Monday, July 18, 2016
KISS will revisit their glory days of the 70s by launching a new line of comic books this fall.
Four decades after the band famously appeared in comics, the group have teamed up with Dynamite Entertainment for a new, futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road).
The series will see four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell.
"KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says bassist Gene Simmons. "Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun."
"Gene and Paul are rock stars in every sense and are incredible storytellers and showmen. They are living icons. Their genuine love and knowledge of comics is incredible. I couldn't be more pleased to be working with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and KISS on a new line of comics," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Over the years, the band has produced so many stories which stand on their own, with characters that belong right alongside even the most well known in the medium. Publishing KISS comics is a dream come true, and we couldn't be more excited to have someone of Amy Chu's caliber to tell the new tales."
Due in October, the debut issue in the Dynamite series will be available in ten different covers: four are illustrated by Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cover artist Goni Montes, while Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie) and series artist Kewber Baal contribute additional covers, while other cover editions include a photo variant, a "Demon" Emoji variant (the first in a series of four, spread across issues #1-4), a special Coloring Book cover by Fernando Ruiz, and a Blank Authentix Edition that aspiring and professional artists can illustrate.
A special cardstock variant edition, autographed by Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be available as an incentive to qualifying retailers for their strong support of the series launch.
KISS are currently playing dates on the US Freedom To Rock tour, which kicked off in Tucson, Arizona on July 4.
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