|Kick-Ass Vol 1 #5|
|Series:||Kick-Ass Vol 1|
|First Published:||November, 2008|
|Previous Issue:||Kick-Ass #4|
|Next Issue:||Kick-Ass #6|
- "Remember those assholes I told you I'd inspired? The ones who dressed up on MySpace and formed their imaginary super-teams? Well, one of them went public and was really fucking me off. He called himself The Red Mist and the reason I hated him is because he'd become this massive overnight celebrity. I'd been lying low since the Eddie Lomas murder, but he was out there taking down drug dealers and people-traffickers and all these Russian mobsters. The cops loved him, the media loved him and even the bloggers were kissing his ass. Colossus82 on the Newsarama boards described him as the cool, grown-up version of what Kick-Ass used to be. Six weeks ago I was Heroes Season One. Now, as far as the 'net was concerned, I was Season fucking Two."
- ―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. That didn't stop him, though. The next time he put on the costume, he saved some guy's life...and ended up on YouTube. Now he's a real superhero. But Dave's learned he isn't the only one..."
Dave Lizewski laments the appearance of another costumed vigilante calling himself The Red Mist, who has taken down "drug dealers and people-traffickers and all these Russian mobsters," earning the admiration of the police, the media, and the blogosphere and inspiring "RED MIST > KICK ASS" merchandise at the local comic book store.
Dave finally suits up again for his night patrols in order to raise Kick-Ass's profile again, but finds little crime to fight. He later hangs out with Katie, and lies to her about being "scared to tell [his] Dad about the gay stuff." When the media credits Red Mist with "creating the world's first superhero MySpace page," Dave e-mails the vigilante to set up a meeting.
The next night, Kick-Ass confronts Red Mist, who insists that he has been trying to credit Kick-Ass as his inspiration in the media because he is Kick-Ass's "biggest fan"; Red Mist then suggests a team-up, and the two proceed to patrol the streets of New York City in "the Mist-mobile," a suped-up red Ford Mustang.
By four o'clock in the morning, the pair happens upon an apartment building fire. They hesitate to enter, but after learning that a tenant's child is trapped inside, the teenagers rush into the building. Red Mist attempts to slip out of the back of the apartment building, but Kick-Ass insists that they head to the woman's apartment, where they discover that the "child" is in fact a cat. The heroes become trapped in the apartment when the ceiling collapses, but are rescued by firefighters and escorted out of the building to the adulation of the crowd of bystanders.
The pair are later mentioned by Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Craig Ferguson, and Dave basks in the renewed popularity of Kick-Ass, until he receives a visit from Big Daddy and Hit-Girl in his apartment bedroom.
- Katie Deauxma
- Todd Haynes
- Marty Eisenberg
- Big Daddy
- Rudy Guiliani (mentioned)
- Jay Leno (mentioned)
- David Letterman (mentioned)
- Craig Ferguson (mentioned)
- The Mist-mobile