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Kiss Kompendium (Book Review)
January 2011
Released: 2009, Collins Design
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Wow. This is by far the biggest book I own. This thing weighs a monstrous 5 kilograms (that’s 10 lbs!) This hard cover has almost 1300 pages! This hard cover is a thing of beauty.

It’s kind of hard to rate this book because it is a massive collection of pretty much every Kiss comic book ever made. This review is going to be short and sweet because if I tried to rate each comic duplicated here based on art and storyline, this review would be 50 pages long.

Both Gene and Paul have a brief Foreword. Then the book is divided into four main sections. The Marvel Years has the two Marvel Comics Kiss Super Specials. You know the ones, back in the 70’s where Kiss added a bit of their own blood to the printing ink. What a great publicity stunt. People still talk about it today. There are a couple of articles also published about the Marvel/Kiss connection. It’s a blast to see Kiss fighting Doctor Doom and hanging out with Dr. Strange and the X-Men.

The next section is the Kiss Graphic Novel created for Kisstory project. It’s neat to have it reproduced here because if you don’t have Kisstory this is harder to find. Up next is the more popular Todd McFarlane years and with Image comics and the Pyscho Circus storyline of the late 90’s. By this time the characters have sort of transcended being (almost) human and into larger than life, demonic characters, in the long running, dark series aimed or older audiences.

Lastly the compilation wraps up with the franchise switching to the Dark Horse Comics for 13 issues early in the new millennium. Tagged on the end of the book are a couple of dozen pictures of the (real) band from all the various eras.

How much do like comics? How much do you like Kiss? Well for me the answer to both questions is off the scale, so grade this compilation accordingly to your preference, but for me, it’s perfect.

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