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KISS's Gene Simmons whips up the heat this summer with 'Dominatrix'
By M&C News Aug 7, 2007, 19:27 GMT
“Comic books and pop culture in general, have always toyed around with the leather/rubber-bound heroine. It\'s sexy and kick-ass. [But] they always skirted the sexuality issue. I decided to meet it head-on. so to speak,” said Simmons.
Starting in August, rock legend Gene Simmons introduces "Dominatrix," his leather-clad heroine with an attitude, to the world. In a series Simmons describes as “T&A meets CIA,” the comic promises compelling action and to raise thermometers a degree or two when she hits store shelves this summer.
Written by Sean Taylor, who also authored “Fishnet Angel,” and illustrated by artists Flavio Hoffe and Esteve Polls (who also illustrated a tale in the debut Simmons Comics Group release, “Gene Simmons House of Horrors”), “Dominatrix” is the story of Dominique Stern, a professional dominatrix who becomes ensnared in a world of government cover-ups and international conspiracies. After a client loses his composure during an intense session and blurts out top-secret information, Dominique finds herself a reluctant superhero, who must save herself, her friends, the jerk who got her into the mess, and quite possibly her country.
“Dominatrix' came to me in a flash,” says series-creator Simmons. “Comic books and pop culture in general, have always toyed around with the leather/rubber-bound heroine. It's sexy and kick-ass. [But] they always skirted the sexuality issue. I decided to meet it head-on. so to speak.”
Simmons based the character on a semi-real dominatrix he knows socially.
“After talking with her about the lifestyle,” he says, “[I] combined it with clandestine "Manchurian Candidate" and Nick Fury's Hydra stuff [a super-spy from Marvel Comics]... oh, yes, and pills. Special pills.”
To complete the spicy story and package, the first comic book is graced with a sexy, painted cover (also available as a poster) by "CVO" creator Alex Garner, who will provide covers for each issue.
“Gene Simmons' Dominatrix #1” will be available in August and is available for pre-order now. Visit Simmons Comics for more information.