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Kiss: The Elder, Volume 1

(Kiss: The Elder #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  11 reviews
KISS returns to comics in a futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road). 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 ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published April 26th 2017)
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May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided an eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

When browsing through the available titles on NetGalley's website, was there reallly any chance that I'd see this:

and NOT press the "Read Now" button immediately?

Not so much.

I mean, I've been a Kiss fan for as long as I can remember...

So here's a bit of a reboot. That is, a new "version" of the story told on the 1981 album Music from the Elder

It featured hits such as....well...there real
David Watson
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Back in 1981 the rock band Kiss released Music From “The Elder” which was a concept album about the recruitment and training of a boy by a council of elders to become a hero in a world that needs one. The album was not successful but some fans loved it and looked at it as something original and different from one America’s greatest rock bands. Since its release there have been some independently produced movies and comics that tell the story of The Elder. In 2017 Dynamyte comics is publishing th ...more
Lör K.
Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review

5 / 5

Publication Date: 25th April 2017 (Netgalley) // 16th May 2016 (Good Reads)
Review Date: 03rd April 2017

I was made for lovin’ this comic.

This was absolutely amazing. This dragged me in right from the start and did not let me go until the ultimate cliffhanger at the end and still has not let me go. I need to know what happens immediately. Like, right now. I need volume 2 in the next 10 seconds before I combust. No? Okay, I’
Wayne McCoy
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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'Kiss: The Elder' by Amy Chu with art by Kewbar Baal is a graphic novel based on a concept album by the band Kiss.

It's the future, and things are bad. There have been wars, and people live underground. They are protected by a robot army and told that someday they will get to leave the city. Some young kids question this and begin exploring the city. They find passageways with strange graffiti. They find an old computer that tells how the city got there. They find giant robots that looks like the
Quentin Wallace
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this took a new approach to the band KISS in comics by creating a sci-fi story that features Kiss only very peripherally. It's set in the future and the world has been devastated by a great war. Everyone lives underground in a dystopian society. Or do they?

Kiss is used more as icons rather than actual characters in this story, which actually worked well. This reads more like young adult science fiction than anything else, but there's nothing wrong with that as it's a good story. I've always t
Nicola Mansfield
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is excellent and so much fun for KISS fans. In this book, so far at least, KISS aren't real people. They are "protectors', robotic suits in which operators can enter. Think Power Rangers and Neon Evangelion. It is the not too distant future and people live underground because the world's atmosphere was destroyed by the last great war. This new world is a socialist utopia with the "elders" in charge, but some teens are getting sick of the limitations put on them and they start to explore the ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! KISS comics. I did not know these existed. My hubby did though. Have I been living under a rock? This was epic in so many ways. So far one of my absolutely favorite graphic novels. And only a couple weeks for volume 2!!
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having been a Kiss fan for the last 37 years I was delighted to discover their reappearance in comic books on Netgalley. Song lyrics, dystopian story line and great drawings - well come on, I was fated to love it! Looking forward to reading more of this adventure and adding this Vol,1 to my collection.
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
“A world without heroes is like a world without sun.” Nice tag line, and lyric.
In a dystopian future where war has destroyed the surface of the planet, four kids explore where they’re not supposed to and change the course of history (there, got the requisite cliché out of the way).
What sets this apart from most other graphics is how well written it is. You know the government is up to no good when they call the society a “collective.” But once I saw how far in the future this was set, I wondered
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was weird. It's set in the far future after a war caused humanity to head underground. Our protagonists are 4 teenagers who are exploring the forbidden areas of their city. Here they come across a monastery devoted to Kiss and discover Kiss robot suits. They use them to battle the "protector" Kiss robots who come after them. Then they find some instruments and play them before the book ends on its big reveal. Like I said, the book is really odd. Kiss aren't really even characters in th ...more
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yikes, this was not good, don't get me wrong I didn't expect this to be great or anything. In fact, I just wanted a dumb story about how metal saved the world, which admittedly might be the result in the future but right now its a mixed bag. The story isn't anything new, humanity had a HUGE war which lasted for decades ruining the surface and causing the rest of the survivors to start new completely underground. They were saved by this Mr. Blackwell who appointed these four elders to watch over ...more
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Writer for DC, Vertigo, Marvel, IDW and more, including: Poison Ivy, Ant-Man, Deadpool, Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Sensation Comics Wonder Woman, X-Files. KISS and DMC Comics. Cofounded Alpha Girl Comics, publisher of Girls Night Out and other comics. Frequent comic-con panel speaker and moderator.

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