KISS, that fun band everyone pretty much knows for “Rock and Roll All Night,” outrageous face make up and long tongues. Well they are back, this time in comic form, and fully embracing their inner demon. How do they fare in this new medium? Well find out with your Major Spoilers review!
Ah, the simple pleasures of just being a kid. Lemonade stands, little league games, advanced fort building, rocking the faces off of millions of screaming fans all over the world while thwarting the plans of your evil school Principal.
Or – “Where’s The Phantom Of The Park?”
I am a real sucker for comic books featuring KISS. Maybe it’s just that Gene and his pals have created iconic comics-style images for their stage personas, maybe it’s a matter of loving the old Steve Gerber-penned Marvel Super-Specials, but I can seldom withstand the allure of the Fearsome Foursome in comic form. Add in the bonus of Martian monsters on parade, and you’ve got yourself one guaranteed sale. Will the book hold up to my expectations? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Echoing their famous series of 1978 solo albums, this March, legendary rockers KISS take to solo adventures in a new miniseries from IDW Publishing! Further exploring the deep mythology that’s made the Kings of Rock hold dual citizenship as Kings of Comics, this year, The-Four-Who-Are-One must take up arms alone against a slew of dynamic enemies and evil forces.
Or – “This Cover Has The Makeup On All The Wrong People…”
Veronica should have the Demon makeup, as she is the one with the hair to carry it off. (Plus, I think many people will agree that she would be the most interesting one to carry off Gene Simmons’ trademark tongue thing.)
Jughead should be Ace Frehley, the ethereal Celestial spaceman who could clearly eat as many hamburgers as he wanted.
Betty should be the upbeat, front-and-center Starchild (albeit one with a slightly modified upper body leotard.)
And, finally, Archie should be the Catman, both much maligned figures with bad hair.
Next issue, Reggie, Moose, Dilton and Big Ethel should dress up as GWAR.
Or – “I Like To Think This Crosses Over With The Old KISS Series…”
There’s something awesome and iconic about the world of Riverdale and Archie Comics. They’ve successfully persevered through nearly eight decades of progress, changing with the times while maintaining the core of their portrayals. I’m just worried that The Demon is going to steal BOTH Betty and ‘Ronnie from Arch.
(Hey, if anybody can do it, Gene Simmons can… Just ask Lois Griffin.)
KISS, one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, returns to comics later this year with two major projects from publishers Archie Comics and IDW Publishing, as announced today at the San Diego Comic-Con, the premiere pop culture event of the year. This marks the first time that two major publishers have entered into such a groundbreaking, simultaneous deal with such a popular property and trademark.
Or – “DETROIT ROCK CITAAAY!”
For those of you who don’t remember the far-flung 1970′s, I’ll give you a rundown of how it went: Chevy Chase was funny then. Big lapels were in. Nobody knew what the hell a cellular phone was. Elvis was alive, part of the time anyway. There was a gas crisis and people freaked out at paying more than a dollar for petroleum. Steve was not yet bald, and George Lucas still knew what he was doing. There’s pretty much all ya need to know for free… Also big during the late 70′s was a band called KISS, whose larger than life personas and antics made them ripe for transition into comics form, and thus the oversized Treasury Edition format was dusted off and a comic book was commissioned. The sad/awesome part is that it’s actually pretty good…
Platinum Studios has sent its offering for June 2007. At the top of my list has to be the conclusion to Hero by Night #4, while others may be interested in the ongoing KISS 4K series.
Take the jump for the full list of titles, plus mini-bios on some of the creators.
Platinum Studios dropped off the list of show exclusives and a programming schedule for its events at Wizard World LA (taking place this weekend).
Platinum Studios Comics will be presenting two exclusives at this year’s convention: KISS Destroyer Edition and Hero By Night #1 Wizard World Los Angeles exclusive cover.
The limited edition KISS Destroyer Edition is the worlds largest comic book, and is debuting at Wizard World. The book tells the story of the transformation of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the other KISS band members from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits, and is the first branded property released by KISS Comics Group.
To celebrate the launch of this book, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be at the Golden Apple Booth (#707), at select times on Friday and Saturday to sign the book.
There have been various Kiss comics published throughout the years, but this time Platinum Studios and Kiss Catalog, the company run by Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, have partnered to create the Kiss Comics Group.
The group will kick off with “Kiss 4K”, the story of the transformation of Simmons, Stanley and other Kiss band members from rock stars to world-protecting warrior spirits. If you are still a member of the KISS ARMY you want to check out the Destroyer Edition which will be the world’s largest printed book. It’s mega huge and will sell for $50.
The second title is expected to be “Kiss Girls,” which features four teenagers who “talk about shopping and are about as dysfunctional as anyone until something happens to them and they get to wear the Kiss makeup and look good doing it,” Simmons said.
KISS 4K #1 will debut at Wizard World L.A. from March 16-18, 2007. Both Simmons and Stanley will appear at the event.