Kit’s Comics In Review – The Last of Us and KISS Solo

After relaxing for a week and getting over my Amazing-Las-Vegas-Comic-Con-coma, I am ready to read some comics! This week I wanted to catch up with two comics I had reviewed in the past. I always like to check in and see if I still enjoy it or if a comic has revived my interest. This week I’m returning to KISS Solo and Last of Us!

LastofUs
The Last of Us: American Dreams #3 (of 4)
Writer: Hicks, Faith Erin
Artist: Hicks, Faith Erin
Cover Artist: Tedesco, Julian Totino
On Sale Date: June 26, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse
I picked up the Last of Us video game just a few days ago and I am in love with it. Chase gave a Video Game Review and I have to agree that is a beautiful piece of artwork along with an amazing game. Every chance I get, my significant other and I are glued to our TV, sneaking past clickers and fighting off crazy humans. After reviewing issue #2 I figured this game would be pretty cool, but I never thought it would be this captivating. The game reminded me that the series wasn’t completed yet, so I decided to check in with issue 3 and see where Ellie and Riley are in their journey.
This issue spells trouble for Ellie and Riley; zombies swarm them and when the Fireflies show up, Ellie can sense that something isn’t right. A woman in the group seems to know Ellie pretty well and the issue ends with the girls getting kidnapped. Being about halfway done with the video game, I have a good idea of where issue 4 will take us. The artwork was still solid and consistent; my only complaint is that the zombies in the comic weren’t as creepy as the ones in the game.
Part of me wishes the comic series ended before the video game was released. I’m going to read issue four to see how it ties in with the game, hoping it will have a good reason for being published alongside it. I still enjoy the comic and the game is well worth your money. A beautiful franchise and I hope to see more from Naughty Dog and The Last of Us series. I am giving this issue 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

 

KISS
KISS Solo: The Demon #4 of 4
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Castro, Roberto
Cover Artist: Medina, Angel
On Sale Date: June 26, 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing
I was really surprised I liked this series when I read issue one; the heavy metal art style and interesting storyline peaked my interest. KISS Solo is strangely beautiful and eclectic. With this being the last issue of the series, I wanted to see the collection come to a close.
Issue #4 centers around The Catman and his struggle to save his love interest, Ixchel, from becoming a ritualistic sacrifice. This issue had a strong “Savage Land/Conan” feel to it with women in animal skin bikinis and the men in loincloths. The story wasn’t half bad and the art kept the “vintage-tribute” feel. Since this issue had a different artist, the art style I fell in love with in issue one was nonexistent. The rock-on, kick-ass style of the Demon’s issue was lackluster here. Each of the KISS Solo issues were supposed to be separate from one another, but the rest of the KISS gang comes to lend The Catman a helping hand. I was really rooting for these issues to stay separated, remaining a unique series to collect. Although the encounter was funny and caught me off guard, I was a little disappointed that The Catman couldn’t get out of this turmoil himself.
Even though this series did not revert to the cheesiness of incorporating KISS’ music career into the comic, this issue slowly extinguished the excitement I had. I hope I can go back and read issues 2 and 3 to enjoy this series again, but issue 4 just didn’t have that kick-ass and take names vibe that issue one did. For now, I’m giving this issue 2.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls. Sorry Catman! Adam West did it better (Fairly Oddparents pun, anyone?).