Kick Ass is the story of a guy who wants to be more than he is. Dave is tired of his life and decides he is going to be a superhero like the people in his comics. He puts on the suit and goes out to fight crime. Then he gets his ass kicked repeatedly. One night he is in over his head and Big Daddy and Hit Girl show up and slaughter ensues. BD and HG are superheroes like KA, but they are a lot more violent. Instead of reasoning with people or getting them to stop their behavior, BD and HG just kill them. Their backstory is that BD was a cop and the mob killed his wife. He decides to go after them and trains his 10-year-old daughter HG to be a killing machine. They decide to team up and go after the head of the mob with the help of another superhero Red Mist. Of course Red Mist betrays them and more killing and torture ensue.
This is a very violent book. The killing is graphic and seems to be there for the sake of violence. Big Daddy and Hit Girl seem to enjoy their killing sprees and are as far from superheroes and they can get. Kick Ass wants to be a superhero so he can get the girl of his dreams, be more popular and have a ton of friends on myspace. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of redeeming qualities in any of these characters. However, if you don’t think about that fact, the book is entertaining.