Written by: Amy Chu
Art by: Kewber Baal
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Since Kiss has never missed an opportunity to hype their brand, the fact that Kiss #1 starts with lyrics to one of their songs shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. But hey, when you got your own comic,you can do anything you want.
In this incarnation, the world is in turmoil, a massive war has torched the planet, forcing what is left of humanity to an underground city. In issue #1, this apocalyptic event is seen as flashbacks while the main story takes place some 468 years after the Great War.
Now the masses of survivors have acclimated to their new home, but as i usual in stories like these, there are some citizens that become restless and begin to push back, hoping to find a better (or at least different) future outside of the one they know.
In this particular story the heroes are four teenagers who are out exploring this underground world mostly because they’re bored and got nothing else to do. Soon however, the four young friends find themselves embarking on a dangerous mission – to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell.
You know, for a comic about the band Kiss, they are strangely absent from the first issue. Seriously, Gene and his boys only appear on the first and last pages and in the background of some panels. Even then, the band is not in the comic because they don’t interact with the teenagers or even say anything.
Amy Chu’s writing hits all the stereotypical characters of any ‘teen’ driven story, but it never picked up enough steam for me, so when we get to the climax of the story, its like “Wait, that’s it?”
This issue would have been a total bust were it not for Kewber Baal’s art. The artwork in Kiss #1 is sharp and lush with color where it needs to be. Baal even adds a few easter egss around the page.
This isn’t the first time Kiss has graced the pages of a comic book, but I’ve seen better versions over the years. Considering the source material features larger than life characters, big hair and rock music, Kiss is tailor made for a comic book series. The band fits into any decade, and can make for a good comic book, but what is missing from this issue, sadly, is Kiss.