John Romita Jr.

Is ‘Kick-Ass 3’ Happening Or Not?


I loved the first ‘Kick-Ass,’ but found it exceptionally violent. It’s a pretty brutal and honest display of how it would really go down for a schmoe playing vigilante in the real world. When the sequel rolled around, we saw a more polished and experienced fighter at the point, which was a relief not having to see the hero get beat up as often. There was a funky Justice League vs. Legion Of Doom thing happening that appealed to me despite the sudden air of implausibility the movie took on. Unlike the first film, nobody would call this one a “success,” and one has to wonder if there’s even a call for a part 3. In the comic, the trilogy is wrapped. Do the creators of this universe have any secrets to tell about on-screen closure? (more…)


Last June, actor Jim Carrey ruffled more than a few feathers when he took an active stance against the gratuitous violence in the film Kick Ass 2–the second film adaptation of the equally violent comic book series created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.

As a noted anti-gun advocate, this is hardly surprising. The “feather ruffling” comes in when you consider that the film Carrey decried so vocally is a film he co-starred in, and much of the very violence he spoke out against was perpetrated by the character he portrayed.

Follow the jump for what Kick Ass co-creator John Romita, Jr. thinks of Jim Carrey’s “activism”:  (more…)

The little bitch is back, as the series’ tagline says. In a series all her own, Hit-Girl takes places between the events of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, which is nice because even if you’re some slacker who’s only seen the movie, you’ll be able to follow along. Of course, I wouldn’t let little Mindy McCready know you haven’t read Kick-Ass. She’d call you a cunt and stab you through the groin. Hmm, y’know what, how about you just save yourself the grief and read Kick-Ass.

Anyway, here we’ve got a six page preview courtesy of Comic Book Resources. In addition to the preview pages there are also a few variant covers. My favorite is Mindy seated on her own Iron Throne (seen above), and I would kill to own a copy. If you happen to run into me a comic book store, and you have this special variant cover and I don’t, prepare to duel to the death.  Which do you like best?

Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked series by the sales-busting creative team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. This story takes place between Kick-Ass volumes 1 and 2 as Mindy McCready tries to settle into life as a regular school-girl, but wants nothing more to be dispensing hot justice to the scum of New York City. Her mother and step-father think she’s doing her homework, but in reality she’s taken Kick-Ass on as her sidekick and training him up to punch, shoot and stab… just like Daddy would have wanted. A limited edition variant by Leandro Fernandez will be released for this issue.

Hit-Girl #1 hits a comic shop near you June 27th.

COMICS REVIEW: ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ #5

The Marvel “architects” that masterminded Avengers vs. X-Men have been promising for a while now that they’ll deliver us big, unpredictable things in this story, and with the first third of this 12-part event complete, it’s about time they started delivering. By the end of Round 5, the story has taken a new shape, the stakes have been raised, and it’s confirmed for all of us that this is most definitely not just a Civil War rehash.


Comics Review: ‘AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4’

Last week Avengers vs. X-Men stepped away from being a simple battleground and became a kind of quest story. This week that quest continues, and the Marvel architects face the challenge of keeping us hooked on their story without relying on superhero vs. superhero spectacle. With heroes on both sides scattered, and the tale shifting from slaughter to search, can Avengers vs. X-Men stay strong as it moves beyond the simple premise its title implies?


In the midst of his world record signing session in Vegas, John Romita Jr., the illustrator of the Kick Ass comic books, was asked about the current state of Kick Ass 2.

Instead of just toying with people and giving a half-assed answer or cracking a cheap joke, Romita gave an answer that everyone wanted to hear. According to him, production on the sequel is not only ready to go, but shooting is set to begin as early as this summer – right on time for a release date next May. As an added bonus, John even alluded to an animated sequence for the film, but the details are still fuzzy at this time.

Now… this all sounds fantastic because Romita is an outstanding artist, but fans are slightly worried about the leading lady, Chloe Mortez and her role in the upcoming film. Since director Matthew Vaughn has stepped back to co-write and produce, a new director may not be the only thing we see next May.

With Moretz about to start shooting the Carrie remake at the start of June as well as Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, it seems unlikely that she’d return as Hit-Girl. She was 11 years old at the time of the first film, and Chloe has since grown out of her weapon-laced super suit and into a more mature young lady. So it’s entirely possible that the studio may cast someone else to play Hit-Girl.

What do you think? Should Moretz step aside and allow a new youngin to take on the mantel of Hit-Girl or should the studio allow for an older looking heroine?

Source: Bleeding Cool

REVIEW: ‘Avengers vs. X-Men #3’

At some point Marvel was going to have to address how exactly Avengers vs. X-Men isn’t just another Civil War, and they were going to have to do it in a way that wasn’t just a self-assured press release. The only way they’re really going to convince us that they’ve done something new here is to do their convincing in-story. I’ve been pleased with the story so far, but Avengers vs. X-Men #3 is where the event really starts to become something more than a superhero vs. superhero bloodfest. It’s an important turning point, but does it pay off?


REVIEW: Avengers vs. X-Men #2


“Wow. Avengers vs. X-Men. So this is really happening.” – Spider-Man

Yes it is. After a prelude and a first issue that was basically just more prelude, the much-hyped battle between the Avengers and the X-Men has finally come to blows. Cyclops threw down the gauntlet last issue and now the two greatest superteams in the Marvel Universe have stopped talking and started punching. So how does this action-heavy issue stand up to all those high expectations?


REVIEW: Avengers vs. X-Men #1

So, last week we established that Avengers vs. X-Men #0 was good enough to be approached without cynicism. Not a masterpiece, but a solid, stylish prelude to an event book. But now we’ve reached the moment of truth for the event itself. No more preludes, no more teases, no more promos. It’s Avengers vs. X-Men time.