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From Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez, comes a deeper look into the saga behind their best-selling debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade! Coheed and Cambria lead a seemingly normal, quiet life with their four children. Yet when villainous forces behind the mysterious keywork reveal hard hitting truth's behind the couple's real nature, a battle begins that crosses a From Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez, comes a deeper look into the saga behind their best-selling debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade! Coheed and Cambria lead a seemingly normal, quiet life with their four children. Yet when villainous forces behind the mysterious keywork reveal hard hitting truth's behind the couple's real nature, a battle begins that crosses all worlds!


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From Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez, comes a deeper look into the saga behind their best-selling debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade! Coheed and Cambria lead a seemingly normal, quiet life with their four children. Yet when villainous forces behind the mysterious keywork reveal hard hitting truth's behind the couple's real nature, a battle begins that crosses a From Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez, comes a deeper look into the saga behind their best-selling debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade! Coheed and Cambria lead a seemingly normal, quiet life with their four children. Yet when villainous forces behind the mysterious keywork reveal hard hitting truth's behind the couple's real nature, a battle begins that crosses all worlds!

30 review for The Amory Wars, Volume 1: The Second Stage Turbine Blade

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    (First and foremost, I read all of the books in this series so I will be posting a full series review if that’s possible, thanks.) The Amory Wars: The Second Stage Turbine Blade, starts off running, you are thrown into the dream of one, Coheed Killgannon who you later learn is part of an anti terrorist group called the KBI. He dreams about killing a space crew and escaping a space station. He later learns that the dream he has is part of a disease called Monstar which he passed on through hered (First and foremost, I read all of the books in this series so I will be posting a full series review if that’s possible, thanks.) The Amory Wars: The Second Stage Turbine Blade, starts off running, you are thrown into the dream of one, Coheed Killgannon who you later learn is part of an anti terrorist group called the KBI. He dreams about killing a space crew and escaping a space station. He later learns that the dream he has is part of a disease called Monstar which he passed on through heredity to his children. His wife, Cambria also has this disease and is also part of the KBI. About halfway through the first volume you meet Deftinwolf who tells Coheed that he has to kill his children because it is the only way for the universe to survive. The children of the couple have the Sinstar Virus is an evolution of the Monstar. Sinstar is able to shut down stars by cooling them down. So it could potentially destroy the universe. It becomes increasingly difficult for the two, because Coheed poisons his first two children and can’t make the decision on how to kill the other two. The book however primarily focuses on Claudio, the only surviving child, and his experience through heavens fence (The Universe). My opinion about this book is really positive. I loved this series, it was absolutely perfect. Every word fit the situation and it was really exciting. While also showing how much it would suck to be chased 3 superpowers. It shows love really well too, this is one of the books you can’t really explain accurately because too much happens to really explain in under an hour, Or in this case, in under 10 pages. The entire story seems unbelievable, but borderline realistic. If I was able to rate this book, I would rate it considerably higher than the rubric allows. At least 20/5, but for purposes of this review I will keep it to 5/5. As I said in my opinion the words fit seemingly perfect together. It also gives you the option to listen to music by the band, Coheed and Cambria, to further understand the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Two and a half stars. Unimpressive art and somewhat boring plot / characters, but something is drawing me in, so I'll probably read more. Stupid Coheed and Cambria being so awesome I can't help but read their crappy comics. Two and a half stars. Unimpressive art and somewhat boring plot / characters, but something is drawing me in, so I'll probably read more. Stupid Coheed and Cambria being so awesome I can't help but read their crappy comics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robb Bridson

