In this post, from Marvel Comics: Kick-Ass 3 #7 and from Image Comics: The Walking Dead #125. Yup, that’s all you get. Deal with it.
Kick-Ass 3 #7 by Mark Millar, illustrated by John Romita, cover by John Romita
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, violence
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
In this penultimate issue in the Kick-Ass series (yes, Mark Millar has confirmed this is the final arc in the tale of Kick-Ass and his sassy gal pal Hit-Girl) things are not looking good for Mindy — who is currently incarcerated — or any other masked vigilantes who are slowly being picked off by the mob, including Dave’s friend Todd who has gone mysteriously missing. Okay, maybe not so mysteriously. Making matters more complicated, Dave has given up the superhero business for now because he’s acquired himself a hot new girlfriend named Valerie and really can’t be bothered with all the masked drama which includes rescuing Mindy from prison as promised. Apparently fear of death does that to a person.
This second to last issue has everything you could want out of your superheroes: a secret underground lair complete with ridiculous vehicles, fights in the rain, crosses and double crosses, crooked cops, a villainous mob boss trying to unite all the mobs on the East Coast and of course catch phrases. “To the Hit-Cave asshole!” Mindy McCeady, you are a national treasure. I cannot wait to see how Mark Millar ends this series, and I’m assuming it’s going to be in a blaze of glory. And blood. So much blood. Now if only the final issue can get published in a more timely manner, that would make me so happy.
The Walking Dead #125 by Robert Kirkman, illustrated by Charlie Adlard, cover by Charlie Adlard
Genre: Fiction, post-apocalyptic, zombies, horror
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS IF YOU’RE NOT CAUGHT UP ON THE WALKING DEAD “ALL OUT WAR” ARC, ESPECIALLY ISSUES #123 and #124.
When we last left Rick Grimes and company, he and the fellow good guys hiding out on the Hilltop were being attacked by mega villain Negan and his band of bad guys known as the Saviors, who ingeniously coated their weapons in zombie goo. Basically so that anyone who gets hit with a sword, arrow, or other object and didn’t die would turn into a zombie and attack the group from the inside out. I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, Negan is the absolute top villain. He doesn’t actually think he’s evil, he just believes he’s doing what’s right for his people and if bad things happen his hand was forced into doing them. Take for example that main character death in issue #100. Totally not Negan’s fault. According to Negan. Also, each issue he gives me hilarious lines like, “But seriously, there’s nothing weird about wanting to piss all over Rick Grimes’ dead bloated body. He ruined everything. Every motherfucking thing. It’d be weird if I didn’t piss all over him.” This is why I love Governor 2.0.
Thankfully, the “good guys” are there to remind people like Negan that in this brave new zombie-filled world that often people are the real villains and to come together and remake society, humanity needs to “remember who the real enemy is.” Sure, it’s a tad sappy and a little predictable, but that’s why everyone’s favorite sad sack, bad ass Comic!Carl is there. As he tells a boy whose father just died from infection, “Someone is going to tell you to get used to this. That feeling of being scared and sad. They’re going to say it’ll be better when you learn to ignore it. Don’t listen to them. Hold onto it, remember it… Don’t let yourself forget it. It’s too easy to lose.” Damn Carl, maybe it’s just your giant gaping eye socket, but you are so much cooler than TV!Carl.