Xopher Reed

The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 #11 – Review

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The penultimate issue of The Amory Wars IKSSE3 will have quite possibly driven me insane over the next month as I sit here anticipating the final issue of the excellent series from BOOM! Studios and Evil Ink Comics. With it, we will have reached the point of no return as The Amory Wars saga spirals towards its inevitable ending.

Right off the bat, let me get the fact that I am one of the biggest fans of the band Coheed & Cambria. Which means that you can just about throw all hopes of a non-biased review out the window.

If you don’t know who they are by now, you haven’t been on WPR very often. In short, they’re the group responsible for this entire series, but more directly, the band’s front-man, Claudio Sanchez who has authored of all of the lore for this series. Helping him on his writing duties is the world famous Peter David who also helped him pen the Year of the Black Rainbow novel and this current arc of the series.

As for this issue’s soundtrack, I suggest you begin with the last two tracks of The Velorium Camper series, and as those are ending, jump to In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. Finally you’ll want to finish it all with A Favor House Atlantic.Trust me, it’ll make sense as you read and listen at the same time.

Starting the issue off, we get more beautiful musings from Claudio Kilgannon about his love Newo Ikkin as she sleeps. Claudio is of course still talking to her dog Apollo outside of her house and catching him up on all of the events that have transpired since that fateful evening where his parent’s were tricked into murdering their children.

If you remember, the last issue left off with the cliffhanger of Ambellina discovering Al the Killer’s ‘meat locker’ of dead women which he drugged and killed. The same fate seems to be approaching the wingless Prise bodyguard when just in the nick of time her savior in the form of The Crowing intervenes. This unwittingly starts the comics’s depictions of the Battle at House Atlantic, which I can’t possibly describe how awesome they truly are.

I will say that when the end of the issue arrives, you will be cursing the month-long wait you will have to endure before the next and final issue arrives.

Aaron Kuder deserves an Eisner-nod as his artwork has outclassed many other comic artists that exist in the mainstream. After this series wraps, I hope that Mr. Kuder gets some big titles headed his way from DC and Marvel because honestly, the man’s work belongs within the big two. Of course, that’s not to say that The Amory Wars isn’t big enough for the gentleman, but I can almost assure you that the guys from Evil Ink are grateful to have Aaron’s caliber of work on their series…it’s really that good.

STORY: 97%
ART: 95%
OVERALL: 96%

The story’s pacing is as masterful as ever as I never found a lull in the issue. There wasn’t a bit of this book that I didn’t like, especially the scenes that finally gave us a taste of just how awesome Jesse “Inferno” Kilgannon is. The only gripe, even though it was an awesome scene…and it’s a minuscule gripe at best, is the way that a certain someone seems to shuffle off this mortal coil. I won’t say who or how, or even what or when, but I was shocked and saddened at the same time.

I just can’t believe that we’re so close to this series reaching its end already. It seems like yesterday when I started reviewing the issues. I can only hope that BOOM! Studios backs a whole truckload of cash up to the doors of Evil Ink to bring the series back for the Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV arcs.

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