Synopsis: Kick-Ass has wiped out Hoops Lucero and seized control of his criminal operations, but Violencia’s set to bust out of jail and get his bloody revenge on our favorite superhero.
Review: The new team of writer Steve Niles and Artist Marcello Frusin take over the storytelling duties for a new story arc, which sees Patience having to juggle her role of a working mum and student with her Kick-Ass activities.
Picking things up from where Mark Millar left off. Patience in the guise of Kick-Ass has essentially taken over several crime syndicates and is using her newfound position to take down the remaining criminal organizations in her city.
Taking on these responsibilities means that Kick-Ass has made a lot of enemies and one of these is crime boss Santos who has a trick or two up his sleeve when it comes to not going down easily.
Steve Niles does a pretty decent job of taking over writing duties from Millar and gives us the beginnings of a new story in which Patience is still trying to juggle things with regards to her double life as a working mum by day and vigilante crime fighter by night. I really felt the scene in which Patience is talking to her sister and offering advice was well presented and gave us the more human side to Patience’s character. I also like the reveal that she only takes $800 from the proceeds of her new, but uncomfortable role of a crime boss.
The issue closes with an exciting cliffhanger, which will most likely keep fans invested.
The art from Marcello Frusin is well drawn and transitions pretty smoothly from the previous artist. I liked Frusin’s take on the action beats and the final few panels in which we see Kick-Ass pretty much looking for escape is really well done. I’m not exactly blown away yet, but I do have a feeling that some really big things are just around the corner from Frusin’s work. I got the impression he was pretty much holding back a little in this issue.