    I'm not sure exactly how disappointed I am. I like Coheed & Cambria, and I love the idea of a prog rock band that makes all their albums about an epic scifi story. What could be even more awesomely geeky? Comic books to go along with the albums. Now I never really paid much attention to the lyrics, so the graphic novel is my first real exposure to the story. The concept is fine. Even interesting. But, my god, the writing is terrible. And the art seems a little too Disney for the story... The worst p I'm not sure exactly how disappointed I am. I like Coheed & Cambria, and I love the idea of a prog rock band that makes all their albums about an epic scifi story. What could be even more awesomely geeky? Comic books to go along with the albums. Now I never really paid much attention to the lyrics, so the graphic novel is my first real exposure to the story. The concept is fine. Even interesting. But, my god, the writing is terrible. And the art seems a little too Disney for the story... The worst part, what made it impossible for me to enjoy this, is the narrative bubbles. They read like the on-screen text on a Korean variety show, either speaking the obvious or telling what the artist and writer didn't feel like showing. The dialogue was bad but not horribly so... but the narrative... ugh. Also, and maybe this is petty, the prise annoyed me. They were female and naked, but they are Barbie dolls. So either the artist was going for excessive nudity without passing a PG-13 point, but has never heard of using angles and shadows to hide naughty bits... or these creatures have no nipples or genitalia, and there is no reason for them to be shaped like Playboy models. I can't decide which is worse, and the story was progressing in a dull enough way that I was distracted by this enigma.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    This was not as bad as I feared it would be but not as good as I hoped it could be too. Being a comic based on concept albums of a prog rock band, really a lot could have gone wrong with this. The reality is, it's a decent enough sci-fi comic, but it's also not really like... exceptional? It was more coherent than I was fearing it would be but also... it takes itself super seriously and it is like... a little ridiculous at times? I mean one guys name is Mayo Deftinwolf. A plot point involves wea This was not as bad as I feared it would be but not as good as I hoped it could be too. Being a comic based on concept albums of a prog rock band, really a lot could have gone wrong with this. The reality is, it's a decent enough sci-fi comic, but it's also not really like... exceptional? It was more coherent than I was fearing it would be but also... it takes itself super seriously and it is like... a little ridiculous at times? I mean one guys name is Mayo Deftinwolf. A plot point involves weaponized dragon flies. I wonder how this comic would come across to someone unfamiliar with Coheed and Cambria as a band. I do think the Coheed superfan would probably really appreciate this. I do appreciate that they also included the 2 first comics from when this whole concept was known as "Bag Online Adventures" instead of "Amory Wars." The redone comics are a big leap forward from these, but it's interesting to see the humble beginnings. Ultimately, decent enough but room for it to be better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I’m a gigantic Coheed and Cambria’s fan, but this book is just...alright. I think the biggest problem is that it throws so much info at you, but you have no time to really process what any of it means. Characters appear to behave irrationally, though you feel like you could maybe understand what they’re doing if you knew their perspective. It feels like I’m eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation and have no context to what they’re talking about—which, considering I’ve been listening to Coh I’m a gigantic Coheed and Cambria’s fan, but this book is just...alright. I think the biggest problem is that it throws so much info at you, but you have no time to really process what any of it means. Characters appear to behave irrationally, though you feel like you could maybe understand what they’re doing if you knew their perspective. It feels like I’m eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation and have no context to what they’re talking about—which, considering I’ve been listening to Coheed and Cambria for about 15 years now, should not be the case. I know I’m technically picking up a book or two in the series, but no book should be this baffling. Also, it’s got that dumb stuff of showing women naked/almost naked all the time, and also a ton of totally unnecessary violence against them, with men left to feel sad about them as fuel for their own adventure. It’s dumb. Why was Claudio the one to survive and not Josephine? That would be more compelling—someone who has gone through hell and now is fighting to survive. Give me that story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luis

    I LOVE COHEED AND CAMBRIA

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ian Hrabe

    I loved these albums when they were coming out in the early 00s and was desperate to have the actual story in front of me as I was listening as the songs don't really do a good job providing context for what is happening. Well, here's the context. The world Claudio Sanchez has built is a fascinating one, but the storytelling, writing, and art are plainly amateurish. It's a shame because Sanchez's songwriting is pretty dang good, and this is an excellent example of how someone relatively astute i I loved these albums when they were coming out in the early 00s and was desperate to have the actual story in front of me as I was listening as the songs don't really do a good job providing context for what is happening. Well, here's the context. The world Claudio Sanchez has built is a fascinating one, but the storytelling, writing, and art are plainly amateurish. It's a shame because Sanchez's songwriting is pretty dang good, and this is an excellent example of how someone relatively astute in one medium can't quite hang in another.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dragoonfliy

    Weird, more than a little confusing, and not really in the good way. I might've liked it more if I was into Coheed & Cambria, but also I might not have because rape, yikes. Weird, more than a little confusing, and not really in the good way. I might've liked it more if I was into Coheed & Cambria, but also I might not have because rape, yikes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Sanchez's storytelling is way more effective in music form, but I still think I'll finish all the issues. Sanchez's storytelling is way more effective in music form, but I still think I'll finish all the issues.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ktholzherr

