100 All-Time Greatest Comics… Improved: Part IX

Cutting it pretty fine today… but here we go! It’s a controversial one this week…



Hey, I said it’d be controversial.

Now, let’s get one thing straight: Kick-Ass is a damn good slam-bang, fun, gory deconstruction of the “costumed vigilante” subgenre in comics and… the movie’s better. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth of the matter.

The more I keep doing this series, the more I find myself frustrated. Part of being a writer is finding new and original ways to put my opinion across. However, with far too many of these posts I find myself coming up across the same phrase: “It’s good, but it’s not great”.

If Imagine Publishing had simply named their “bookazine” (who thought that was a good name for anything?) something like 100 Comics To Read or something equally inoffensive, then frankly I wouldn’t have wasted any energy on this pointless endeavour.

I mean, if you’re going to pick a Mark Millar comic that Hollywood’s taken a shine to…

The Replacement… Starlight


… at least pick the right one.

In a way, Starlight is the mirror image to Kick-Ass. Whereas Dave Lizewski is an awkward young man trying to find his place in the world by trying to be unique, Duke McQueen is a man who dominates every page, but is now unique in his hometown for all the wrong reasons.

McQueen saved an entire galaxy, but is now derided as a crazy old man, shunned by his neighbours and politely ignored by his family. But after the death of his loving wife, he gets the chance to be a hero again. This is space opera through a post-modern lens, but the whole thing has a lot of heart.

Goran Parlov has never drawn anything quite as gripping and enchanting, and Millar has never written anything with quite as much wit and love. I was mildly interested when the Kick-Ass movie was announced, bu the Starlight movie announcement fills me with worry, and the hope that they don’t change a thing.


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