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PREVIEW: 'George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings (Vol. 2)' #10 by George R.R. Martin, Landry Walker, and Mel Rubi

 The tensions between Cersei and Tyrion reach a breaking point as the Queen, convinced that Tyrion will betray her, seizes the woman he believes Tyrion loves. Meanwhile, Catelyn Stark reels at the news that her youngest sons have been betrayed and murdered by a man they had trusted. Prepare yourself for this visual retelling of George R. R. Martin’s stunning epic – A Clash of Kings . George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings (Vol. 2) #10 writers: George R.R. Martin, Landry Walker artist:    Mel Rubi covers: Mike Miller (A)                 Mel Rubi (B)                 Mel Rubi (RI-Virgin)                 Mel Rubi (RI-B/W)                 Mike Miller (RI-Virgin) FC  |  32 pages |  Fantasy/Adventure  | $3.99  |  Mature

REVIEW: 'Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl' #2 by Steve Niles, Marcel Frusin, and Sunny Gho

 Hit-Girl will stop at nothing to destroy the imposter Kick-Ass's gang activity and prevent her from masquerading as Dave Lizewski. And when Mindy's violent hunt leads Patience's gang to turn on her, Kick-Ass will realize that she can't run forever.

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Marcelo Frusin, Sunny Gho
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: December 16, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

The comic book universe of 'Kick-Ass' is an interesting niche all its own. Since its inception by legendary creators Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., 'Kick-Ass' comics were a subversive piece of exploitative superhero satire that coupled its gory with violence with humor. The exploits of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl were light on nuance and heavy on blood and guts. Since the original Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski, retired, Mindy aka Hit-Girl has traveled the world, and military vet Patience Lee has taken up the mantle for Dave. 

The new Kick-Ass series has all the violence without the humor taking a more serious straight-forward approach to the vigilante saga. Patience is tough, resilient, and smart. She takes on the role as a form of survival and a way to bring justice to her town. She encounters drug cartels and the body count is too high to count. This is what you'd expect from a 'Kick-Ass' series. Hit-Girl is as crazy and as psychotic as ever, slicing and dicing the bad guys with reckless abandon. After visiting exotic locales all over the world in a mini-series featuring different creative teams, she's hot on the trail of the Kick-Ass pretender. 

The world of 'Kick-Ass' doesn't ask much of the reader. There are some instances of character development and self-reflection depending on the creative team but for the most part, the comic is one giant Rated R action movie with violence that will make you wince in disgust. So, a series like this is polarizing, you'll either love it or hate it. I love it for what it is. An unapologetic gore-fest dressed up as a vigilante anti-hero comic. I applaud Millar for choosing a black woman to take the reins of Kick-Ass and give her mission some weight and dignity that the original didn't have simply because it was for laughs. I do wish the creative teams behind the comics were more diverse as well. 

Steve Niles finally pits Kick-Ass against Hit-Girl in the showdown we've all been waiting for. It couldn't happen at a worse time as Patience's crew has revolted against her. Marcelo Frusin and Sunny Gho take on the bulk of the story with dynamic action sequences in bold colors. 'Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl' is more of what you expect from this series as Mindy adds to the death count. It's a bloody mess and for fans of the series, they wouldn't want it any other way.