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Kiss Zombies #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) Comic Review

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  • Kiss Zombies #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) Comic Review

    Kiss Zombies #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) Comic Review
    Released by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: December 11th, 2019.
    Written by: Ethan Sacks
    Illustrated by: Rodney Buchemi
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    People, let me tell you what happened in Kiss Zombies #1. Does your curiosity make you insane? Wooh insane? Laila, who has the face of a woman and the hands of a child, travelled with Crusher and Hank from New Detroit, the one city in America that opened up their arms and opened up their legs to KISS oh so many years ago, to New York City in hopes of finding what might be left of civilization. What they found instead was... the hottest band in the world... KISS - and a whole lot of zombies.

    Picking up directly where that first issue left off, we read this comic, turn the page and get to the good stuff to learn that KISS were in some sort of cryogenic sleep machines and they're not happy that they've been woken up. Laila recognizes The Demon, who can't be tamed, has makeup that is the same style that Ben, who was killed in the first issue, wore before his death. Space Ace is mad because Laila and the other brought the zombies to them but thankfully the Star Child, who likes to uh all night, knows a secret way out. The biggest part of the Star Child's body is his heart, so it stands to reason that he'd be nice enough to want to help them. Unfortunately, as soon as they start making their way out The Cat Man is attacked by a zombie security guard named Vic, whose granny probably said he was a hooligan. Space Ace grabs a hockey stick and whacks him with it - right between the eyes - but it's not enough, Vic wants to rock on and he will not be tranquilized, so The Cat Man uses a freakishly sharp hockey skate to cut Vic's head off!

    Knowing that noise will draw the zombies away, The Demon provides a distraction by singing God Of Thunder and banging on a staircase so that the rest can get to KISS' tour bus. It works, and thankfully KISS are always prepared for a zombie apocalypse, because their bus is stocked with food, water and weapons. Star Child gets behind the wheel of that bus and drives it up 8th Avenue to meet The Demon stands up, he doesn't have to be afraid. Thankfully Star Child drives pretty safely so there's no heavy metal accident on the way (unless you count the zombies he runs over). The Demon jumps off the top of Madison Square Garden, he looked before he leaped and we can judge him by the friends he keeps. He uses his cape to fly down to the bus. Laila and the others are happy for KISS' help, after all, there are no bills and there are no fees. But will KISS and their new friends escape New York in once piece or will the horde of zombie tourists in Times Square make a meal of them? You'll get your answers, baby, under the cover of the next issue. Because they may be down and out but don't count them out, cause there's no place for hiding baby, and no place to run.

    You read my typed out thoughts on this comic, and you know what my fingers can do, and you wish you were the one I was doing it, but honestly, this book is ridiculous. The first issue was ridiculous but this one ups the ante considerably. That said, it's a fun read if you're able to just turn off your brain and go with it (which is the best way to enjoy any KISS product, really). Going into this with legitimately great expectations would be a fool's errand because it's loaded with cliché after cliché - but you kind of want that from this comic. Does Ace sing Back In The New York Groove? Of course he does. Gene singing God Of Thunder? Yep. That happens too. And The Cat Man, why wouldn't he sing Beth at one point in this issue? These are the types of things that have to happen in KISS spin offs, and they happen here for that reason, never adding to the story in the least but hitting the required notes expected. Really, you don't want no compromise when it comes to this, right?

    The script is effectively silly, the art is decent, improved over the first issue. There's okay detail here and the coloring is pretty solid. The zombies could look nastier but this is basically kept at a PG rating so it's no surprise that it doesn't go into darker territory. Silliness abounds, but it's a fun read and the cover from Arthur Suydum, who seems to have become the 'go to guy' for zombie covers, is pretty great.
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