KISS / Army of Darkness #2
Written by: Chad Bowers and Chris Sims
Art by: Ruairi Coleman and Timothy C. Brown
Published by: Dynamite Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

I didn’t expect much from KISS / Army of Darkness #2. I thought that the first issue was pretty awful and was hoping the plot would come along in the second issue. Instead we meander through a semi-retread of the Army of Darkness movie except now the Deadites seem to be in control.  By the time KISS actually shows up in the book I was bored beyond belief.  I don’t even want to review the issue because if I explain the plot I may just get too aggravated and start to nerdrage. But I will take a moment to gripe about execution.

This comic comes off like fan fiction to the point where it is almost puzzling that Dynamite is putting this out. From Grumpy Cat to Barbarella to Magnus, the company is truly able to innovate and, at the very least, entertain.  It feels like this book was written after watching Army of Darkness three times, drinking a six pack, and imaging what it would be like if KISS were in the film. Meanwhile it’s 4 AM and you should be asleep because you have work in four hours.

Look – I hate bashing comic books. I always like to look for some positives. But I am puzzled on why you would pay for the license for two separate “franchises” and then unleash this boring retread.   Army of Darkness was never winning any awards for its screenplay, but the film remains a cult hit thanks to Sam Raimi’s direction and Bruce Campbell’s outstanding performance.

Can you make a good Army of Darkness comic?  Absolutely. It’s been done. It will be done again. Is this comic good?  No. Not at all. Can you make a good KISS comic?  Absolutely. It’s been done. But I’d rather go back and read old issues of Howard the Duck then torture myself with this book. Howard at least had the genius of Steve Gerber behind him. No offense to Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, but this just seems like the most phoned in comic I’ve read in a long time.

Who is to blame for this?  I’m not sure. Maybe editor Kevin Ketner, who could have pushed the writers for a better story.  Definitely not the art team. The true positive here is how the book looks. Ruairi Coleman does a great job bringing us back into the Army of Darkness world, Timothy C. Brown’s colors are gorgeous, and I’m even going to say that the book is superbly lettered by Troy Peteri. Letterers don’t get enough credit so take a bow, Troy.

This book is pretty damn awful and I’m not sure where I go from here. I don’t want to keep reading if it’s this bad but if it gets any worse I don’t want to miss one second of the trainwreck.


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