There are few girls in comics, or anywhere really, anything like the hard-shelled Mindy McCready. This brand spankin new mini series of Mark Millar and his co-creator John Romita Jr takes place between the hit series Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. Hit-Girl fills the gap of time between the two volumes while spotlighting our main heroine and getting a better glimpse inside her head. In fact that seems to be the primary point of the miniseries. The plot line itself revolves around the formation of Red Mists’s gang. But, considering we already know what happens there, this is an opportunity to get to know Mindy and what makes her tick.
The story starts off with some thugs beating up on a real-life (second rate) superhero. They want to know the identity of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl and where they can find them. The exchange is bothersome … in a good way. This series has never shied away from violence or foul language. It wouldn’t be itself if it did. While other smaller comic series such as this seem to go overboard, using violence and language for shock value, the Kick-Ass comics always just makes it feel like part of the culture of the book and if it shocks, then it shocks.
After this prologue we see Mindy living her life as a normal girl, and sucking at it. She has no idea how to fit in at school. She is mocked and teased and lacks the ability to adapt for survival in this new environment. The only thing that brings a smile to her face is the idea that she gets to go out as Hit-Girl again very soon in order to shut down Ralphie Genovese’s growing influence. Ralphie is the brother of Kick-Ass villain John Genovese and the uncle to Chris Genovese. The plot thickens as Chris enters the scene. He has no loyalty towards his uncle. In fact he’s ready to take down the sonofabitch himself if he gets the chance. But first thing’s first – kill Hit-Girl.
What I can’t infuse into this review is the amount of personality throughout this entire series that is still present in Hit-Girl. While Kick-Ass 1 and 2 are way more over the top than this first issue of Mindy’s story, it still successfully delivered the feel of the Kick-Ass franchise. I am glad to see Miller toning it down just a bit in order for us to get to know this infamous character. Additionally, I was glad to see the story step back to a level where new readers would be able to pick up the plot quickly and easily with minimal confusion. This kind of miniseries adds to the quality of the overarching series for loyal fans as well as acts as a taste-test for new readers.