Kick-Ass 2: A Very Short Review

By Brenda W. Clough

ka2-hitgirlIn 2010 the movie Kick-Ass won considerable fanboy and critical acclaim. Its appeal was the combination of all the superhero tropes with overwhelming and yet comic-bookish violence.  Which is to say people get bloodily beaten up but then recover pretty quick unless they die. The unquestionable fan-favorite was Hit-Girl, a girl sidekick with a potty mouth, purple bangs, and fantabulous combat skills.

This year the inevitable sequel Kick-Ass 2 is out. As with so many superhero sequels, this just a touch less good, less innovative, less fun.  However, if you adored the first one you surely are not going to miss this, and you will mostly not be disappointed. If I had to put my finger on the most obvious flaw, it is that there is not enough Hit-Girl. None of the other dweeby heroes and villains filling out the slugfests are half as fun as her.

This movie is definitely a lesser work. In comparison the first movie really comes off as a classic.

My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out exclusively from Book View Café.

I also have stories in Book View Café’s two steampunk anthologies, The Shadow Conspiracy and The Shadow Conspiracy II, as well as in BVC’s many other anthologies, including our latest, Beyond Grimm.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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