Honest reviewers must sometime kiss and tell.
I was prejudiced.
That telling remark means I am no fan of the musical" group Kiss
that is better known for its silly mime makeup and costumes than music. My
preference for substance over glitz is not just lip service.
Therefore, a Kiss comic book must be bad, right?
I was stunned. Kiss: Psyche Circus has almost nothing to do
with Kiss, the rock and roll group. Sorta.
Oh, there are lots of advertisements about Kiss toys, books and stuff in
its pages, and a letter column that makes it clear readers would like to see
more Kiss in the title. It is also true that a Kiss "musician" is seen
in only seven panels out of twenty-two pages of story. But this comic book has
nothing to do with glitz over substance.
Kiss is about stunning art, dramatic visual storytelling, accurate
anatomy and architecture, amazing staging, and an eye for the importance of
atmosphere. Artist Clayton Crain's pencils will grab you by the eyeballs, and
the inker, colorist and even package designer of this comic book will shake you
until your brain hurts.
This issue of Kiss is not so much about story. The writing in this
dream sequence is imaginative, the dialog is believable, an4 even though this
was my first Kiss, I had no problem in following events or characters
that had been established in earlier issues.
I was entertained.
Since one issue in any series is just a piece of a greater whole, I
suspect this greater whole isn't a kiss off either.
It is just possible that this is the first comic book series that is
better than the subject upon which it is loosely based.
Please believe that my unexpected but final evaluation of the 27th issue
of this comic series is not tongue in cheek.
Kiss is highly recommended.
Kiss: Psyche Circus #26 is priced at $2.25. Published by Image and
written by Brian Holguin. Available in comics shops and by mail.
Youll go blind if you dont stop doing that. Thats because the
type in The Simpsons Forever! trade paperback is smaller than Homer
But won't be able to stop... laughing. Tee-hee.
But why, mighty critic, are you reviewing an 89-page trade paperback
($12.95, published by Harper Perennial, sold in book stores) when Suspended
Animation is dedicated to finding comic books that would appeal to adults?
Duuh. Because I want to, because The Simpsons Forever is comic and
a book, and because I got it free for Christmas.
And because of funny stuff from Moe the bartender, like: "Assault
weapons have gotten a lot of bad press lately, but they're manufactured for a
reason: to take out today's modern super animals, such as the flying squirrel
and the electric eel."
The Simpsons Forever is an extremely comprehensive
guide to the ninth and tenth seasons of the most popular animated television
show in history. Each entry includes a plot summary, a character profile,
"The Stuff You May Have Missed", hilarious quotes, and lots of art.
Stuff You May Have Missed" is a list of the tiny visual and verbal gags
sprinkled throughout every episode. These include oddball signs (an airport sign
reads, "Birthplace of Wind Shear"), strange cameo appearances by minor
characters, and satiric theme music (a band plays the theme to the TV show
"Sanford and Son" after reinstating the sanitation commissioner).
buffs receive added titters.
an added bonus, the book ends with a tribute to the character Troy McClure, the
visual gags on the Simpson couch that open each show, a listing of which actor
supplies which voice, the songs sung by the Simpsons, and a collection of
profane, er, profound saying from Homer.
still doubt the mighty reviewer's motives?
The real reason this trade paperback was reviewed is that Marge Simpson's
profound observation about critics needed airing.
You know, Homer, it's very easy to criticize.
by Michael Vance
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