    A disjointed disappointment. So much potential not enough pages. I look forward to the remake of this and hopefully Claudio can tell the story better with a better artist and more of a budget.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Williams

    this is quite possibly the worst comic book I've ever read, and i read a lot of 90s marvel. this is quite possibly the worst comic book I've ever read, and i read a lot of 90s marvel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matt Bromagin

    First things first. I really do enjoy this band. I like the concept story behind the albums and always enjoyed scouring the internet looking for details to string together. Unfortunately, I'm not here to tell you that this comic is bad because I now have the story put out there in a readable format and that has taken away from that fun. Nope. Not at all. First off, readable format? It's about as coherent as a bunch of pieced together song lyrics (go figure). It jumps around so much. I'm hoping the First things first. I really do enjoy this band. I like the concept story behind the albums and always enjoyed scouring the internet looking for details to string together. Unfortunately, I'm not here to tell you that this comic is bad because I now have the story put out there in a readable format and that has taken away from that fun. Nope. Not at all. First off, readable format? It's about as coherent as a bunch of pieced together song lyrics (go figure). It jumps around so much. I'm hoping they were just trying to tell as much as they could as quickly as possible since they didn't know how long the series would actually stay in print. Hell, Coheed pretty much gets told he has to kill his children and then just does it. There is very little in place that shows he had much of a problem coming to terms with this. I think Claudio needs to stick to song writing. I've read a couple self-published comics with very little talent behind them, printed more for fun or as a hobby, that had better writing than this. This was a mess. The art is atrocious. Quite easily the worst art I've ever seen in a comic series. It looks like it gets progressively worse too, as if the artist just stopped caring. Seriously. If for any reason I ever need to clear out my comics or trades, this will be the first in the discard stack. Finishing up here, I am a rather huge fan of Coheed and Cambria's music. I came into this wanting to absolutely love it. This was a colossal disappointment. Especially when you consider that I very much dislike the band My Chemical Romance, but I would recommend Gerard Way's Umbrella Academy to anybody with eyes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Campbell

    Although I read this serially, I have to say that I was quite impressed with the story-telling ability of Claudio Sanchez. Although I am a huge fan of Coheed & Cambria, I was never certain whether or not the comics would be able to portray the enigmas that are ever present in the lyrics of their songs. The story translates beautifully, however, with wonderful artwork accompanying a compelling storyline. Although sometimes very brutal, the graphic novel explores the origin of the Crowing, and if Although I read this serially, I have to say that I was quite impressed with the story-telling ability of Claudio Sanchez. Although I am a huge fan of Coheed & Cambria, I was never certain whether or not the comics would be able to portray the enigmas that are ever present in the lyrics of their songs. The story translates beautifully, however, with wonderful artwork accompanying a compelling storyline. Although sometimes very brutal, the graphic novel explores the origin of the Crowing, and if you are a fan of Coheed & Cambria, you will not want to miss this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lulu

    I'm not one for Sci-fi necessarily, but I absolutely love the band Coheed & Cambria and their albums focus on The Amory Wars. It was also written by their frontman, Claudio Sanchez. Essentially, It is about the romance between the "anti-terrorists" Coheed Kilgannon and Cambria Kilgannon, which were designed to protect the 79 planets bonded by the keyforce. There's much to this to try to condense, but take my word for it! It's is absolutely amazing and brilliant! I'm not one for Sci-fi necessarily, but I absolutely love the band Coheed & Cambria and their albums focus on The Amory Wars. It was also written by their frontman, Claudio Sanchez. Essentially, It is about the romance between the "anti-terrorists" Coheed Kilgannon and Cambria Kilgannon, which were designed to protect the 79 planets bonded by the keyforce. There's much to this to try to condense, but take my word for it! It's is absolutely amazing and brilliant!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Coheed and Cambria are one of my favourite bands. I wanted to love this and have wanted to read it for years, I was so excited to finally immerse myself in the world Claudio has created, I was hoping reading the comics would make the story become more clear to me but I still feel confused! I have more to say but I don't have time to write it all down now so maybe I will come back to this review if I remember.... Coheed and Cambria are one of my favourite bands. I wanted to love this and have wanted to read it for years, I was so excited to finally immerse myself in the world Claudio has created, I was hoping reading the comics would make the story become more clear to me but I still feel confused! I have more to say but I don't have time to write it all down now so maybe I will come back to this review if I remember....

