Dynamite Entertainment has revealed the latest installment in its KISS comic book series: KISS: Zombies, in which the iconic rock band will have to contend against the living dead.
The conclusion of the latest installment -- fittingly titled "The End" -- introduced a zombie apocalypse decades in the future, in which humans have become an endangered species living in isolation. To make things worse, the living corpses are attracted to sound, causing the few survivors to ban music in all its forms. A group of plucky teenagers, who seem to think the ban is doing more harm than good, set out on a quest to find the members of KISS in the hopes they'll put their music to use and save the world.
Writer Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye, Star Wars) describes KISS: Zombies as a cross between Land of the Dead, A Quiet Place, Seven Samurai and Footloose. Joining Sacks on the book are artist Rodney Buchemi (Death of Hawkman), colorist Dijo Lima (Assassin's Creed) and letterer Troy Peteri (Amazing Spider-Man). Additionally, Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies, DCeased) and Stuart Sayger (Vampirella vs. Reanimator) have been enlisted to help Buchemi develop the comic's characters.
"In my two and a half decades as an entertainment journalist, one of my most proud achievements was interviewing Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for a 40th anniversary retrospective of KISS," said Sacks. "After all, this was a band that had provided the soundtrack for much of my life, and their eerie black and white makeup aesthetic seared itself in my brain during my childhood when I first spied those album covers in an older cousin's record collection.
"So, all these years later, I jumped at the chance to write a KISS comic," he continued. "Then my editor, Kevin Ketner, went and threw in zombies too. Allowing a George Romero uber-fan to pen a book about the undead is like waving slivers of brain in front of an actual zombie."
"It's great to be back with KISS," Buchemi added. "The first series I did was a sensational experience... Working on Ethan's scripts has been great fun on every page and every panel. And of course, drawing zombies is fun!"
Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci admits this story has been in development for quite a while. "With each new KISS series, we try and push the mythology of this iconic band even farther and surprise fans," he said. "We've been thinking over this zombies concept for a long time, but knew a great writer was needed to execute it as well as have the needed passion for both the band and the cultural hallmark of zombies. We literally could not have found a better match than Ethan, and we're honored to work with him as he expands his career to other publishers."
Written by Ethan Sacks and illustrated by Rodney Buchemi, KISS: Zombies #1 is slated to go on sale in November.