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    KICK-ASS 2 - Mark Millar Romita Jr.

    If Kick-Ass has his superhero team, then the Mother Fucker must have his own super-villain group: the Mega Toxic Cunts! Perhaps the most notable member is Mother Russia, a dangerous and very lethal woman. Together, they attack the secret base of Justice Forever, and they kill Colonel Stripes and smash the whole place.

    Of course, the Mother Fucker doesn’t stop there. His next incursion is a wild explosion of violence. He shoots children in the streets of a peaceful suburb and orders his men to indiscriminately kill as many people as they can, with one goal in mind: breaking and entering into Katie Deuxma’s house. There, he rapes her and asks his men to rape her as well. Having a girl getting ‘gang banged’ was certainly controversial; and surely many readers complained about the level of viciousness. But I consider it a necessary development. Because that’s how we can attest, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Mother Fucker is the coldest and nastiest adversary ever (in the movie “Kick-Ass 2”, the rape scene is replaced by a clever solution. Obviously, unless you are Michael Haneke or Lars Von Trier you can’t get away with something like that, and even if you do, the distributors and the audience might feel uncomfortable).

    However, there is an increase in hostilities. The Mother Fucker has raped Katie because he knows that by doing that he’s hurting Kick-Ass. As Machiavellian as it sounds, he intends to slaughter first the people Dave loves the most and then to kill Dave. After the massacre in the suburbs, the chief of police decides to arrest every person wearing a mask or a cape, and thus just as quickly as it begun, Justice (not so) Forever gets disbanded. When the police officers arrive to Lizewski’s address, Dave’s father decides to give a false confession, and thus the officers believe they’re arresting the real Kick-Ass.

    Dave Lizewski feels awfully guilty about this, but nothing prepares him for what comes next. Following the Mother Fucker’s orders, two criminals kill Dave’s father in jail. This was definitely one of the most shocking moments of the series, and it’s hard for me to forget how I felt when I first read it. Millar did such an amazing work with Kick-Ass that every character mattered. As a reader, you always felt that they were important, special, in a strange way almost as irreplaceable as real people. That’s one of the highest accomplishments of any work of literature: to make us care about fictional people as much as we care for the men or women sitting next to us.

    In the funeral, Mindy –AKA Hit-Girl– finally appears. She has been absent for months, rebuilding her life, trying to have the one thing she could never experience before: a normal childhood. But things are not meant to be nice and easy for Hit-Girl (after all, in the final pages of this volume she’ll be arrested, something that is omitted in the Kick-Ass movie sequel).  

    And then comes the savage confrontation: Mother Fucker versus Kick-Ass, Mother Russia versus Hit-Girl, and the Toxic Mega Cunts versus Justice Forever. Millar has always exceled in the game of violence, he knows just how much blood to pour, how many dismemberments to show and what gruesome deaths are the most spectacular ones. Other writers might try to be violent, but without any substance to support that violence the narrative becomes a hollow artifice. Fortunately, Millar never forgets the story, and he finds the most astounding ways to combine violent sequences with dramatic moments.

    The battle in Times Square is impressive, but of course nothing can be compared to the titanic clash between Hit-Girl and Mother Russia. Nevertheless, Millar reminds us that real violence has real consequences. Dave Lizewski learnt that in the first issue, when he spent months in a hospital recovering from his injuries. Now, when Kick-Ass fights against the Mother Fucker, something unexpected happens. After getting punched in the face, the villain falls off a building. This is a very singular moment and one that expresses the originality of this series. There is hate in the fists of Kick-Ass, after all, his nemesis has raped the girl he adores and murdered his father. He has genuine reasons for wanting to kill the guy responsible for all this. And yet, when he accidentally pushes the Mother Fucker off the building, he feels sick.
    KICK-ASS 2 - Mark Millar Romita Jr.
    Dave's father dies in jail / el padre de Dave muere in prisión

    And after the brutal fall, in a moment of weird tenderness, Chris Genovese, the boy formerly known as Red Mist, asks Dave for help. He has survived the fall, his arms and legs are broken, he’s bleeding profusely, he looks like he will only survive for a few minutes. And he asks Dave for help, he begs Dave to call an ambulance. And how can Dave say no to him? He immediately reaches for his cell phone and dials 911. There is a strange relationship between the hero and the villain, they were the best of friends when they first met, they always shared their passion for comic books even when they chose different paths in life, and now, when they have hurt each other beyond measure, when they have reached that point of agony that goes beyond all forms of pain, they still help each other. Chris promises not to accuse Dave of trying to kill him, and Dave promises him that he’ll survive. I really don’t know how to explain the significance of this moment. Because, against all odds, they both keep their promises. And together they forge an inexorable link, something as irrational as the passion we comic book lovers feel for this art. 
    KICK-ASS 2 - Mark Millar Romita Jr.
    Toxic Mega Cunts / Bastardos Mega Tóxicos 

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    KICK-ASS 2 - Mark Millar Romita Jr.
    Hit-Girl versus Mother Russia

    Si Kick-Ass tiene un equipo de superhéroes, entonces Mother Fucker debe tener su propio grupo de súper-villanos: ¡los Bastardos Mega Tóxicos! Tal vez la integrante más notable es Mother Russia, una mujer peligrosa y letal. Juntos, atacan la base secreta de Justicia Eterna, y matan a Colonel Stripes y destrozan todo el lugar.

