“My first inclination is to try to be clever and say that I have 100,000 relatives to thank … but I won’t,” said Kick-Ass artist Romita. “I’m extremely proud of this all, and very excited about working on the next two chapters!”
The 144-page book, which collects the eight Kick-Ass single issues published so far, focuses on the bloody misadventures of a wannabe superhero who dons a costume to take down bad guys. Loaded with grit, gore and adult language, the comic about young crime-fighters is definitely not for kids.
“The idea that a $25 book has hit 100,000 sales in a little over a month is just insane,” said Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar. “That’s roughly 10 times what Johnny and I were expecting and we would like to thank the comic-book retailers in America for their support of this book. This was not cheap and they took a gamble on us and I promise that Johnny will buy each and every one of them a drink at every convention he ever hits from now on.”
While Kick-Ass proved popular in its original run, the huge sales of the hardcover version show the power of the Hollywood-comic book crossover. The book is currently ranked No. 7 on Amazon.com’s comics and graphic novels best-sellers list.