Review – KISS: Phantom Obsession #1
Review – Kiss: Phantom Obsession #1
Writer – Ian Edginton
Artist – Celor
Colourist – Valentina Pinto
Letterer – Troy Peteri
Publisher – Dynamite Comics
Rating – Teen+
Release Date – 11th August 2021
Cover A – Art by Jae Lee, Colour by Lee Chung
Variant Covers: Cover C by Tim Seeley, Cover D by Celor, Cover E Photo Variant
KISS comics are back! Darius Cho may just be the wealthiest man on the planet but he’s also the most reclusive. Rumours surround about whether he is a real person or whether this a front for a business conglomerate. But the truth is he does exist and he’s a MASSIVE KISS fan. Now he’s hired the band for a private show but something doesn’t feel right. And as result, the band could be fighting for their lives!
Featuring some amazing variant covers from the likes of Tim Seeley, Celor and a photo variant cover of the band themselves. You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world… KISS!
Ian Edgerton is a British writer of some pedigree working on such titles as X-Force, HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds and Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, to name but a few. And he brings that experience with him to to the first issue from Dynamite featuring the hottest band in the world…KISS. It’s a fantastic first issue and Edgerton provides enough mystery and action that I for one am looking forward to the next book.
The artwork from Celal Koc (AKA Celor) is superbly detailed and I really enjoyed his portrayal of the band members. And when you add in the colour work of Valentina PInto, it really shines. Pinto operates with a restrained colour palette but he utilises it to great effect. Whilst we are accustomed to the black and white of KISS, his subtle use of colouring does not detract from the main focus in any way.
There’s been various KISS books over the years so it may seem like a challenge to keep the story fresh. But this is a fantastic first issue and it certainly has the potential to be an action packed rollercoaster of a series. The storyline from Ian Edgerton is perfectly matched with the artwork of Celor, colouring of Valentina Pinto and lettering of Troy Peteri. And I’m looking forward to see if future issues will be as Rock and Roll as this one.
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