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Friday, October 5, 2012

Albert Avilla Reviews: Hit-Girl Issue 3

Hit-Girl Issue 3
Marvel Comics

Reviewed by Albert Avilla

Writer: Mark Millar Writer
Breakdowns: John Romita Jr.
Finishes/Ink Washes: Tom Palmer

You would expect the second miniseries to drop off like a second album or the second year of an NFL quarterback, but hell no. Hit Girl is bringing it. This series has the same style and tone of the first series. Merciless, vicious street violence remains the calling card of the series. The blood and gore are not spared; the timid need not read. The realism of the book is uncanny. I'll throw this oxymoron at you; it’s the best example of realistic heroic fantasy that I've read in years.

The Red Mist scene illustrates how Millar reminds us how unfeasible superheroes and supervillians are in the real world. No matter the outcome, Red Mist continues to embrace evil. That kind of evil requires determination. Mindy is blossoming socially; giving a new definition to hanging with your friend. The mob is leaning on Mindy's parents.

A furious finale is in the making; it’s going to hit the fan when the mob kills her mom or step-dad. The ruthless criminals are back; predators waiting for prey to slaughter. Millar continues to leave us with endings that make the months between issues that much longer. Waiting for the next issue is unbearable. Hit Girl falls down a chimney into the criminals' lair. We are left with Hit Girl lying on the floor at the mercy of the drug dealers. It’s on to the next issue.

If anything, I would say that the art is better than in Kick-Ass. It looks cleaner; the lines are smoother. The coloring is visually astounding. The facial expressions reflect what’s going on emotionally with the characters. Time was taken to make the art facilitate the story.

I rate Hit Girl Issue 3 Recommend It to a Friend.

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