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Comic Review: KISS #1
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IDW Publishing: KISS #1KISS #1
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Jamal Igle
Colors by Rumulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters by Shawn Lee
“She” Lryics by Harold Fraiser, Roget Roaime and Shannon Jones
Covers by Nick Runge, Jamal Igle, & Michael Gaydos
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Did anyone really want another KISS #1? Yes, yes, we did. So here comes IDW to the rescue. The last couple KISS series have left bad tastes in fans’ mouths: The Image Comics KISS: The Psycho Circus and then the Kiss4K by…some company that went out of business. So, here comes IDW’s new KISS title and I think everyone’s expectation are not overly high, but luckily for us, this book turned out to be an awesome surprise!

Writer Chris Ryall has done what no other writer before him has done: turned out one hell of an entertaining KISS book with a story that is fresh and a completely original concept. He’s really captured the personas of what the members of KISS are on stage. There’s a fantastic narrative that runs through out the book, that’s really amazing. More importantly, this is a story that MAKES SENSE. It’s not just “KISS trying to get to the concert venue before it’s too late” (which would be a GREAT idea for a KISS kid’s comic), it’s a story of good vs evil. Well, kinda-good vs evil. OK, it’s a story of KISS vs. evil.

Right off the bat from the first page, it gets going and doesn’t slow down until the last. Ryall lays out a premise, not just for this issue, but for the whole series, that is really interesting, and not just for KISS, if this was two other characters, you’d enjoy it just as much. I’m read pretty much every KISS comic that’s been published and I have to say, this is BY FAR my favorite. Fans and non fans alike will totally dig this comic. At it’s core, it’s what this comic needed to be – a well told story. To some up, if there was one copy of this in the world, I would fight the KISS Army for it.

Artist Jamal Igle is perfectly tailored for this book. His art is clean, crisp, and not too overloaded like art was in past KISS comics. He really captures Chicago circa 1929. Not only that, but he makes everyone’s favorite rock and roll band look like they belong in the 1920s AND look out of place at the same time. His backgrounds are drawn in fantastic detail and I could go on for days about how AWESOME this book looks, but please, pick it up and see for yourself.

Whether or not you’re KISS fan, you’re going to enjoy this book. IF you are a KISS fan, you will spend at LEAST a good hour looking for all the inside KISS jokes. I’ve found many, but I’m sure that they are more. A great story, well written, fantastic art, this book has everything. As far as this comic goes, YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST!!!!! (Sorry, couldn’t help it. – Editor’s Note: KISS rules.)

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