Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review - KISS Kids Comic | Reviewed by: Conan Tigard

KISS Kids is a wonderful read that I just couldn't put down. I joined the KISS Army way back in the mid-1970's and have been a fan ever since. I never saw them play live, but has always enjoyed listening to their music. In fact, since I have twenty of their album ripped onto my computer, while I read this graphic novel, had their music playing. It really enhanced my reading of this fun-filled book.

The concept of a book for early chapter readers about a hard rock band may seem a little strange to most people, but it really works. The children that read this book don't have to know who the band KISS is to enjoy it, but will certainly know more about them after they finish then when they started. The four main characters are just that, a bunch of cleverly created characters that practically jump off the page. I loved the way that Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz used their creative juices to turn Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Freeley, and Peter Criss into smaller versions of their adult selves. Their imagination enabled them to wonder how the band members would have acted as children while already having formed the band KISS and have them already wearing their stage makeup.

The artwork by Jose Holder is what really sold me on this book. It is fantastic! Every page was perfectly imagined and drawn to perfection. I soaked in each page and wondered how it could get any better. Then I would turn the page and discover another wonderfully drawn page. Wow! that is all I can say. Wow!

This book isn't just for children. It can be enjoyed by adults too. As you might have guessed from my comment that I joined the KISS Army back in the mid-1970's, I am no spring chicken myself. What I thoroughly enjoyed was all of the references back to the adult band; from the titles of the chapters being either titles of songs, or altered titles of a song, to hidden jewels in the story. This includes thing like the seeing makeup like a Fox in the park, referring to the makeup of Eric Carr, the drummer that replaced Peter Criss. My favorite hidden jewel was the name of the park, Phantom Park, referring to the made for TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which I watched on television when it came out in 1978. The movie wasn't very good and the band members weren't the best actors, but I do remember enjoying the film as a 13-year-old boy.

Overall, KISS Kids is an excellent collection of short stories that I absolutely ate up. Early Chapter Readers will really enjoy all of the antics of these crazy KISS Kids and the trouble they find themselves in. Adults will enjoy seeing their favorite hard rock band members as children and finding all of the references back to the band. I highly recommend this book for everyone, whether they are fans of the band or not. I hope that this creative team decides to do more KISS Kids books. If so, count me as a fan and know that I will be reading those also.

You wanted the best! You got the best! The greatest graphic novel in the world! KISS Kids!

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I rated this book a 9½ out of 10