IDW's latest incarnation of the most awesome band ever does little to make me want to rock and roll all night, but I'm guessing it'll give fans of KISS a reason to party ev-er-ree day.
Now, I actually read this issue. I have to give props to Chris Ryall and Jamal Igle for taking on the daunting challenge of bringing these icons back to the world of four-color...but honestly, was anyone really counting down the days to run out and grab this book and skip your reruns of GENE SIMMONS' FAMILY JEWELS? The last couple attempts at a KISS comic book were less than stellar, with the last attempt fizzling out to what I think everyone would call a dead halt...so the question is, is this book even relevant?
I think it says alot for the KISS marketing machine that a monthly comic book is still viable for this franchise. However, I'm not sure that a story set in 1920's Gangland is going to stir me or other more seasoned comic readers to rush out and by these books. Don't get me wrong...it's kind of a different take on the whole cosmic angle of the KISS mythology, but I'm having trouble deciding if it's a fresh angle or just the same angle told in a different setting. Personally, I don't think my opinion is going to matter at all on this book...as IDW is probably banking KISS fans will be enough to carry this book and collect all the variant covers to keep this book alive. At least for a while.
While the story (and premise in general) isn't really my taste, I can't applaud Jamal Igle enough on his artwork. I think his style fits a book like this perfectly and if I do buy #2..it'll be solely on his artwork and not because I'm a KISS fan in search of yet another KISS title to potentially disappoint. IDW can rest easy in the knowledge that they already get 15% of my net yearly income on their TRANSFORMERS titles, so I'm cool.