If you’ve ever been a fan of glam rock, rock n roll, true anthems, or seen any movie that’s come out in the last thirty years, you’ve probably heard at least one song by KISS. The band consisting of The Starchild (Paul Stanley), The Demon (Gene Simmons), The Spaceman (Ace Frehley), and The Catman (Peter Criss), has been a smashing success since their debut back in January of 1973. Rocking their way through the 70’s, 80’s, and still holding a huge control on popular rock anthems, they are legends among those who listen to anything from that era.
Rock and Roll All Nite, Strutter, and Hotter Than Hell are a few of the most popular titles, showcasing amazing range, sex appeal, and more than anything else, an ego that couldn’t be thoroughly stroked enough, causing the band to go through so many members that I’ve lost count. We still found a way to idolize these guys, creating multiple comic iterations of KISS through the years. Hanging out with Archie Andrews, appearing on Scooby Doo, and having their own stories in print as well, we get to see one final one shot comic celebrating the fact that Rock will never die!
Writer Erik Burnham has been paired up with artist Daniel HDR to bring us the power and passion of true Rock and Roll Gods. KISS: Forever is a project that Dynamite Comics has brought into life, showcasing the fact that KISS really proves Rock is immortal. We are taken to the caveman days, where a man and his brother compete for the best hunt. When his brother is killed, the brave and courageous one goes back to find the beast that caused it. Approached by KISS because of his true spirit and heart, Peter Criss gives him the power of the Cat God (easiest way to explain it), allowing him to match the beasts that were sent to wipe out humanity.
The other’s all have their times in which they have basically taken over the will of another, given permission through terrible circumstances, but culminating in the greatest adventure I’ve had the pleasure of reading that’s based on a band. I’ve always kind of liked KISS, but I really did enjoy this comic. It is the right amount of action, adventure, and completely insane pieces of a large puzzle. Without revealing the ending, I will let you know that you need to read this one. It is well worth the price and time, especially being a full sized book.
RECOMMENDATION – Anyone who enjoys adventure, rock and roll, action, and demonic personas will find this one very interesting to read. The look of the band members, but also the different designs of the characters as they evolve through the story, really gives a unique take on the story itself. The artwork does change sometimes throughout, which is refreshing in this one.
Talk to the boys at the shop if you want to get your hands on this one shot comic, as it is only a one off, it isn’t a huge commitment for funds or time. Well worth the chance!