Kick-Ass Vol 1 #2
General Information
Series: Kick-Ass Vol 1
First Published: May, 2008
Previous Issue: Kick-Ass #1
Next Issue: Kick-Ass #3
"Fuck these guys! Fuck these comics! Fuck these stupid characters... I will never do that shit again! ...But who was I kidding? The beast was friggin' in me, man. As soon as I was off the crutches, I was back pounding the streets."
Dave Lizewski[src]


"Previously: Dave Lizewski wasn't the class jock or the class geek. He wasn't the class clown or class genius or class anything...but he was a comic book fan. One day, he put on a superhero costume—and got his ass kicked."

Dave Lizewski suffers two broken legs, a crushed spine, a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung, and head trauma, and winds up in the intensive care unit at St. Vincent's Hospital. When he wakes, he learns that he managed to strip out of his costume before he was found naked in the street; he undergoes four surgeries to install three metal plates in his head, months of counselling, and endures "endless weeks of physical rehabilitation" before being released from the hospital.

"Two months later," he returns to school, where his friends celebrate his survival, and vows never to put ona costume again, destroying his comic book collection. Once he recovers, however, he returns to his night patrols, where he is harassed by a group of girls who accuse him of being "a flasher" and a "rapist." Moments later, he stumbles into a chase, inadvertantly allowing a group of gangbangers to catch up to the man they are pursuing.

They beat the man until Dave intervenes, viciously attacking the gangbangers with a pair of nightsticks and ordering them away from their victim. One of the gangbangers hits Dave with a trashcan as a group of onlookers gathers, recording the altercation with cellphones as Dave fends off the attackers to protect the man on the ground. Finally, the gangbangers flee as the crowd cheers Dave, and the man he protected thanks him while one of the bystanders uploads his cellphone recording to YouTube.


Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • unnamed gang members

Other Characters:



  • Dual batons


  • none


  • This issue was dedicated to Paul James Downie.


  • Dave's friends compare him to John McClane of the Die Hard film series when he tells them he was mugged.