Published on July 16th, 2017 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Kiss/Vampirella #2
This issue reveals more information about why our make-up clad heroes are destined to meet the space vampire and brings us much deeper into a story involving the supernatural as only Christopher Sebela can tell it.
This issue opens with a bang as Vampi and her friend come across a Satanic ritual going on in an abandoned building while the Kiss boys witness what appears to be a suicide jumper from the top of a building, only Paul says that he didn’t jump but was pulled over, but Ace argues that they’re 20 stories up and how does that “work.”
The Creative Team:
Sebela clearly knows his Kisstory and the workings of Warren’s most popular original character and is having a blast bringing these two iconic franchises together. I’m enjoying the Kiss comics that Dynamite puts out more than what IDW did (though I love those issues too.) This story takes place at the height of the most creative era of Kiss’ career. Hotter than Hell, though initially the weakest selling of the first three Kiss albums, is my favorite with classics like the title cut, Parasite and Let me go Rock and Roll. The album is historically revered as being the first grunge album and proves that Kiss influenced two eras of Rock and Roll; the hairband movement of the ‘8’0’s and the grunge era of the ‘90’s. Enough of my praise for the band, let’s talk about this issue. The tension mounts as Kiss decides to follow the two they saw go over the building and survive a 20-story fall while Vampirella discovers more about the ritual they saw being performed. Intense and compelling, a great issue to be sure.
Annapaola Martello continues to be an excellent choice for bringing Sebela’s words to life. The panels flow along and heighten the tension of the story while drawing us into a fictionalized version of Los Angeles in the mid- ‘70’s. It’s great fun to watch a demon (not Gene Simmons) from hell rampage through the city of angels. Valentino Pinto brings the art to life with excellent color schemes and helps the art jump off the printed page enhancing the issue even further. This one’s a keeper my friends. I loved every page.
This issue definitely leaves us wanting more as it creates a lot of unanswered questions and picks up the pace with the action moving us along an already thought-provoking tale of the demonic and supernatural. Will the rock icons finally meet Vampirella face to face? I can’t reveal that here, you’ll have to buy the issue to find out. But what I will tell you is that Kiss is about to confront a rival band that just might rock their socks off! To be continued. **** (9.7 rating)
Writer – Christopher Sebela
Art – Annapaola Martello
Color – Valentino Pinto
Letters – Troy Peteri
Publisher – Dynamite Entertainment
Publication date – July 2017