Kiss™ Psycho Circus
©Image - (1997-1999) - 31 Issue Series
©Kiss Catalog, Inc.
Published by the Todd McFarlane studio at Image, Kiss: Psycho Circus is more than just an homage to the over-the-top rockers of yore. Like the Marvel Kiss specials that preceded it by some two decades, it attempts to cast the members of a rock glam band as mythical figures. Unlike that earlier effort, however, Kiss: Psycho Circus actually succeeds.
The result is far more surreal than you might imagine. Employing an art style made famous on comics such as Spawn, it tells of a “circus” of sorts where four “creatures of pure spirit, encompassing aspects of both dark and light, heaven and hell” pass judgment upon the living. These are the Demon (a.k.a. Gene Simmons in the real band), the Starbearer (Ace Frehley), the Celestial (Paul Stanley), and the King of Beasts (drummer Peter Criss). With not a trace of self-effacement, and prose as purple as it comes, Psycho Circus is nevertheless effective as pure comic fantasy.