Kick-Ass is an ongoing, creator-owned, American comic book series written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita, Jr. It is published by Marvel Comics under the company's Icon imprint. It dramatically satirizes comic book tropes and superhero conventions.
Telling his father he was mugged, he undergoes intense physical rehabilitation, including four operations. He is released weeks later, and as soon as he is off crutches dons the suit once more and goes on patrol. When he saves a man from a beating, an onlooker catches the scene on a cellphone camera and uploads it to YouTube, turning Lizewski into an overnight sensation christened with the name Kick-Ass.
In school, the mugging excuse used to cover up his bruises spawns rumors Lizewski is a gay prostitute. Believing them, his longtime crush, Katie Deauxma, adopts him as a "gay best friend". Lizewski goes along with this in an effort to spend time with her. His father, worried about him, gives him a can of police-issue pepper-spray for protection.
As Kick-Ass, Lizewski sets up a MySpace account, so people can contact him for help. The first such request he investigates leads him to an apartment of violent lowlifes who try to kill him. He is rescued by a costumed young girl wielding a sword, who kills all the attackers and then leaves to join a grown man she calls Big Daddy, and who calls her Hit-Girl. The two disregard Lizewski and drive away. Lizewski later learns the police attribute the deaths to a criminal "turf war"; he also discovers online that Kick-Ass has inadvertently inspired a new subculture of people dressed in makeshift, original superhero costumes.
A charity auction was held to name the main character. The winner, Dave Lizewski, chose his own name.
Each issue also singles out specific comic shops, crediting them for taking part in the "home-made effort" to promote the book and encourages readers to support them.
Aaron Johnson has been cast as the main character Dave Lizewski. Nicolas Cage will play a former cop who, in his quest to bring down an evil druglord, has trained his 11-year-old daughter to be the ruthless vigilante Hit Girl, being played by Chloë Moretz. Lyndsy Fonseca has been cast Lizewski's crush, Katie Deauxma. Christopher Mintz-Plasse has been cast as the previously unheard of nemesis The Red Mist.