Published on March 21st, 2019 | by Kevin Given


Review: KISS Blood and Stardust #5

This issue starts not with a bang, but a whimper. It’s not an action-packed opening but one which sees Lilith guiding Alicia and hoping she will choose the right path. She’s helping her protégé without doing the work for her. An emotional moment between the two female heroes. I must say that this is a great story about overcoming your inner-demons, but I’m disappointed. For some reason this is called a Kiss comic book, but Kiss is barely in it. Gene is the only member of the band that has anything worth saying or doing, the other members are background props. This has been a problem with a lot of modern Kiss comics. Most of these comics would be great stories without the band in them, and this one is no exception. Like I said, a great story, but the focus isn’t on the Kings of the Night Time World. They are secondary characters in their own books lately. Where is the Kiss that became Superheroes in Marvel Super Special # 1 way back in 1977? As I said, this isn’t a bad comic at all, but if Kiss wasn’t in it, no one would notice because their presence isn’t necessary to tell the story. Can someone write a Kiss comic where they’re the protagonists, please?!

The Creative Team:

Bryan Hill has created an awesome universe filled with Demons and monsters which infiltrate our every day lives. It’s fun to see the main protagonist face her nightmares and Derek Crowley is an antagonist to be reckoned with. It’s a treat to see this tale come to its conclusion and it’s a good read.

Rodney Buchemi brings this hellish world to radiant life and his demons are truly terrifying. The hatred etched into Derek Crowley’s face tells the story of an average joe gone horribly wrong with demon possession. The fear we see in Alicia also tells a tale. A tale of learning to cope with our fears and when she must rely on herself instead of Lilith, we get the impression that she isn’t sure of her capabilities. This all shines forth strongly in the illustrations.

In Conclusion:

I’m having a hard time with this conclusion. When I read issue one, I had high hopes that we’d see a Kiss comic where they would finally kick some ass and with the End of the Road tour underway, I don’t know how many more Kiss comics we’ll get. But their involvement in this tale isn’t just minimal, it’s unnecessary. I don’t want to give to much away here but, when you read the whole story, take all Kiss’ lines out of it and you still get the same feel. Nothing they’ve done is necessary. Also, the resolution, though satisfactory, seems rushed. An epic build up but a slightly less than satisfactory pay off. Good stuff, but not great stuff. **1/2 (7.3 rating)

KISS Blood and Stardust #5

Writer – Bryan Hill

Art – Rodney Buchemi

Colors – Adriano Agusto

Letters – Troy Peteri

Publisher – Dynamite

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About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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