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Mark Millar Endorses Josh Trank’s "Fantastic Four"

Wed, January 21st
By TJ Dietsch

The comics writer and Fox creative consultant praises the director, "what he’s going to do is unlike what I think anybody would anticipate."

COMIC REEL: Toy Teases Possibility Of Gray Hulk In "Age Of Ultron"; Bendis Pushes "Powers" On "Late Night"

Wed, January 21st
By Brett White

The "Savage Hulk" Funko figure may be a nod to "Ultron's" plot; a clip from the upcoming PlayStation series emerges and more.

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REVIEW: Millar and Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #5 is "a Complete Stunner"

Mon, January 19th
By Matt Little

COMIC REEL: The "Fearsome" Dr. Crane Arrives In "Gotham"; "Daredevil" Teases Nelson & Murdock

Wed, January 14th
By Brett White

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Millar & Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #5

Tue, January 13th
By CBR News Team

Vaughn Says People Have "Had Enough" Of Nolan's Superhero Style

Mon, January 5th
By Brett White

REVIEW: "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is a Summer Movie for Winter Audiences

Tue, December 30th
By Brett White

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" Red Band Trailer Shows There's A Lot To Lose

Wed, December 10th
By Brett White

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" Debuts Posters, New Trailer

Wed, November 26th
By Stephen Gerding

Long-Discussed "Wanted" Sequel Is 'Coming Along,' Producer Promises

Mon, November 24th
By TJ Dietsch

COMIC REEL: New Pics, Video Tease "Flash"/"Arrow" Event; Marin Ireland Rumored For "Jessica Jones"

Thu, November 20th
By Brett White

Millar Maps Out His & Murphy's Time Travel Itinerary in "Chrononauts"

Thu, November 13th
By Kiel Phegley

Millar, Murphy Launch "Chrononauts" at Image

Thu, November 13th
By Stephen Gerding

Upcoming Comics-Based Movies: The Full Schedule

Fri, October 31st
By Albert Ching

REVIEW: Millar & Parlov's "Starlight" #6

Mon, October 27th
By Kelly Thompson

Marvel, McNiven Tease "Old Man Logan" Return

Wed, October 22nd
By Stephen Gerding

EXCLUSIVE: Millar Expands "Jupiter's Legacy" World with Prequel Series

Mon, October 20th
By Stephen Gerding

PREVIEW: Millar & Parlov's Space Epic Concludes in "Starlight" #6

Fri, October 17th
By CBR News Team

What 'Huge' Project is Mark Millar Teasing?

Thu, October 16th
By Kevin Melrose

CBR TV: Gibbons on the "Kingsman: Secret Service" Movie & "Watchmen's" Legacy

Fri, October 3rd
By Jonah Weiland

Biography

Kick-Ass

Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr's “Kick Ass” #1 was published February, 2008 under Marvel Comics’ Icon imprint and caught the industry by storm with its fresh approach and irreverent story-telling. “Kick Ass” tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a New York City high-schooler raised by a single parent. If it sounds like the set-up for Spider-Man, you're on the right track. If you're expecting a radioactive spider and 1960s angst, you're way off base; this isn't your grandfather's super-hero.

Daniel, a comic book fan, decides to live the dream, dressing up in a home-made costume and wearing it under his clothes just like a super-hero, which he uses to exercise and practice roof-top navigation. In every other spandex comic, this might have been the path to greatness, but all great heroes need tragedy – but what happens next was not what any of us were expecting.

Daniel, donning his costume, finds some muggers to battle and ends up stabbed, beaten, and hit by a car! In the aftermath, he ditches his costume and leaves before help arrives. At home he tells his father he was mugged and goes into the hospital for a series of operations and physical therapy. This might be all the lesson anyone would need in the hazards of crime fighting, but as soon as Daniel is on his feet, he returns to the streets. When Daniel saves a man from a mugging and the scene is caught on video and then promptly uploaded to the internet, Daniel is christened “Kick Ass” and becomes a media sensation.

Where’s the teen-aged angst? Well, have no fear, in the finest traditions of high-school heroes, “Kick Ass” has plenty, as Daniel’s constant bruises start rumors that he is a gay prostitute, the girl he is in love with decides he’s a great best-gay-friend, and his father gives him a can of mace to defend himself from his frequent muggings! None of this will deter our hero, as Kick Ass opens a MySpace account and begins fielding requests for super-heroics. It’s one such request that leads him to encounter Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, a father and daughter pair of vigilantes that targets the mob. While Daniel is a rookie at super-heroics, this dynamic duo are a lethal combination that really strike fear into the hearts of evil-doers.

While we’d love to tell you what comes next, we’d hate to spoil the plot of Lionsgate’s “Kick Ass” film which lands in theaters March 12th 2010 with Nicholas Cage as Big Daddy, Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl, Aaron Johnson as Kick Ass and directed by Matthew Vaughn! - Brian Eason

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