KISS Kids #1 Written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz
Art by Jeremy Colwell and Jose Holder
Covers by Jeremy Colwell, Luis Antonio Delgado, Rom Fajardo, Jose Holder, Dan Schoening, Bruce Timm IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
You wanted the best, and you got the best…
…but this ain’t it.
If you’re an adult, KISS Kids is terrible. If you’re under the age of 7, KISS Kids is ok. The End.
But then I found out IDW and Gene Simmons were sincere about it. I couldn’t believe it. This is perhaps the worst KISS idea since those coffins, I thought. And I was right.
Young children will probably dig it, especially kids of fans who have been bitten by the KISS bug… but older readers will find this experience tedious. While the art is fun to look at, KISS Kids, as a concept, would work much better as a television cartoon series than a comic book.
KISS Kids does have a couple of saving graces though. The comic is presented in a Richie Rich meets Muppet Babies fashion, with micro-stories throughout with one-hit punchlines that younger ones learning to read might find to be ideal to come back to again and again.
The other saving grace is some of the KISS-related jokes that emerge in a few different places. As one example, Li’l Demon displays some very Gene Simmons tendencies, such as being overjoyed at receiving cash as a gift. Elements from KISStory mythos are embraced too, which is a little fun.
But that’s as far as the ride goes for an adult KISS fan I’m afraid. The rest of the comic is all basic writing, easy punchlines, and lacking focus. It’s most definitely not for everyone, with a look and feel that is essentially KISS looking for a new audience.
The art on the other hand, is fun. The KISS Kids are depicted in a Muppet Babies vs. Gorillaz fashion, very cartoonish, and amusing at times. The images really expand on their characterizations, which actually looks nice.
That being said, there’s only so far KISS Kids will go for readers. KISS comics, since the 1970s, have been limited to an audience of fans of the band – and this one may find that the fans have little interest in it. There will be some appreciation from fans, but the true audience of this comic series will be much younger kids just getting into comics and reading.
In short, KISS fans should have a glance, but other adult comic fans will want to avoid this one completely. If you have younger kids though, then this might be a decent purchase for them. I’m sure children will find this enjoyable.