Kick-Ass - Mark Millar, John Romita Jr., Rob Liefeld Kick-ass is the first graphic novel I've read from Mark Miller and it certainly won't be the last, the story flows majestically and the pace at times is frantic. Extremely violent, full of blood and gore with some spectacular kill shots amid a multitude of weaponry. The artwork is impressive, kick-ass receives a variety of beatings leading to a brutal torture scene involving electricity and our protagonists testicles, but the star is undoubtedly hit girl. Just when you think she's down from multiple gunshots, she comes back with samurai swords in hand to cut off numerous body parts until she spectacularly dispatches the mob boss as the final target.
There is a degree of sadness centred around hit girls upbringing and the violent demise of her father big daddy but the contrast between her innocence and her explosive violence is very powerful and the stand out feature of the story.