Kit’s Comics In Review – Fionna & Cake and KISS: Solo!


This week I decided to review two comics I normally wouldn’t. With finals coming up, I figured it would be fun to read something I usually would steer clear from. Let’s see how I reviewed Fiona & Cake and KISS!

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #4
Writer and Illustrator: Natasha Allegri
Publisher: Kaboom!
I feel like I’ve said this a million times; I love Adventure Time as a show and I am trying to like the self-titled comic, but it hasn’t clicked with me yet. I’ve been reviewing branches of Adventure Time to ease my way back to reading it, to try and give it another shot. I really enjoyed Bravest Warriors, and I thought it would be fun to read an issue of Fionna & Cake. Even though issue four is basically a glorified Lumpy Space Prince episode that reminded me of Handsome Squidward, it was a good laugh and a fun read.
The art for this series is fairly simple, but the storyline and characters are hilarious and witty. I love how each character has their own font, and if you watch the show you can really see their personalities shine through the pages. I was laughing out loud at LSP’s anime eyes, and I could just hear his annoying, whiney voice as he talked to Fiona. The one thing I miss from the show is the use of color in their line work in which you can distinctly see the artists’ using similar color tones instead of just black outlines. That’s just me being picky. I loved that feature about the show and I try to keep an eye out for it in the comics.
This is a comic for younger audiences, but the simplicity of it is appealing to everyone. The characters are hilarious and strange, and you can’t help but laugh at their goofiness. Although I am not involved in the My Little Pony fandom, this comic has similar qualities and I think that’s why a lot of people like it. It has a lot of “internet humor” in it with kooky characters and laugh-out-loud moments. It is innocent fun and has a good punchline. Adventure Time has a vast fan-base and the branches of the story are just as good. I recommend this comic if you just need a laugh or want to feel like a kid again. I am giving this issue 4.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

KISS: Solo 1 The Demon
Writer: Chris Ryall
Art: Angel Medina
Publisher: IDW
Honestly, I can’t tell you why the hell I chose to review this comic. I haven’t reviewed a KISS comic yet, and I thought it’d be a change in routine for me. Truth be told, I actually enjoyed it!
This first issue deals with The Demon battling against the four horsemen: War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death. I really enjoyed reading this issue because it dealt with The Demon as this awesome outer-world-being and didn’t deal with the aspect of the band or music at all. I was worried this was going to be a super cheesy and an awful read, but I am pleasantly surprised.
The artwork is absolutely gorgeous and action packed with every panel. Angel and Chris did a fantastic job of bringing these classic rockstars into the world of the supernatural. If you’re looking for an indie comic that kicks ass and takes names, this issue is for you. It definitely has that hard rock, metal art style, but it’s executed perfectly and the characters have detailed personalities. Each horseman has eerie speech characteristics and the details in the outfits are phenomenal. I am really excited to see how the other issues turn out.
This Solo series will be releasing an issue for each of the band members, and each issue will stand alone. Now, I won’t become a diehard KISS fan anytime soon, but this issue was badass and I am glad I gave it a chance. Definitely recommend it; the art alone is beautiful to look at, but the story kept me interested the entire read-through. Now, go grab your leather jacket and nab this issue of KISS! Giving this 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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