The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of KISS: GREATEST HITS, VOLUME 1 from IDW Publishing. The collection reprints MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL numbers #1 and 5. The stories are by Steve Gerber (#1) and Ralph Macchio (#5). The pencil work is by Alan Weiss, John Buscema, Rich Buckler (#1) and John Romita Jr. (#5) with inks by Al Milgrom (#1) and Tony DeZuniga (#5).

In the first story Paul, Ace, Gene, and Peter receive a box that contains three wooden figures and a star. The items give them powers, costumes and makeup. Doctor Doom appears and tells them that the box belongs to him and, in turn he owns them. The guys must learn to use their powers and battle Doom for their freedom.

In the second story, an evil sorcerer named Khalis-Wu is trying to become more powerful by absorbing emotions and converting it into mystical energy. Our heroes must travel to different places and time periods to stop the sorcerer from becoming all-powerful.

These were a couple of good, solid but not great stories. I like all of the artists involved, but wished the first story had a one creative team for consistency. If you are a fan of the band or just want to take a trip back to the 70s comics (something I like to do), this would be worth your while.

KISS: GREATEST HITS, VOLUME 1 is in stores now and available at www.idwpublishing.com.

~ Thomas 

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