What the critics think of Last
(Direct links to full reviews
included when possible.)
LAST KISS debuted to deserved acclaim in COMICS
BUYER'S GUIDE, the weekly newspaper of comicdom.
Almost immediately, readers began asking Lustig
for complete stories, nay, verily, an entire comic
of this love-struck madness and he was good enough
to oblige us. LAST KISS #2…features a cover by Dick
Giordano AND a new story ("Widow Ms. Muffet")
written by Lustig and drawn by Giordano…The new
story is as funny as the rewritten ones...It's a
wonderful collection of sadistic romantic mirth
with one story ("Remember to Forget Me")
being so good I darn near hurt myself laughing.
ONLINE TIPS for September 10, 2001
...I’m sure you’ve guessed that I loved this
comic. I grew up buying Charlton Romance comics
at the local convenience store and I get a big kick
out of seeing them appear again albeit in a much
different and far funnier form. If you’re a fan
of the romance comics genre or just a fan of humor
comics, buy Last Kiss and support this unique title.
J. Hodge, Flooby Reviews
I have three heroes. General George Armstrong
Custer, General George S. Patton and John Lustig!
The reason John was thrown in is because he
delivers with EXTREME humor in Last Kiss! I
laughed my bottom off! Can you imagine having
a THICK Last Kiss in your hands with humor throughout
the comic book? Well, stop rocking the boat,
because it's here…In this fabulous issue, we get
some original artwork by the legendary Dick Giordano!
There is a writing contest, yep you can write
your own Last Kiss material! Great stuff all
the way around. Damn it, I love this stuff!
-- Paul Dale Roberts Sept. 7, 2001 Jazma
And, if possible, the second (issue) is even
funnier than the first. Lustig manages to be flat-out
filthy without being offensive and keeps tongue
firmly in cheek while skewering romance conventions,
gender roles, and--gulp--comic-book fans. And the
legendary Dick Giordano provides art both old and
new. What more could a naughty fanboy want?
-- Captain Comics (Andrew Smith) syndicated newspaper
& web columnist
LAST KISS is a great mixture of two or three
genres. First take a classic romance comic,
FIRST KISS, from the sixties. Next re-script
the entire story in a humorous tilt. Finally, spice
liberally, sometimes, with comic reading and collecting
jokes…John has been doing this as a strip in Comic
Buyer's Guide for a long time, and it is a favorite
of mine each week. Now he has put together
another issue of entire stories and much more…Looking
for something really different? Want to have
a few good laughs after all the action, horror and
teenage angst of the usual stuff? Think you
can script a funny story? It is all there
and worth your time.
-- David LeBlanc, Editor of the Comic Book Net
Electronic Magazine, Sept. 14, 2001
Lustig's work should appeal to nearly every comics
fan, and, although some of the comics-related jokes
may escape non-comics fans, there's plenty here
for them, as well...Grade A.
-- Brent Frankenhoff, Projects Editor of Comics
Last Kiss is a fantastic comic from John Lustig...Imagine
all those poignant stories about lost love, unrequited
love, desire, and passion, but with the thoughts
and words twisted stylings of someone like Jim Carrey,
Gilda Radner, or Evan Dorkin writing the dialogue.
It's better than any SNL or other comedic skit...I
STRONGLY encourage all of you to check it out.
-- Jennifer M. Contino
...the best line out of the entire book is from
the story entitled: Remember To Forget Me! — "Good
Lord! I'm queerer than a Wayne Newton fan club!"
Now when I was reading this, I was enjoying an excellent
French meal alone and that line had me laughing
so hard that I frightened the other patrons...As
with the first issue, if you have a sick, twisted,
sarcastic sense of humor, you're going to love this
-- Jayleigh Murray
And while I found the first story kind of flat,
overall, I was entertained by the alterations done
in the stories and strips...I especially liked the
'Royal Romance' story and 'Remember to Forget Me!',
both of these stories were fun and bubbly in particular.
Nor are we exclusively at the rather benign mercy
of Mr. Lustig, since he has two winning entries
in a 'write your own dialogue' contest displayed,
and anther contest beginning in this issue...I did
find some of the emphasis on comic book humor in
the titles to be tiring, but the author hopefully
is beginning to realize that, as he asks for the
new contest that entrants try to steer clear of
-- Heidi Payne
Kiss #1 review by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer