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Trehern Reads: KISS: Psycho Circus #5
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Nov. 6, 2013 5:15 p.m.

Don't even try to understand this cover, homes.
Yeah, you read right! Trehern is back after a pretty long October hiatus; rebooting podcasts isn't as easy as it used to be, fella! Anyway, over the course of October, I've managed to READ even more sh*tty comics and slipped in some actual print literature to boot! And to start off Novemeber I thought it proper to introduce you to the lowest rated comic in TREHERN READS' history: KISS: Psycho Circus #5...
Pat (as Paul Stanley): THIS SOUNDS SENSATIONAL!!
We open with a synopsis of issue #4, and even that small paragraph was god-awful. A young woman by the name of ??? is stumbling around a circus and meets a deformed clown and some tall guy in a top hat. The first half of this book, by the way, doesn't even feature KISS, just melo-dramatic references to roses and suicide. By the way, I just came up with the baddest name for my next heavy metal album: RoSeS and SuiSide by Vulcan Rain [1].
Anyway, eventually, we get a look at the KISS members, Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon and of course, Catman. But they aren't rock-n-roll stars; no, that would be too normal. Guys having adventures while on tour? Banging hot groupies? Defeating the housewive-enemies of rock AND of roll? No, that would be interesting storytelling. Instead, let's make these guys spirits of the Earth or some sh*t. Each member represents some etheareal force, and our main character, ???, hallucinates and apparently she's a chosen one or something. It really doesn't matter, I f*cking hated this whole experience, so
My final rating of Kiss: Psycho Circus #5 (1997):
1 out of 10 People Who Actually
Enjoyed this Series
[1] My fictional, Finnish speed-metal group. We are accepting gigs.
[2] Wikipedia: Psycho Circus: In 1997 Image began printing the first officially licensed non-Marvel Kiss comic, Todd McFarlane’s Kiss: Psycho Circus. It lasted for 31 issues and was compiled into four trade paperback issues. The series was based on a tour theme that Kiss were working on at the time, and spawned five magazines that focused on the comic series. Wizard also printed a special edition magazine detailing the characters that appeared throughout the comic series. The series was completed in the year 2000. (Huh. I guess the omitted context had been all part of the plan...)

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