Writer: Amy Chu Artist: Kewber Baal Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: October 19, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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KISS is back! Back to the FUTURE in this dark sci-fi adventure. In a world without sun and a world without heroes, four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell. But first they need some help from the past...
"What is the power of KISS? I was having breakfast recently with the fabulous writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When she found out I was writing this series, it was like firecrackers had been set off in the restaurant, she was so excited. So I'm doing this not just for the hardcore fans (like Kelly Sue) but also the new ones, like her children. It's a huge challenge for me. KISS is iconic. Legendary. It's global and cross-generational. So much has been done before with KISS in comics, a LOT of fun and crazy stuff. So for this series, I thought, why not go more serious? For research, I hunkered down and listened to the 1981 album Music from The Elder several times. Like the movie Blade Runner which came out around the same time, people didn't know what to make of it. If this album came out now, I think it would be entirely different reception. So this storyline is more focused on mythology, h

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Oct 25, 2016

    KISS are back in comics, and it's time to rock and roll all night (and party every day) once more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Tom Guilfoyle Oct 14, 2016

    Overall this is a great read. Although nothing spectacular happened and Kiss only made brief cameo like appearances, it however was a fun read that sets the wheels of this series in motion. Amy and Kewber are great in this issue and I hope that continues. This issue is accessible by everyone, Kiss fan or not, that's the beauty of Amy's writing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Oct 23, 2016

    Kiss is back in comics. Given the band's history with the medium I expected more and got a lot less. This is the same band that once shut down an entire city when they put some of their own blood in the printer's ink of their first Marvel comic. That kind of showmanship is sorely lacking in this offering. While I'm glad to see that the band has returned to the medium it would have been nice to have my face rocked off by the sheer magnitude of awesomeness that is KISS. Instead I'll have to make due with an average comic and subpar coloring. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Oct 21, 2016

    We wanted the best, the hottest band in the world and sadly, this time, we just didnt get it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 19, 2016

    Even though I could care less about KISS' music, I still think that their brand could be interesting in comics. Dynamite's first stab at it is just a generic cash grab for aging fans that also read comics. I imagine this is a dwindling market of comic readers, but I could be wrong. It just seems like if it was doing well that IDW would never have let it go, like Transformers, G.I. Joe and a hundred other franchises that they run into the ground but make a ton of money off of. Whatever the cause, whoever the fan base, this comic doesn't do enough to hook a new generation of comic readers that don't listen to KISS and expect more from their comics. The only part of this book I liked is when KISS showed up like Zordon in Power Rangers. Actually, if it was that in the next issue I might be able to forgive this issue, but I kind of doubt they'll be given KISS mechs to fight evil. Read Full Review

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