Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Comics Review: KISS: Phantom Obsession #4


STORY: Ian Edginton
ART: Celor
COLORS: Valentina Pinto
LETTERS: Troy Peteri
EDITOR: Joseph Rybandt
COVER: Jae Lee with June Chung
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Stuart Sayger; Tim Seeley; Celor
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2021)

Rated Teen+

Kiss is an American, four-man, rock band.  It was formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, the original line-up that is also considered classic Kiss.  Kiss is best known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, and the group rose to prominence and gained a notorious reputation in the mid to late 1970s with its shocking live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, and pyrotechnics.

Dynamite Entertainment obtained the license to produce comic books featuring Kiss' brand and began releasing Kiss comic books in 2016.  The latest comic book is Kiss: Phantom Obsession.  It is written by Ian Edginton; drawn by Celor; colored by Valentina Pinto; and lettered by Troy Peteri.  Phantom Obsession pits the band against Darius Cho, a powerful, super-wealthy, obsessed Kiss fan who wants more than some autographs.

As Kiss: Phantom Obsession #4 opens, Paul, Gene, Ace, Peter, and Lyra Tzen, one of Cho's employees, are on the run from samurai androids known as “The Kingdom of Woes.”  While they find a new place to hide, Lyra tells the band the out-of-this-world origin story behind many of Darius Cho's scientific and technological innovations.

Then, they discover the fate of some of Cho's former employees.  Plus, Lyra's got a big secret.

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Kiss: Phantom Obsession #4, which is only the fourth Kiss comic book that I have ever read.

In Phantom Obsession, writer Ian Edginton continues to offer a breezy adventure that is part Kiss comic book and part superhero comic book.  Phantom Obsession is the best issue yet, and it was apparently going to be the final issue.  I assure you, however, that the cliffhanger at the end of this issue suggests a great fifth issue.  I hope issue #5 can deliver...

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Kiss comic books will want to read Kiss: Phantom Obsession.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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