SDCC: "KISS" Returns to Comics in New 'Futuristic, Dark Sci-Fi Adventure' Series

KISS is back -- to comics! This October, writer Amy Chu and artist Kewber Baal will reintroduce the quartet in their very own Dynamite Entertainment series. "KISS" #1 will kick off all-new stories about the band, who started appearing in comics as far back as 1977's "Howard the Duck" #12 and 1978's "Marvel Comics Super Special: KISS."

The "futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure" is officially described as following,

In a world without sun and a world without heroes, 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. But first they need some help from the past...

"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," KISS co-founder Gene Simmons explained in a statement. "KISS is America's number one gold record award-winning group of all-time, and we are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as having our own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 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."

"What is the power of KISS? I was having breakfast recently with the fabulous writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When she found out I was writing this series, it was like firecrackers had been set off in the restaurant, she was so excited. So I'm doing this not just for the hardcore fans (like Kelly Sue) but also the new ones, like her children," Chu shared. "It's a huge challenge. KISS is iconic. Legendary. It's global and cross-generational. So much has been done before with KISS in comics, a LOT of fun and crazy stuff, so for this series, I thought, why not go more serious? For research, I hunkered down and listened to the 1981 album 'Music' from 'The Elder' several times. Like the movie 'Blade Runner,' which came out around the same time, people didn't know what to make of it. If that album came out now, I think it would be entirely different reception. So this storyline is more focused on mythology, heroism, and legend, and inspired by themes, lyrics, and song titles from that album."

"When I received Dynamite's proposal to draw the new KISS series, I immediately got to work with researching each persona: their clothing details, stage performances, their music... and it was only then that it suddenly dawned on me: My actual job is getting paid to listen and draw KISS!" added Baal. "How incredible is that? How many hardcore fans, how many KISS Army members will read the series? Oh my, can you see this is a huge responsibility, and what an amazing opportunity? I hope that all the fans will love the story, will love each page, and feel assured that I will do my best. That's a promise from one KISS fan to all other fans in world!"

The debut issue will arrive with ten variant covers, featuring the talent of artists like Goni Montes, Francesco Francavilla, Fernando Ruiz and Baal. Other cover editions include a photo variant, a "Demon" Emoji variant, a special Coloring Book cover and a Blank Authentix Edition.

Chu and Baal's "KISS" #1 goes on sale in October.

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