BAD ASS #1 Review

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Bad Ass #1 gives us Dead End: part Deadpool, part Bullseye, all asshole. Does this first of a four issue limited series need to be read?

Here’s the official description from Dynamite Entertainment:

If Kick-Ass and Deadpool had a baby, it would be Bad Ass! The only difference being that Dead End is a villain through and through with no intentions of serving anyone. What makes Dead End so great is his self-aware humor and biting sarcasm- the mark of a true evil genius. Hard to hate and even harder to kill, Dead End is an eloquent psychopath who fights for something better than justice: himself.

Bad Ass 1_CThe first issue of Bad Ass gives us a look back into the life of Dead End, showing us how such a miserable prick came to be, while also giving us a look at the extremely strangely populated criminal underworld of which he is a part.

Writer Herik Hanna has put together a Frankenstein’s monster of a protagonist in Dead End and frankly, I’m not sure after reading one issue if I like him or not. That’s problematic when determining if I’d keep picking up the issues to read the series. Dead End is, in a lot of ways, an Everyman of 2014. He hates the world around him and the people in it. He fantasizes about killing them. Then he becomes a comic book character and does so by setting up a Final Destination style chain of events set off by flipping a coin or tossing a cigarette. The story is meant to be over the top: he fights a “trannie” dragon and gets attacked by a character named Amadeus Kitty.

While I’m on the fence about the story, Bruno Bessadi’s artwork left me with no questions or issues. The cat can draw and given the weird stuff he had to illustrate in some instances, I’d say we’re looking at a very talented artist. I’m not exaggerating when I say that of the slew of books I’ve read this week, Bessadi’s art stands out as the best.

A book for Mature Audiences only, Bad Ass #1 is probably a lot of peoples’ cup of tea, but I can’t decide if it’s mine.

3/5

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