Alan Smithee

The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 #10 – Review

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I can’t believe that we only have two more issues in this comic series. It’s going to be hard to contain myself the next two months as we wind our way to the end. You fans out there better prepare yourself for how face melting this latest issue is when it hits the stores this Wednesday.

I am 100% emotionally invested in the story of The Amory Wars and seeing how this storyline is my favorite arc out of the whole universe I knew I was in for a treat when we became friends with the guys at BOOM! Studios.

I think that the events of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 are akin to The Empire Strikes Back in that we don’t need character introductions anymore, we have a protagonist that is coming into his own with the help of a wiser and much more powerful ally, the bad guys are kicking ass and taking names, and of course we have a Han Solo-esque character in Al The Kiler.

Fortunately, that’s where the comparisons end. Unlike George Lucas’s celluloid fantasy where you’re left with a warm fuzzy feeling and how the last film ends with Ewoks dancing to their retarded little tune, the fate of the residents of Heaven’s Fence is far different. I don’t want to jump ahead for those that don’t know the entire story already or give any spoilers so I’ll just stop with this line of thinking while I’m ahead.

Before I get to the actual review of this issue. Grab your In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 CD, playlist, or whatever form of music you guys use and get ready to listen to the following tracks. As you read the comic, you’ll be able to see why I picked these tracks for its soundtrack. Listen to them in this order for the full effect.

  • In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3
  • The Crowing
  • The Velorium Camper I: Faint of Hearts
  • The Velorium Camper II: Backend of Forever

If you remember, at the end of issue #9 we saw that Al The Killer was convincing the rest of the Godder Damm group (Ambellina the Prise, Claudo Kilgannon, and Sizer the IRO-Bot) to leave the planet in Al’s ship, The Velorium Camper. Their first stop after escaping was Si-Revody so Claudio could keep his promise to an ‘old friend’…and if you’re a fan, you know exactly who I’m talking about.

Well, without spoiling that whole scene, they arrive and a fight starts where we get to see the true powers of The Crowing emerge for the first time. I just had a hard time not geeking out at finally getting to see what The Velorium Camper looks like. There is one panel in particular where Ambellina does something so wickedly awesome that I’ll have a hard time forgetting that image.

We get very little Jesse in this issue except for a bit of an exchange between Chase who has returned from the Prise.

There is a serious OMG moment this issue though and I won’t tell you what it pertains to exactly, but it has everything with someone you thought long dead. Just don’t scroll down to see the teasing pages unless you really want the secret spoiled…you’ve been warned.

Without sounding like too much of a fanboy, this is by far one of the finest comics I’ve ever read. If Claudio Sanchez and Peter David aren’t remembered as two of the finest writers this year, I’ll be pissed. We’re talking serious Eisner weighted writing here. I just love the hell out of it. Then again, if Claudio wrote a series on how to read a phonebook, I’d probably read that too.

I swear that the art by Aaron Kuder is getting better with each issue we see from the talented artist. His backgrounds are breathtaking in many of the pages, and his detailing of characters like Wilhelm Ryan (especially now that he’s being drawn in his full battle gear) is equally amazing. Anyone could draw a comic, but the work that Aaron pours into each page helps fans like me see the universe we had only dreamed of.

STORY: 96%
ART: 96%

There were two panels this month that stole the show, both of them have spoilers so I can’t express which ones they are, but one takes place on Si-Revody, and the other on House Atlantic. The amount of work that went into these two panels just floors me because of how gorgeous they are, even if one is incredibly violent.

You really are missing out if you haven’t been reading this series, and with only two issues remaining, now is the time to join in on the fun before it’s all over. I don’t know what I’m going to do when this series finishes its run, it’s been a hell of a ride and I can’t wait to see how they conclude it all in issue #12.

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