Book Review: Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie

Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie

It's a really good book for those who want to find out how the comic became the movie, in such a short time. It's loaded with commentary from Mark Millar, artist John Romita Jr., director Matthew Vaughn, the actors and production crew. They go on about the characters, casting and story and the funny incidents that happen during production, like Hit-Girl losing her teeth, or making weapons using stuff bought online.

High resolution film stills, set photos, comic panels and other production art fill the pages. Some of the pictures are so huge you can see the pores on the skin. There are also additional art drawn for the movie, like the drawings of villains by Nicolas Cage. Most of the blood in the book actually come from the comic panels. I haven't read the comics but the beautiful comic drawings entices me to check them out.

Note that there might be a bit of spoiler revealed but not really a big deal.

Slapped on the back cover is a parental advisory label warning of explicit content. Some of the funny quotes happen to be vulgar ones — delivered by a kid no less — and there are some nudity (small stills) as well. This book, just like the movie, is for the mature audience.

This book is an entertaining blend of outrageous fun and the mundane.

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