Millar has never shied away from taking things to extreme levels. But that doesn't mean it's all been about gratuitous violence. Millar has given us a story and we've seen the characters evolve. In this volume alone, Dave is seen going through changes. He's still Kick-Ass but he's found other activities (a girlfriend) to keep him occupied. This, of course, could cause problems in the end. Hit-Girl has also had to evolve some herself. Spending time in prison didn't bring her down, it made her even tougher, as hard as that is to believe (she was pretty over the top in terms of fighting ability to begin with).

As the series and this volume races to its conclusion, we've seen a big set up for this final confrontation. Because it's the end, there's that big feeling of not knowing what's coming. Since it's a Mark Millar story, you know no one is safe. It's an action-packed issue and you'll almost find yourself feeling a little sick in the pit of your stomach because you don't want to see anything to happen to Mindy or Dave. But with everything that has happened, do you think we'd have the characters ride off into the sunset?

John Romita Jr's pencils with Tom Palmer's inks and washes are exactly what you've come to expect and love in this series. I couldn't imagine this series without them. Dean White and Michael Kelleher's colors give the series the right amount of spice. This issue might have a lot of action and violence, but there's still some quiet moments where we can see some normal situations.

How is this ending for the entire series? It works wonderfully. Millar brings an end to certain things but you'll feel satisfied. One might ask, why does there have to be an end? As fans, we don't want to see the end of the characters. It does make sense for their story to end. This isn't a regular comic book world. Sometimes having a story reach an end is rewarding. Sometimes saying goodbye feels okay. I was a little unsure of Dave's fate at the end, but giving it some thought, it does seem fitting.

The Bad

I've gone back and forth over the main nemesis of this arc. Looking at the big picture, it's good to have some variations within the different volumes. The final confrontation is pretty epic but a part of me wanted a tiny bit more.

The Verdict

It's hard to believe we've been reading KICK-ASS for only six years. It's harder to believe that this is the final issue. We've seen the characters come a long way. Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl have grown. They've suffered many losses and it looks like they can final get some peace. It's hard saying goodbye to characters and seeing a series end. I wasn't quite sure where the series would go when I read the first issue. It's been a blast seeing the characters grow through their highs and lows. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr give us a great ending. It's been a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end.

28 Comments
Posted by dotwilson

the anticipation is killing me

Posted by AllStarSuperman

the anticipation is killing me

This so much. I am beyond excited. I am making a special trip to town just to get it.

Posted by micah

Great review. I could feel the emotion you put into this one, so sad it's ending.

Posted by MegaHGFan

I'm glad that the final issue is an epic end, but I'm a little nervous about what the fate of Dave and Mindy will be.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Hit Girl dies, I'm calling it

Posted by G-Man

@micah: I actually sat on parts of this for a while. Not quite left speechless but I wanted to find the right words.

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Posted by micah

@g_man said:

@micah: I actually sat on parts of this for a while. Not quite left speechless but I wanted to find the right words.

I hear you, great job.

Posted by Ostyo
Posted by AllStarSuperman

@ostyo said:

@allstarsuperman: Special trip? You a mountain man or something?

Pretty close lol. I live in the country and the nearest comic shop is 30 miles away

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Sweet. Can't wait to read this.

Edited by Zumafire

I'm calling it - - - - There will be another spin-off..

in the mean time though

Can't wait to read this.

Edited by Xaos

I'm happy that Kick-ass end, because it was so good, and I couldn't bear to watch it fall into mediocrity like so many comics.

Posted by jaycanny

The ending was quite interesting and clever. One thing stuck out:

They never said what happened to Katie. Is she still in a coma or recovering? They mention everyone else in the cast lineup but not Katie. They made a big deal about how she suffered in KA2, but in KA3 she doesn't exist. I also wonder if there will be a KA3 and if so, will they have Lyndsey Fonseca play Valerie or if the Katie and Valerie characters will merge together.

Posted by Ando123

Awesome ending really hopeful thanks Mr Millar looking forward to read more Millarworld Universe titles

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Simply amazing. This ending honestly rivals allstar supermans end.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

@jaycanny: I think Millar came to regret that desision and chose to ignore it.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Simply amazing. This ending honestly rivals allstar supermans end.

Fo' real?

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@dagmar_merrill: are you Kick Ass fan? Its the best ending you could ever imagine. Everything just makes sense. Everything fits. Ahh. I love it so much. And while its the end of Kickass' story. Its the true beginning of the Millarworld.

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

kept playing in my head when i was reading the epilogue, the page with bird man.

(i do prefer the comics over the movie because here dave went through a lot more, and it felt more real. And im also really glad that this wasnt as sick as the second volume)

Posted by waezi2

@jaycanny: I think Millar came to regret that desision and chose to ignore it.

Millar ignore allot of stuff.

Just saying.

... Aaaaand, I actually liked the end of the series. THERE, I admitted it!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@waezi2: what else did he ignore? And cool.

Posted by waezi2

@allstarsuperman: Well, take the opening to KA2, it's full of stuff that's ignored.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@waezi2: true. I always notice that. I want to know what the original story was

Edited by waezi2

@allstarsuperman: Also, his identity sill being a secret in KA3? Pretty sure that was retcon.

Edited by AllStarSuperman
Posted by waezi2
Posted by AllStarSuperman
Posted by Ando123

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