One of my all-time favorite bands is Coheed and Cambria. Their music is insanely good, each album follows the "perfect mixtape" formula. It goes hard, it gets a little poppy at times, it has big upbeat numbers, it has slow melodic ballads. As the kids these day say "its a bop" or "it slaps." What I had always known existed were comics that played into the greater universe describing the "Armory Wars" that the albums help dive into. I thought what I had were the first two issues of this series. What I discovered in the backmatter, is I hold the two original comics which were distributed before the series as we know it now, exists. So, I was excited to pick this book up, turn the titular album on, and let the entire universe unfold itself to me...
The Armory Wars: Second Stage Turbine Blade: Ultimate Edition (Boom! Studios and Evil Ink)
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Coheed awakes from a dream, where he wakes up screaming about men putting blades in his skin. Cambria attempts to calm him back to sleep, and once successful, you know that she felt his nightmare as well. When breakfast happens the next morning, Coheed is terrified when he sees his oldest son Claudio (unbeknownst to him) drawing the vision from his father's dream. Later that day, Coheed is stopped from leaving his work by a representative from the government where Coheed is told he has a deadly virus (Monstar) in him and his children have a mutation (Sinstar) which cannot be destroyed and if it continues to grow with them, everyone will die. Coheed has one simple mission, to kill his children, and he and his wife will be transported to Earth where the Monstar virus will be destroyed.
After poisoning the twins, and killing Josephine with a hammer, Coheed proclaims that he cannot kill Claudio, but Claudio never comes home (he missed curfew). With three of four dead, Coheed and Cambria board their transport for Earth, where they eventually figure out the plot was a ruse.
We also learn that an anti-terrorist organization used to exist, the KBI (the Knowledge, the Beast, and the Inferno). As we learn about the history of the organization, Cambria and Coheed discover they are the Knowledge and Beast (respectively) and the Inferno is Coheed's "brother." All three of them are genetically re-programmed cyborg-ish individuals who were actually created to be tools of the terrorist themselves. Their memories were wiped, and they were all implanted with "normal" memories. But, slowly, they remember who they were, what they could do as the KBI and they are ready to use their powers to take down the tyrannical leader who wants to disrupt the harmony of the 78 planets.
I could go on much, much more and I want too, but you would stop reading, if you haven't already. But what plays its way out throughout the entirety of the first arc (or two volumes) of the series is a classic battle between a tyrannical government a rebellion, and two prior soldiers fighting to discover who and what they are and how they can take down the monsters which made them who they are.
I listened to the album while reading this volume, and it was a trip. A real "dark side of the rainbow" type moment. I am more than excited to continue with the next three albums (In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth III and both volumes of God Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV) and keeping this rolling. It was a phenominal experiment, and if you are adverse to finding these books on Amazon, then some of them are challenging to find, but WORTH IT if you do!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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