Comics: Archie offers a KISS to the apocalypseWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
We know how it is: You’ve got those Archie aficionados and KISS crazies on your holiday list and just don’t know what to get them this year. We feel your pain, but just in time for the season a single answer appears like a guiding star in the night — a funny book to please them all. Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop calls the ground-breaking comic a “sure sign of the apocalypse.”
“Written by Alex Segura and with art by Dan Parent, this wasn’t quite the trainwreck I thought it might have been,” Collins said. “Archie No. 627, ‘Archie Meets KISS,’ is the first of four issues featuring the Creatures of the Night. I would have never thought of KISS and Archie in the same sentence before, but to be fair there was an Archie/Punisher crossover many years back. This also features Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who provides the proverbial glue that brings it all together. She has decided that Riverdale is in need of a protection spell; to cast said spell she enlists the help of the Chok’lit Shoppe gang. Veronica and Reggie are left out — they think it’s stupid and decide to figure out how to cast their own spell.
“What’s the worst that could happen?’ you may ask. Plenty! As Sabrina is casting her spell, Veronica interrupts and instead of protection it brings the very monsters that they were hoping to avoid. Then, KISS shows up to go after the monsters and right the wrong. Archie, Sabrina and the rest of the gang feel they have to help, so that’s the basis of this soon-to-be classic. If you’re a die-hard KISS fan, your collection will never be complete without this. Plus, could you live without seeing the Riverdale Zombies?”
As Collins notes, this is the first of a four-part redheaded classic rock adventure between the perennial teenagers and the infamous heavy metal quartet, the second of which also ships this month. For those of you who were worried, the KISS line-up in Archie No. 627 is the classic stage personas of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. We got your Demon, Starchild, Catman and Spaceman right here.