DARK HORSE COMIC BOOK SERIES

Dark Horse KISS Novels

Isssue #1

Rock & Roll's most outrageous icons return, bigger, badder, louder, and more powerful than ever before. KISS is back in comics. One of the comic industry's hottest young writers, Joe Casey (Superman, Wildcats, X-Men), takes the KISS comics phenomenon in a bold new direction. In the years following the split-up of these four super-powered warriors, they've followed very separate paths. The Demon is a bounty hunter; The Starchild lives with a race of women warriors in South America; The Celestial is cruising the solar system with no human contact; and The Beast King's getting in touch with his bestial side. When Beast King finally goes too far, the others realize they have to band together to save his humanity. But there's another hand at work, pushing the Four Who Are One into a corner. Collecting the first four issues of the ongoing series!

This title contains: KISS #1-3

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
ISBN: 1-56971-879-2

Return Of The Phantom - June 11, 2003

After a rocky reunion, the members of KISS have once again joined forces to protect the world from evil. But personalities clash and sparks fly as they revisit the problems which led to their break up in the first place.

Meanwhile, clues in recent attacks on the city point the return of a foe from the past. KISS must now finish what they started years ago, as they do battle with the Phantom of the Park and his deadly robot minions!

* Sequel to KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park!

ISBN: 1-56971-892-X

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Men and Monsters - October 8, 2003

On the hard streets of New York, there are dangers lurking around every corner--often poised to strike at the most innocent of victims. Then there are the dangers we can't even see, those from worlds and dimensions we know nothing about.

Extreme dangers call for extreme heroes, and world-famous rock band-turned-superheroes KISS are here to answer the call! Immerse yourself in a world where your greatest fears and deepest fantasies come to life, where you fight alongside Mr. Speed and Christine 16, and where monsters are real--but the heroes are real kick-ass!

Collects issues #7-10 of the fan-favorite KISS monthly comic-book series.

By: Scott Lobdell , Mike Baron , Mel Rubi
Cover Artist: Mel Rubi

Unholy War - February 4, 2004

The Demon, Starchild, Beast King, and the Celestial have been working and fighting side-by-side through the ages. Now, these superpowered beings are putting everything on the line, and their differences aside, to save the future of humanity from the darkest of threats -- the malevolent and terrifying entity known as The Unholy. It's not going to be easy, especially now that they're fighting the battle on The Unholy's terms, and on his terrain -- an apocalyptic other dimension where flying beasts lie in wait to attack, and there are no rules to the game, except those that will benefit his dark majesty.

The world has never known a danger as real as The Unholy...then again, the world has never known heroes like KISS! Strap yourself in for a rockin' rollercoaster of terror and triumph, as KISS battles the ultimate evil in KISS: Unholy War.

Writer: Mike Baron
Penciller: Mel Rubi
Inker: Derek Fridolfs
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Colorist: Michelle Madsen

Dark Horse Comics Release Dates

Issue # 1 - July 24, 2002

You've never seen KISS like this!
The most ass-kicking rock band returns to comics, written by the most rockin' of young comics writers. Joe Casey (Superman, Wildcats, X-Men) presents a bold new direction for KISS -- years after the split-up of these four super-powered warriors, they've followed very separate paths. The Demon is a bounty hunter; The Starchild lives with a race of women warriors in South America; The Spaceman is cruising the solar system with no human contact; and The Catman's getting in touch with his bestial side. When Catman finally goes too far, the others know they have to band together to save the Catman's humanity. But there's another hand at work, pushing the Four Who Are One into a corner. This new comic, overseen by Gene Simmons, turns the ultimate rock-and-roll icons into the ultimate superhero team. Joe Casey, who's dealt with every kind of super power, to the delight of mainstream fans, gives Dark Horse a superhero book to rival any. Mel Rubi, hot off the superhero-style revamp of Joss Whedon's Angel, reinterprets KISS with a dynamism rivalled only by their stage show, and J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl) and Leinil Francis Yu (X-men, High Roads) trade off cover duties. This ain't your daddy's comics...

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: J. Scott Campbell

Issue # 2 - August 21, 2002

Gene Simmons told us he wanted a straight-up superhero treatment for KISS, so we got the very best -- Joe Casey, writer of X-Men, Superman, and WildC.A.T.S., has created a whole new KISS!

This issue, the Demon takes on the Catman! Peter Criss has lost control of his beastly persona, and only Gene Simmons -- wrestling with his own dark side -- can stop him.

Casey teams with Mel Rubi, artist of Dark Horse's hit Angel series for a rock and rollicking good time, with front man J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl!) providing covers on the first two issues, followed by Leinil Francis Yu (High Roads) next month.

You wanted the best, Dark Horse is giving you the best!

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fidolfs
Cover by: J. Scott Campbell

 

Issue # 3 - October 2, 2002

The Catman's bestial rampage ends just in time for KISS to confront a foe from their old days as the world's greatest superheroes.

Joe Casey (writer of X-Men, Superman, and WildC.A.T.S.) and Mel Rubi (penciller for Dark Horse's hit Angel series) give you a superhero book to top them all, with the most outrageous rock icons of all time.

Cover by High Roads and X-Men artist Leinil Francis Yu!

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu

Issue # 4 - December 4, 2002

Sparks fly and personalities clash as the team tries to get life back to normal. The Beast King continues to undergo treatment which should return him to his old charming self. In the mean time, Gene and Paul pay a visit to an old nemesis who now lies comatose in a mental institution. Trouble breaks loose as a robotic double of the Demon wreaks havoc on the city. Plus, more action ensues as The Celestial and the Beast King do battle with a new foe that goes by the name of "The Detonator."

Joe Casey writes, and Mel Rubi draws the action-packed fourth issue of the hard rockin' new KISS series from Dark Horse!

