Absolution: Happy Kitty #1 (Avatar)


Rating: 4/5 – The origin of Absolution’s ass-kicking tween!

If you read the series Absolution: Rubicon and enjoyed it you should pick up this one-shot detailing the early year’s of John Dusk’s “partner” Happy Kitty, a young girl whose enhancile skills at killing would put Kick Ass’s Hit Girl to shame.

I don’t know what it is about young girls who are killing machines, but in the same way that Hit Girl typically steals the scene in Kick Ass, Happy Kitty does the same in the Absolution series.  There are certainly surface parallels between the characters, both young girls with extraordinary fighting prowess, but go below the surface similarities and you’ll find two very different characters.  This issue focusing on Kitty from a very young age when she is found and taken in by gangsters is the perfect illustration of how different the two characters really are.

Happy Kitty is an enhancile, in Absolution terms that means she has a super-power.  Hers is related to extremely honed fighting and acrobatics capabilities.  You do not want to get on her bad side.  Given that she doesn’t speak much (she says about 3 sentences in the entire issue) we don’t get a lot of insight into the character in this story set in the past.  That said, I’d love to see Gage explore her character in more depth, fleshing out her thoughts and motivations moving forward from the point where he left off at the end of Rubicon.

This is a violent comic, absolutely not for kids or the squeamish, but absolutely worth checking out for readers who don’t mind a bit of ultra-violence when it contributes to the telling of a story.  Fans of the Punisher, Jennifer Blood and Kick Ass should absolutely be checking this title out.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – bob@comicspectrum.com
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