Comixology recently had a sale to celebrate the release of Kick-Ass 2 in the theaters: digital copies of each issue of Kick-Ass for 99 cents each. Of course, I downloaded the entire series. It took me a little while, but I finally got around to reading the first one.
The main character, Dave Lizewski, is your average teenage boy. Nothing special about him, he’s just average. He describes himself as follows:
I wouldn’t say I was the class jock, but it would be wrong to say I was the class geek either. I wasn’t the class clown or the class genius or the class anything, really. Like most people my age, I merely existed.
He decides that he wants to become a real-life superhero. Like every teenage boy, it’s a typical fantasy. I had the same fantasy when I was young. But Dave has a thought that would strike a nerve with many adults who passed up on their dreams for the false sense of security that comes with taking your place among the rank and file of the corporate workforce.
Why train for years to do a job you bitched about all day? Didn’t it make more sense to follow your dreams and maybe do a little good at the same time?
I am grateful that I get to do what I love. I write for a living and I have plenty of free time to play music. Many people don’t have those blessings, and I remember how it feels to be stuck in a job that you hate. In the past I dressed in suits and ties, went to an office from 8:30 until 5:30, and had to suck up to people I couldn’t stand. Anyone who was ever in that situation knows the feeling of wishing they could do something more meaningful, something fulfilling that made a difference in the world.
So what is it that pushes Dave to the point where he puts on a mask and sets his life moving in a new direction? “Just the perfect combination of loneliness and despair.” A person must hit bottom before that person becomes desperate enough to make a radical life change. Again, I’ve been there before and I can totally relate to the feelings expressed.
To sum up, I really loved the first issue and am eager to read the next seven. I’m also itching to see the new film. I’ll probably do that this weekend.