Whether or not you enjoy the music that Coheed And Cambria
make, at each and every turn that the band makes, one is required
to give a nod toward their ambition and creativity. This visual
adaptation of their recordings is exactly the kind of thing that
will always set Claudio Sanchez and Co. apart from just
about every other rock band in the world. What Sanchez has set
about to do in this comic is somewhat straightforward in theory:
create a visual representation of what the songs on his records
mean to him. Possibly, explain a little bit of the fragmented
and strange ideas that have hitherto been presented.
Let me get 2 things straight. First, I have never been a fan
of Coheed and Cambria. Their cross of indie rock with punk rock
has never appealed to me for more than just a casual listen
here and there. Second, I grew up reading comic books, and am
a huge fan of the genre for developing creative skills in young
minds, as well as fostering open expression of ideas.
All that said, I was so very impressed with this graphic novel
of The Second Stage Turbine Blade that I had to go back
and listen to the record to see how I had missed some of the things
that I had obviously missed. Well, I felt good about the exercise,
because as far as I can still tell, I missed nothing. So, I decided
to go about this comic the way that I think I should
a stand-alone creative masterpiece for Claudio Sanchez. I have
to separate it from the record and simply enjoy it on its own.
Which is very easy.
The storyline in TSSTB is a bit convoluted. More than
once I found myself going back and re-reading a few pages before
moving on. At this point, I should mention that you will most
likely not feel any real satisfaction at the end of the book,
since this is merely the first in a hopefully long string of books.
So, it is the beginning of the story of Coheed Kilgannon and his
wife Cambria. I don't want to give away details of the story,
as I feel that there is an immense amount of mystique and tension
in the story, and I don't wish to ruin that for anyone. But the
basic outline runs along the line of the stories protagonist Coheed
being forced to make startling realizations about his metahuman
origins, and the consequences of those. Forced to make difficult
decisions while struggling with the reality of his lack of memories,
Coheed is instantly familiar to the reader, and becomes a tragic
hero before the end of this first book.
The graphics, as drawn by Wes Abbott, are incredible,
and the visual appeal of the comic is enough to keep me on the
edge of my seat for the next installment alone. The lines are
clean, the style dark, and the general feeling is a mix between
classic comics and the newer generation of "graphic novels".
The format is comfortable and easy to read for older and younger
The first segment of this story arc consists of six issues of
the comic, which will be gathered and released in book form at
the conclusion, based around the events of the record, The
Second Stage Turbine Blade, released in 2002. In Keeping
Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 will also be adapted into comic
form after that, comprising another 6 issue arc.
Suffice to say, I can hardly wait.
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