Comic Review: KISS Kids #1

KISS Kids #1
Written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz
Art by Jeremy Colwell and Jose Holder
Covers by Jeremy Colwell, Luis Antonio Delgado, Rom Fajardo, Jose Holder, Dan Schoening, Bruce Timm
IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

You wanted the best, and you got the best”¦
“¦but this ain’t it.

If you’re an adult, KISS Kids is terrible. If you’re under the age of 7, KISS Kids is ok. The End.

If I could leave the review at just that, I would. But I won’t. Being a KISS fan, upon hearing that KISS Kids was going to be a comic book series – an announcement made on April Fool’s Day – I honestly thought it was just a gag, a joke, a laugh. I played along with the joke, and we even posted another KISS-related April Fool’s post that day, too.

But then I found out IDW and Gene Simmons were sincere about it. I couldn’t believe it. This is perhaps the worst KISS idea since those coffins, I thought. And I was right.

Young children will probably dig it, especially kids of fans who have been bitten by the KISS bug… but older readers will find this experience tedious. While the art is fun to look at, KISS Kids, as a concept, would work much better as a television cartoon series than a comic book.

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Comic Review: Transformers: Regeneration One #92
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Transformers: Regeneration One #92
Written by Simon Furman
Penciled by Andrew Wildman
Inked by Stephen Baskerville
Color by John-Paul Bove
Lettered by Chris Mowry
Editor: John Barber
Editor-In-Chief: Chris Ryall
Covers by Andrew Wildman, Guido Guidi & Geoff Senior
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

Transformers: Regeneration One #92 is the latest in a long line of books that IDW is publishing for the FANS. And, as a fan, I don’t think we can thank them enough. Yes another case where the publisher ACTUALLY does something because YOU demanded it!

Transformers Godfather Simon Furman continues doing what he does best – writing Transformers. This series picks up where the original Marvel series left off, just like IDW has done with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The series has been running since last year, and it’s given Transfans exactly what they wanted, and that is a proper ending to the series. Now, I know most of this is old news to a lot of you, but since this is my first time reviewing the series, I thought a brief catch-up would be nice.

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Comic Review: The Colonized #3

The Colonized #3
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Drew Moss
Covers by Nelson Daniel, Jay Fotos, Gabriel Rodriguez, Dave Sim
IDW Publishing
Publication Date: June 5, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Colonized is essentially a Zombies Versus Aliens yarn, with humans caught in the middle. Or, more accurately, it’s a Zombies Versus Humans story with aliens caught in the middle. Whatever the case, the third chapter of the new IDW series finally grabs plot fundamentals and puts them to use in a tale that sends up and borderline-parodies the stereotypes of 1950’s horror and sci-fi movies.

Set in the rural remote town of Carbon Falls in Montana, the humans are essentially a community of separatist militiamen that wish for zero interference from the Feds, though the focus of their community is (somewhat ironically) on sustainability and all-things-green. A group of aliens launch their plan to make contact with humanity, though their efforts are messed up by the coincidental event of the dead rising from the graves to feast on the living.

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Comic Review: Half Past Danger #1

Half Past Danger #1
Written by Stephen Mooney
Illustrated by Stephen Mooney
Edited by Chris Ryall
IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

IDW has released a new World War II era comic series with Half Past Danger #1. Created by Stephen Mooney, this adventure story has everything you’d want from an alternate history wartime epic: mystery, barroom brawls, Indiana Jones-esque heroes, femme fatales and dinosaurs!

It’s 1943 and Staff Sergeant Thomas Michael Flynn is on a routine mission with his squad on a Japanese island in the South Pacific. When they begin to notice peculiar occurrences such as Nazi campsites and dinosaurs running amok, everything Flynn thought he knew about the war collapses. Two months later, Flynn is back in the United States. Sitting alone at a bar in New York, Flynn is approached by a massive, blonde haired British soldier named Captain John Noble and a striking, enigmatic woman addressing herself as Agent Huntington-Moss of British Intelligence, but he drunkenly brushes them off. What happens next will be the start of Flynn’s journey into the unknown.

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Comic Review: The Colonized #2

The Colonized #2
Aliens and Humans Versus Zombies
Written by Chris Ryall
Illustrated by Drew Moss
Colored by Jay Fotos and Nelson Daniel
Lettered by Tom B. Long
Covers by Dave Sim and Zach Howard
IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Zombies and aliens and separatists, oh my! Chris Ryall and Drew Moss are back and they’ve surely picked up the pace since issue number one. If you enjoyed the first installment of this rollicking adventure, you’re sure to delight in the mayhem that ensues in The Colonized #2.

The self-governing town of Carbon Falls has recently been overrun by a horde of zombies and a crashed alien spaceship. Carbon Falls’ appointed leader, Hux, continues to butt heads with self-proclaimed leader, Randy Roy; their ideals, southern drawl, and an armory of weapons force the men into a standstill as they discover that the alien’s malfunctioned tractor-beam was the cause of the zombie outbreak. Eventually deciding to hide the aliens until the group can help them leave Earth, they make their way back to the home of Hux’s recently deceased father. Randy Roy “” still heated that the aliens “caused” one of his friends to die “” triggers a ruckus when he makes a violent decision. Startling discoveries are made and if all of these peculiar characters weren’t enough, someone else is secretly roaming around their territory as well!

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