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    This clarifies some of the backstory behind the Second Stage album. The artwork is clean but a bit simplistic. The background designs and shading are minimal to decent. Good writing but I am still left wanting more world-building, more history of The Keywork. Maybe I'll get that in the In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 collection. This clarifies some of the backstory behind the Second Stage album. The artwork is clean but a bit simplistic. The background designs and shading are minimal to decent. Good writing but I am still left wanting more world-building, more history of The Keywork. Maybe I'll get that in the In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 collection.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Mediocre art with a subpar story to match. The narration is way too overbearing and it's hard not to cringe when you read a lyric from a Coheed and Cambria song as it usually feels very out of place (although I suppose this is a glimpse into what Coheed's lyrics are actually talking about). Honestly if I didn't like the band so damn much I would have probably given it 1 star. Mediocre art with a subpar story to match. The narration is way too overbearing and it's hard not to cringe when you read a lyric from a Coheed and Cambria song as it usually feels very out of place (although I suppose this is a glimpse into what Coheed's lyrics are actually talking about). Honestly if I didn't like the band so damn much I would have probably given it 1 star.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Pretty good science fiction going on here. I'm rating it 4 stars because it definitely helps me appreciate the music even more than I already did and vice versa. Recommended if you listen or want to listen to Coheed and Cambria. Pretty good science fiction going on here. I'm rating it 4 stars because it definitely helps me appreciate the music even more than I already did and vice versa. Recommended if you listen or want to listen to Coheed and Cambria.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rikki Landry

    I read the amory war because I wanted to learn about all things coheed and cambria. I'm glad I read it because now I understand the story behind the music, however I am not going to be a fair critic of the comic itself due to my bias of loving coheeds music. I read the amory war because I wanted to learn about all things coheed and cambria. I'm glad I read it because now I understand the story behind the music, however I am not going to be a fair critic of the comic itself due to my bias of loving coheeds music.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    A piece of art hailing from one of my favorite bands of all time, the first volume in the series is on par with the second but leaves plenty to be desired. The artwork is magnificent and the story, perfect.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Clearview Library District

    This graphic novel is a must-read for any fans of the rock band "Coheed and Cambria" and sci-fi comic books alike. The content is disturbing, yet epic in scope with hopeful story lines. I can't wait to read the rest of the series as it is written by the brilliant Claudio Sanches. - Nathan This graphic novel is a must-read for any fans of the rock band "Coheed and Cambria" and sci-fi comic books alike. The content is disturbing, yet epic in scope with hopeful story lines. I can't wait to read the rest of the series as it is written by the brilliant Claudio Sanches. - Nathan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Will

    I liked it in parts - and it's an interesting accompaniment to the record - but it's incredibly complex, it does a bit too much telling (and recapping) instead of just showing, and there are a few irritating errors in it. I liked it in parts - and it's an interesting accompaniment to the record - but it's incredibly complex, it does a bit too much telling (and recapping) instead of just showing, and there are a few irritating errors in it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sonnypsu

    A good comic series, which Coheed & Cambria's albums are based on or vice versa. I enjoyed that Vol. 1 was packaged as a single graphic novel (sort of). A good comic series, which Coheed & Cambria's albums are based on or vice versa. I enjoyed that Vol. 1 was packaged as a single graphic novel (sort of).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason Barci

    As a graphic novel it was so-so but as a supplement to the albums it is fantastic.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Awesome story, though I'm not a big fan of the art. Awesome story, though I'm not a big fan of the art.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Awesome. It was cool to be able to read the story to the music that I love so much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steff

    Great story, great art. However, I often found the details confusing and there is a plot point that I just can't get behind.. It leaves me cold for a large portion of the comic. Great story, great art. However, I often found the details confusing and there is a plot point that I just can't get behind.. It leaves me cold for a large portion of the comic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Being a lover of the music, I was excited to read this, and rightfully so. It makes the story behind the songs make sense, and it really imaginative. Definitely a must-read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsey Silveira

    I might do an actual review, but I might not

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    How much would a signed copy be if I could find one...

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