KISS: The End #1 Comic Review
Artists – Edu Menna
Colorist – Jorge Sutil
Letterer – Troy Peteri
Publisher – Dynamite
Amy Chu returns to the franchise she co-kickstarted with Dynamite on KISS: The Elder. This time its KISS: The End and she is joined by artist Edu Menna and Jorge Sutil to take us on this interesting ride that coincides with the band’s farewell tour.
Amy has already proven she is a master when it comes to KISS and issue one here is no exception. The issue opens with some great exposition that is brilliantly paced over three pages. Within these pages, Amy gives us a clear picture of who our protagonist, Jay is. The rest of the issue is perfectly paced setting up what is bound to be a wonderful series.
One thing I have loved about the KISS comics by Dynamite is the way they include lyrics by the band in the story. In KISS: The End Amy perfectly uses lyrics from their last album MONSTER tracks Hell or Hallelujah & Wall of Sound to set the tone and narrative direction.
The characters were interestingly written with layered personalities I can’t wait to see explored. Especially KISS who are viewed through a perceptive.
The art by Edu Menna is wonderful I felt fully immersed in the world they had created from the environment to the inhabiting characters. The panel layout has a nice variety that enhances the flow and design of the book. The action and emotion are expressive, giving personality to the art and characters. The character designs are strong, working well with Amy’s writing and our first shot of KISS vibing their personalities beautifully.
The art, however, truly comes alive thanks to Jorge’s colors which are vibrant, bold and are perfectly used to set the tone. Sutil’s shading brings a great definition to the character’s features and overall perspective.
A small shout out to letterer Troy Peteri whose lettering is fantastic and gives the book and character’s their personality. The changing fonts add a new layer onto the mystery Amy is creating for the series going forward.
KISS: The End #1 is a fantastic read not only for KISS fans but fans of a good fantasy tale as Amy, Jorge, and Edu have laid the ground works for one. I’m excited to have Amy Chu back on a KISS book and I can’t wait to see where Amy take Jay and the band.
KISS: The End #1 is a fantastic read not only for KISS fans but fans of a good fantasy tale.