Published on November 11th, 2019 | by Kevin Given


Review: Kiss Zombies # 1

“Hoping not to die is not a life” – Laila

Just when I thought there weren’t going to be anymore Kiss comics after The End along comes this little gem! The story opens in New Detroit, decades from now with Ben in some Kiss like make-up tied to a stake. He’s begging for his life! Will his father save him?

The Creative Team:

Ethan Sacks draws us into a future world where zombies are dominant. The leader of the humans has banned music because he says the music will bring the zombies down on them. Here’s a good story about a future gone wrong with a leader who wants to keep the status quo, The tension is strong as Laila dares to challenge what the humans know about life beyond their confines. As story set up issues go, this one’s a great page-turner that keeps us guessing. Laila and her friends find co-ordinates that lead them out of their city to New York City. They’re looking for “hope” It’s a desperate mission as the zombies keep multiplying and it’s only a matter of time before they encompass New Detroit. They have no idea what they’ll find and we, as the readers, are drawn into their plight. Great stuff includes the leader’s obsessive hold on his followers and Laila’s determination to prove to New Detroit that there’s something being withheld from its citizens.

Rodney Buchemi gives us some scary visuals as his panels eat up the pages and propel the story in an alarming direction. Buchemi shows the true terror of this situation with the opening scene. The willingness of the citizens to sacrifice one of their own to spare the population. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one, in their world view. Highlights include the splash of the zombie attack on Ben and the final splash of our heroes.

In Conclusion:

I am so glad that Dynamite is continuing Kiss comics. This tale looks to be better than most of the previous ones too. What more could a Kiss fan want? Horrific zombies, a megalomaniac leader that bans music, and a group of flaming youth ready to stick it to the man!  Flaming Youth will set the world on fire! Just when you thought the old white dudes were through, they come roaring back full force! ***1/2 (8.9 rating)

Writer – Ethan Sacks

Art – Rodney Buchemi

Colors – Dijjo Lima

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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