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Artistic License: New Magazine Premieres Kick-Ass Comic Sequel

New publication from Titan Magazines is geared for adults … mostly men


Warning! The magazine I am about to review is definitely for adults only. It contains adult language and situations, violence and some nudity.

Fans of the recent hit movie Kick-Ass and the comic upon which it was based have reason to be excited. The sequel comic, Kick-Ass 2 has started, with part one. Where you find it, however, is in a new magazine called Clint.

(Editor’s note: Titan Magazines spells the magazine’s name as CLiNT. However, Airlock Alpha follows Associated Press style, and does not use all-caps (or mostly all-caps) except under specific circumstances, which this title does not seem to fall under)

Released last month in the United Kingdom, Clint hits stands here this week. The magazine, from Titan Magazines, includes five comics and several other articles, and a couple of contests. Comic legend Mark Millar is the editor, which should mean a quality product.

Four of the comics are first installments of ongoing stories. The magazine leads with Kick-Ass 2 as it is likely to be the primary draw for the issue. It is somewhat short, only eight pages, and starts with Mindy and Dave training at the gym. It looks as if the focus will be on Mindy and her adjusting to a regular life with her family. It looks good so far, but being so short, it is hard to tell.

Turf chapter one is a story about the mob and vampires during the time of prohibition. There are also aliens involved, as seen at the end of the chapter. It appears that they will play a bigger part later in the story. This chapter is 26 pages, and seems to have a strong plot regarding a family of vampires moving in to take over New York and the club scene. It is a good story, especially if you like period pieces. However, readers should be aware that this is a very mature story, with quite a bit of adult language.

The next comic is Rex Royd chapter one. Of the comics, this is the one I liked the least. The story was hard to follow, to the point that I find it hard to describe. There was quite a bit of adult language, and it seemed to be overkill. There also seemed to be too much focus on sex and drugs.

I was the most impressed with the last major comic in the issue, Nemesis chapter one. It is about a super villain who focuses on killing well known, successful police officers around the world. After a killing in Tokyo, he decides to take out the top policeman in Washington, D.C. and makes his grand entrance taking down Air Force One and kidnapping the President.

There is one more comic, a three-page short called Space Oddities that is better seen than described. It is cute, and I hope we see more like it in future issues.

As with the comics, the articles are mostly for adults as well. There was an interesting article about voice actors who make their living dubbing English language movies into other languages. The focus was on the actor who is the Chinese Tom Cruise, Ren Wei. In addition to Cruise, he has also dubbed Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman and Joesph Fiennes. There is a sidebar to the article that looks at a number of other dubbing artists.

For those who like the darker side of celebrity, there is an article entitled Charles Manson’s Secret Holllywood Death List which tells how Manson had a list of famous figures that he wanted to kill and how it would be done. This article is not for the faint of heart.

There are a few other tidbits in the issue, such as the Top Five TV’s Most Messed Up Villains and Secret Diary of a Celebrity Pot-head as well as some contests for prizes (even a PS3) and a word search puzzle. Again, I want to warn there is adult language throughout.

It’s been a long time since anyone launched a boys comic in this country, says Millar in his opening letter to readers. I think that this will definitely have more appeal for men, and even then, this magazine will not be for everyone. In addition to the maturity, there is also a grittiness to it, and it is edgy.

I think that parts will appeal to a wider audience, but I fear that some of the aspects may turn some readers away. My recommendation, if what I have said above intrigues you at all, give it a look, and read the whole thing. If you judge it based on one or two parts, you may miss out on a comic you will really enjoy.

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