Amory Wars: The Second Stage Turbine Blade Ultimate Edition (Anglais) Relié – 17 août 2010
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The story at this point is supposed to feel like there is something missing...thats because there is...the opening chapter has not been released to the public yet. Think in terms of Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction.
The story shows you the plot and gets you attached to the characters and then will go back and explain who you are really pulling for. (And if I'm not mistaken, the first one or two reveal a little about the past of the main characters) These comics begin telling the story at the beginning of the first album "The Second Stage Turbine Blade", which (as any true Coheed junky would know) is the second chapter in the story. (And it's not that hard to tell what chapter is what based on the albums. The number of the chapter is in the title of the album)
The reason for lack of text and lack of certain characters character development is because there is so much action and suspense building. These stories are building up to a very epic finale (don't want to say too much or ruin it). If anyone has any doubts on where this story is going, then read "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness". That graphic novel shows the beginning of the "end" of the story.
And as for the "simplicity" of the whole thing...i believe that if I were telling a story about a galactic apocalypse, androids, fallen angels, robots that can speak to "God", super powers, baby killing, tragic love stories, deceit, and over all Good v.s. Evil...i would HAVE to at least TRY to tell it in the simplest form possible just so i wouldn't lose the reader in a permanent state of confusion.
(on a side note...for more of a background on the story, there is a "sketchbook" that was released under the Amory Wars title that gives a background on each character and an "extended" look at the original opening of the story...)
Over all, the Amory Wars epic is a very new concept to the world...and, even though it seems to pair with other certain stories at times, it is very original in many ways. I believe it is too early to judge the overall story, but i believe we are in store for greater things.
The collected and the comics themselves get 5 stars!
In short, it's a great base, read Year of the Black Rainbow first. And it's totally worth owning the HC version, it fits nicely next to my YotBR box set.
Now with the comic, the first part drawn by Gus Vasquez is absolutely horrible. It was suppose to be the most dramatic part of the story and it is made to look like some Japanese Pokemon cartoon. Hard to take it seriously. I tolerated it until the back of the comic shows the original Bag Online Adventures version drawn by Wes Abbott, it was awesome.It was gritty realistic dramatic. You actually felt bad for the characters and shown the horrors of the situation the characters were faced with. I especially love how they drawn the priests in this version compare to the newer one. The Bag version made them look dark clouded creatures of some mysterious origin unleashed on man. Where the Gus Vasquez look like some cheesy character about to fight in Dragon Ball z cartoon.
The story on Volume 1 can be confusing on who the characters are and their motivations. A new sci-fi universe that could of been put together a lot better so the dialogue could of sounded less cheesy and situation more clear to people new to the story.
Now on volume 2, the comics story is better written and you actually start to understand what is going on and who the characters are. The comic is drawn like a decent average marvel comic. Cant help to think though that Claudio Sanchez should of hired a better comic writer to help flesh out the story to make it more dramatic. His concepts are sound and the story is good. Character names still have some cheesiness but quit tolerable after awhile.
Cant wait to read the In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth and future comics which will reveal the whole story. I also want to get my hands on the prequel book cause Year of the Black Rainbow was an awesome album with even cool music videos. I have high hopes in Claudio and his band, I think they have the best imaginative albums since Pink Floyd the wall. As they grow i hope their artistic talent grows and maybe hopefully re due this comic series.