Claudio Sanchez, the singer-songwriter and lead guitar player of Coheed and Cambria makes a splash on the comic book scene yet again. For the first time ever, fans of Claudio’s sci-fi lyrics are able to see the second part of his elaborate tale in its’ entirety. The tongue tying In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 was released on store shelves in late 2010, but it’s only now that all of the volumes have been made available in one glorious hard-cover package. With a total of twelve issues at the reasonable price of $29.99 USD, what can you expect from this package?
Well let’s start with the basics. For those of you who don’t know, Coheed and Cambria is a Progressive Rock Opera band formed in 1995. From the very start the band’s front man Claudio Sanchez had it in his mind to tell a continuous story through his lyrics and the music as a whole. Claudio’s desire to write a story was first reflected in the band’s name as Coheed and Cambria are two characters in his world. What began as a story about his trip to Paris (titled The Bag.On.Line Adventures) eventually grew into the surprisingly deep over-arching tale called The Amory Wars.
Summarizing the story of The Amory Wars can be difficult due to the scope. Primarily it’s about a young man named Claudio Kilgannon and his journey to save the universe of Heaven’s Fence from the tyrannical grip of Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan. Wilhelm Ryan’s power is nearly everlasting, his army vast and his intentions pure evil. This is your tried and true story of good versus evil and many themes can be found in other pieces of Science Fiction. What truly separates The Amory Wars apart is the variety of characters and their relation to the world. Characters like Ambellina, an angelic entity who is forced to burn off her own wings in order to be closer to the main character, help steer the narrative away from Sci-Fi stereotypes.
In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 is the second portion of The Amory Wars, continuing the story after Coheed and Cambria’s intense and dramatic final moments. Being the first time this part of the tale has been seen in visual format, it’s no surprise that the talent working on it are good at what they do. Apart from The Amory Wars, Claudio Sanchez has a couple comic books under his belt such as Kill Audio and The Key of Z. In Keeping Secrets is co-written by Peter David who has several notable works (The Incredible Hulk and The X-Factor to name a couple) with art by Chris Burnham (Batman: Incorporated).
At the end of it all the real question that comes to mind is; Is this hard cover collection worth it? The answer is yes and no. For long standing fans of the series you probably already own all the volumes of In Keeping Secrets and truly have no need for a hard cover edition other than to collect it. If you’re new to the realm of the Amory Wars however, now is the perfect time to sink your teeth into it. Even if you want to read the story chronologically, having a copy of all the volumes of In Keeping Secrets on hand will be well worth it to continue your journey. Evil Ink comic books can be difficult to track down at times, so grabbing this one before it’s gone would be a good investment.
In the end, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 won’t be winning any awards anytime soon. If you’re a Sci-Fi enthusiast, a Comic Book collector, or a Music fanatic, you’ll still find The Amory Wars to be an experience unlike any other. Do yourself a favor and grab this hard cover collection and while you’re at it, pick up the Coheed and Cambria album of the same name. Prepare yourself for a journey across Heaven’s Fence.