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 5 - December 18, 2002

It's robot madness as our mad scientist sets in motion his plan for the ultimate revenge against the boys of KISS. Internal troubles are more dangerous, as the Starchild takes a psychedelic journey into the Celestial's alien mind to save him, and the Demon's evil robotic double has infiltrated the Simmons Foundation to take on the Beast King.

Joe Casey writes and Mel Rubi draws the action-packed fifth issue of the hard rockin' new KISS comic!

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 6 - January 29, 2003

It's knock-down, drag-out fisticuffs in the hard-rocking, ass-kicking sixth issue of KISS as we wrap up their long-overdue second go-round with the Phantom.

The team must defeat their evil robot counterparts in deadly, hand-to-hand combat, in the classic comic-book tradition, as flesh and blood meets heavy metal!

Don't miss the conclusion to this fantastic 3-part story arc written by comic superstar Joe Casey (Wild CATS, X-Men) and drawn by Mel Rubi (Angel).

Written by: Joe Casey
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 7 - February 26, 2003

The hottest young girl on the Lower East Side's been invited to a rave, but it turns out she's the only guest -- and the main course. A beautiful young girl's life at stake. Sounds like a perfect job for returned super-group KISS. Instead, the new ace in town, Mr. Speed comes to the rescue!

Designed by Scott Kolins (The Flash), who provides this month's in-your-face cover, this fast-moving new guy on the block poses more problems for the Four Who Are One, who aren't sure if he's friend or foe.

Beginning an explosive new direction in the comic, new writer Scott Lobdell (Buffy, High Roads, X-Men) and guest artist Peter Vale pull out all the stops in this action-packed, stand-alone story.

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Pencilled by: Peter Vale
Inked by: Julio Ferriera
Cover by: Scott Kolins

Issue # 8 - March 26, 2003

A messy fight with a hideous monster in the middle of Mardi Gras calls attention to problems with the Four Who Are One's team dynamic. While some have embraced their KISS identities, other members of the team are struggling to hang on to their humanity. Meanwhile, a seductive new character thickens the plot, but is she a friend or could she prove to be a deadly foe?

Scott Lobdell (Buffy, Highroads, X-Men) kicks off a new 3 issue story arc with regular KISS artist Mel Rubi for issue number 8 of KISS; "This Man This Monster" part one.

Written by: Scott Lobdell & Mike Baron
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs

Issue # 9 - April 30, 2003

KISS continues to rock in part two of Scott Lobdell's story arc, "This Man, This Monster" in which the Four Who Are One explore their dual identities. Is there a man inside the Beast King, and is the Demon headed down the same inhuman path? And is the Celestial completely above the world of men, or can the Starchild bring him back? Who are the Four Who Are One? And who are they meant to be?

"This Man, This Monster" part two is in your face this April from Scott (Buffy, Highroads, X-Men) Lobdell and monthly KISS artist Mel Rubi. Don't miss it!

* The cover to KISS #9 is part two of an amazing mini poster when combined with part one KISS cover #8!

By: Scott Lobdell & Mel Rubi
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 10 - May 14, 2003

Don't miss the final chapter of "This Man, This Monster" as the KISS monthly series hits its tenth kick-ass issue!

She's lean, she's mean, she's Christine 16! When the multi-national conglomerate that created her decides she must be destroyed, it's up to KISS to protect this new life form. Increasingly uncertain of their own humanity, The Demon, The Star Child, The Beast King and The Celestial, realize defending Christine 16 is going to be a challenge like nothing they've faced before!

The conclusion to "This Man, This Monster" is in your face in May from Mike Baron (Nexus) and Mel Rubi (Angel, X-Men).

By: Mike Baron & Mel Rubi
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 11 - July 16, 2003

The Demon, Starchild, Beast King, and the Celestial probe the genetic mysteries behind the bizarre transformations of the young woman named Christine 16; meanwhile all Hell breaks loose across Manhattan as a storm of hideous monsters rains down on a terrified city.

This monstrous maelstrom might be a bit much for even KISS to handle, but when has that ever stopped them from putting up a fight? Ever closer to unraveling the dark secrets of the Unholy--and restoring the lost humanity of the people he's victimized --The Four Who Are One embark on a mission of terrifying and apocalyptic proportions.

Mel Rubi does it up monster-style in the wildest issue of KISS yet, in a story conceived by Nexus creator Mike Baron and Gene Simmons himself! .

Written by: Mike Baron
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 12 - August 20, 2003

While investigating a sudden surge in the Earth's monster population, the internally embattled Four Who Are One--along with their newest recruits, Christine 16 and Mr. Speed--are sucked into another, terrifying dimension. This horrifying, desolate world--as well as the monster crisis that's taken the Earth by storm--is clearly the work of the Unholy.

Soon, our heroes' greatest fears are brought to life and inflicted upon each of them, rendering each one crippled with despair and self-loathing, while the Unholy's powers grow ever stronger. Can KISS make it out of this alive--and save the future of humanity in the process--or will their petty, human differences seal their ultimate fate?

Written by: Mike Baron
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi

Issue # 13 - September 10, 2003

The Demon ...a shriveled old man, devoid of life and the will to fight. The Celestial ...an apathetic outsider, unwilling to step up to help his long-time comrades, or anything else for that matter. Someone--or something--has brought the greatest fears of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and the other members of KISS to bizarre and terrifying life! What exactly is happening to the superheroes known as The Four Who Are One, and what does it have to do with the bizarre bombardment of monsters raining down on the streets of Manhattan? The answers will be found in the Hall of The Unholy...

Written by: Mike Baron
Pencilled by: Mel Rubi
Inked by: Derek Fridolfs
Cover by: Mel Rubi