    Por supuesto, Mother Fucker no se detiene allí. Su próxima incursión es una explosión salvaje de violencia. Le dispara a niños en las calles de un pacífico suburbio y ordena a sus hombres que maten indiscriminadamente a toda la gente que puedan, con una sola meta: irrumpir en el hogar de Katie Deuxma. Allí, la viola y le pide a sus hombres que también la violen. Esta 'violación en masa' ciertamente fue controversial; y seguramente muchos lectores se quejaron por el nivel de bestialidad. Pero considero que era un desarrollo necesario. Porque de ese modo podemos comprobar, sin duda alguna, que Mother Fucker es un adversario cruel y vengativo (en la película “Kick-Ass 2”, la escena de la violación es reemplazada con una ingeniosa solución. Obviamente, a menos que seas Michael Haneke o Lars Von Trier no puedes salirte con la tuya, e incluso si lo logras, los distribuidores y la audiencia podrían sentirse incómodos).
    KICK-ASS 2 - Mark Millar Romita Jr.
    Dave Lizewski & Chris Genovese

    Sin embargo, hay un incremento en las hostilidades. Mother Fucker ha violado a  Katie porque sabe que al hacerlo le está haciendo daño a Kick-Ass. Por maquiavélico que suene, él intenta matar primero a las personas que más quiere Dave y luego matar a Dave. Después de la masacre en los suburbios, el jefe de la policía decide arrestar a todas las personas que lleven una máscara o una capa, y así tan rápido como empezó, Justician (no tan) Eterna es desarticulada. Cuando los policías llegan a la dirección de Lizewski, el padre de Dave decide dar una falsa confesión, y así los oficiales creen que están arrestando al verdadero Kick-Ass.

    Dave Lizewski se siente terriblemente culpable, pero nada lo prepara para lo que pasa después. Siguiendo las órdenes de Mother Fucker, dos criminales matan al padre de Dave en la cárcel. Definitivamente este fue uno de los momentos que más me impactó, y es difícil olvidar lo que sentí. Millar hizo un trabajo asombroso con Kick-Ass, todos estos personajes tenían valor. Como lector, uno sentía que eran importantes, especiales, y de alguna extraña manera, casi tan irreemplazables como personas reales. Ese es uno de los mayores logros de una obra de literatura: hacernos querer a gente ficticia tanto como queremos a los hombres o mujeres que se sientan a nuestro alrededor.

    En el funeral, Mindy –Hit-Girl– finalmente aparece. Ella había estado ausente por meses, reconstruyendo su vida, intentando tener lo que nunca había experimentado antes: una niñez normal. Pero las cosas no serán agradables ni fáciles para Hit-Girl (después de todo, en las páginas finales de este volumen será arrestada, algo que es omitido en la secuela fílmica de Kick-Ass).  
    KICK-ASS 2 - Mark Millar Romita Jr.
    Hit-Girl is finally captured / Hit-Girl finalmente es capturada

    Y luego viene la brutal confrontación: Mother Fucker versus Kick-Ass, Mother Russia versus Hit-Girl, y los Bastardos Mega Tóxicos versus Justicia Eterna. Millar siempre se ha destacado en el juego de la violencia, sabe cuánta sangre debe ser vertida, cuantos destripamientos deben mostrarse y cuáles son las formas de muerte más espectaculares. Otros escritores pueden tratar de ser violentos, pero sin una sustancia que ofrezca soporte a esa violencia, la narrativa se vuelve un artificio vacío. Afortunadamente, Millar nunca olvida la historia, y encuentra las maneras más asombrosas de combinar secuencias violentas con momentos dramáticos.

    La batalla en Times Square es impresionante, pero por supuesto nada puede compararse al choque titánico entre Hit-Girl y Mother Russia. No obstante, Millar nos recuerda que la violencia real tiene consecuencias. Dave Lizewski lo aprendió en el primer número, cuando pasó meses en un hospital recuperándose de sus heridas. Ahora, cuando Kick-Ass pelea contra Mother Fucker, algo inesperado sucede. Luego de recibir un puñetazo en la cara, el villano se cae de un edificio. Este es un momento muy singular, que expresa la originalidad de esta serie. Hay odio en los puños de Kick-Ass, después de todo, su némesis ha violado a la chica que adora y ha asesinado a su padre. Él tiene razones genuinas para querer matar al sujeto responsable por todo esto. Y sin embargo, cuando empuja accidentalmente a Mother Fucker en el edificio, se siente asqueado.

    Y después de la brutal caída, en un momento de extraña ternura, Chris Genovese, el chico antes conocido como Red Mist, le pide ayuda a Dave. Ha sobrevivido a la caída, sus brazos y piernas están fracturados, está sangrando profusamente, parece que sólo sobrevivirá por unos pocos minutos. Y le pide ayuda a Dave, le ruega que llame a una ambulancia. ¿Y cómo podría Dave decirle que no? De inmediato marca el 911. Existe una extraña relación entre el héroe y el villano, cuando recién se conocieron fueron grandes amigos, siempre compartieron su pasión por los cómics incluso cuando eligieron diferentes caminos en la vida, y ahora, cuando se han hecho daño más allá de toda medida, cuando han alcanzado ese punto de agonía que sobrepasa todas las formas del dolor, aun así se ayudan el uno al otro. Chris le promete a Dave no acusarlo por intento de homicidio, y Dave le promete que sobrevivirá. Realmente no sé cómo explicar lo significativo que es este momento. Porque, contra viento y marea, ambos cumples sus promesas. Y juntos forjan un vínculo inexorable, algo tan irracional como la pasión que todos los amantes del cómic sentimos por este arte.

    Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/10/kick-ass-2-mark-millar-romita-jr.html

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