Published on February 13th, 2019 | by Dan Lix
Kick-Ass #12 Review
Summary: In this thrilling conclusion, Patience faces off against her most challenging nemesis yet.
Things aren’t looking so hot for Patience Lee. Just when she thought she had Santos cornered, she realizes she’s walked straight into a trap. Her men are dead and she’s all alone. Kick-Ass #12, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Marcelo Frusin begins with Patience facing off against Santos and Wallace. Not to mention Violencia—who looks like he’s just walked out of a comic book convention with first prize for his Juggernaut cosplay. Armed with only her wits and green and yellow spandex, Patience needs to find a way out of this situation. If not for her own sake, then for the sake of her family and children.
Right from the start, this issue is all about tension and action. Patience has never faced an enemy like this before, and it shows. She’s outmatched, and realizes right away that Violencia isn’t someone she can take down with punches, kicks, or even firearms alone. Her inner monologue overlaid with the action gives us important glimpses into her struggle. While she seems almost resigned to death at points, she realizes that if she dies here it’s not just herself that she’s affecting, but everyone around her.
Her battle with Violencia and Santos has been inevitable for awhile now, and it’s satisfying to see things finally brought to fruition. If you’re into video games, the fight between Patience and Violencia has a very ‘final boss’ feel to it, right down to mechanics. Violencia is a fitting villain for Patience to face. Much like Patience has become a superhero of sorts (well… more like a crime boss. Anti-hero?), Violencia is a super villain in his own right, and he was basically created through her actions.
Marcelo Frusin and Sunny Gho do an amazing job of bringing this conflict to life. The shading is dramatic and the action is intense. Violencia’s blows land with such impact that you can almost feel Patience’s ribs cracking as she’s knocked around. Characters are expressive and lend real humanity to the unfolding drama.
This issue wraps up the current story arc and brings about a satisfying conclusion. Doing my best not to spoil anything here, but the way things end hints at things coming in the next issue which may further complicate Patience’s efforts to lead a dual life. All in all, this book was filled with intense action that reeled me in and kept me hooked! Great ending, and I’m looking forward to the start of the next arc!