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Hit-Girl # 3 - Mark Millar

Written by Arion on Sunday, November 18 2012 and posted in Blog

One’s greatest desire is to be desired by the other, said Jacques Lacan once. And although Lacan wasn’t exclusively referring to 12 year-old girls, I think that phrase fits in here quite nicely. As we’ve seen before, Mindy is undefeatable as Hit-Girl, but as a normal child she’s at the mercy of the other: she has no friends at school and she’s humiliated and ridiculed by the ‘cool’ girls. 
Her greatest desired is to be desired by her peers, or rather, to be admired or at least accepted. She has been putting a lot of effort into it. Taking this challenge as an undercover mission, she has learned everything she needed about clothing, TV series and Justin Bieber. She’s ready to be a normal girl, however she finds that her main rival is merciless. Mockeries about her look are now replaced by mockeries about how she’s so desperately trying to change her appearance. One way or another, Mindy can’t win. Her desire of being desired cannot be fulfilled.

So the question is how far would you -or any of us for that matter- go to gain acceptance? Mindy has lost her patience, and finally she decides to be a little bit more Hit-Girl and a little less girlish about this situation. She electrocutes her rival, ties her up and throws her on a garbage truck. And to top it all, she makes one final warning: she is to be accepted now, she is to become the alpha female, she is, in the end, to be desired by all the cool girls in her class. Apparently, her gambit has paid off.
Hit-Girl # 3 - Mark Millar
Red Mist in trouble / Red Mist en problemas

Meanwhile, Red Mist has other concerns in his head. First of all, he wants to avenge his father’s death by killing Kick-Ass. However, it becomes painfully obvious that he’s not up to the task yet. He barely survives his first major criminal strike -robbing a grocery store- and he’s forced to leave the country or face the consequences of his delinquent acts. His idea is to imitate Bruce Wayne, to travel around the world and train with the greatest martial artists. By seeking revenge he’s also looking the approval of his father, something which he never obtained when the man was alive. His desire, as a neglected son, is also to be desired by the other.

As in previous issues, John Romita Jr. succeeds in creating the adequate atmosphere for this Kick-Ass spinoff. Certainly, the distinctive style of Romita’s pencils generates a much welcomed sense of unity, filling in the gaps that we might have detected from the end of Kick-Ass volume 1 and the beginning of Kick-Ass volume 2. I should also emphasize the visual strength of Tom Palmer as an inker and the delightful color palette used by Dean White. With only two issues to go it’ll be a surprise to see what happens in the end.

Hit-Girl # 3 - Mark Millar
Mindy (Hit-Girl)
El mayor deseo de uno es ser el objeto de deseo del otro, dijo Jacques Lacan alguna vez. Y aunque Lacan no se refería de modo exclusivo a niñas de 12 años, pienso que esa frase encaja aquí bastante bien. Como hemos visto antes, Mindy es invencible como Hit-Girl, pero como una chica normal está a merced del otro: no tiene amigos en el colegio y es humillada y ridiculizada por las chicas 'populares'.

Su mayor deseo es ser deseada por sus coetáneas, o más bien, ser admirada o por lo menos aceptada. Y ha estado esforzándose mucho para lograrlo. Asumiendo este reto como una misión de inteligencia, ella ha aprendido todo lo que hace falta sobre ropa, series de televisión y Justin Bieber. Está lista para ser una chica normal, sin embargo descubre que su principal rival es despiadada. Las burlas sobre su apariencia son ahora reemplazadas por burlas sobre su desesperado intento por cambiar de apariencia. De un modo u otro, Mindy no puede ganar. Su deseo de ser deseada no puede cumplirse.

Así que la pregunta es, ¿qué tan lejos irías -o iríamos en todo caso- para ganar aceptación? Mindy ha perdido la paciencia, y finalmente decide ser un poco más Hit-Girl y un poco menos niña. Electrocuta a su rival, la amarra y la tira en un camión de basura. Además, le hace una advertencia final: a partir de ahora ella será aceptada, se convertirá en la hembra alfa, ella será, al final, deseada por todas las chicas populares de su salón. Aparentemente, su ardid ha dado resultados.

Hit-Girl # 3 - Mark Millar
my drawing / mi dibujo
Mientras tanto, Red Mist tiene otras preocupaciones en su cabeza. Primero, quiere vengar la muerte de su padre y matar a Kick-Ass. Sin embargo, comprueba dolorosamente que todavía no está listo para esa tarea. Él apenas sobrevive su primer gran golpe criminal -asaltar una bodeguita- y es obligado a abandonar el país o enfrentar las consecuencias de sus actos delictivos. Su idea es imitar a Bruce Wayne, viajar por todo el mundo y entrenarse con los mayores expertos en artes marciales. Al buscar venganza también está buscando la aprobación de su padre, algo que nunca obtuvo cuando el hombre estaba vivo. Su deseo, como hijo abandonado, es también ser deseado por el otro.
Al igual que en números anteriores, John Romita Jr. crea con éxito una atmósfera adecuada para este serie derivada de Kick-Ass. Ciertamente, el estilo distintivo de los lápices de Romita genera una bienvenida sensación de unidad, llenando los vacíos que podríamos haber detectado entre el final del volumen 1 y el comienzo del volumen 2 de Kick-Ass. También debería enfatizar la fortaleza visual de Tom Palmer como entintador y la deliciosa paleta de colores usada por Dean White. Sólo faltan dos números para que termine todo, y será una sorpresa ver qué pasa al final.  

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