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The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 #8 – Review

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The Amory Wars continues its current chapter of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 this month in issue #8 of the amazing series by Coheed and Cambria front-man Claudio Sanchez and comics legend Peter David, the art this issue is by newcomer to the series Aaron Kuder.

You might recall my excitement last month when we found out that Aaron Kuder was to take over the art for the series once it was announced that Chris Burnham was stepping down to take over the art on some DC Batman project…Batman and Robin I believe. Well I can say this…I actually prefer the work of Mr. Kuder over Burnham this issue. They do tend to have a style that makes the transition seem flawless, but the work of Mr. Kuder’s inking pen seemed a bit more defined than that of Burnham. But then again, it’s all about preference at this point.

We pick up at the end of #8 where Archmage Wilhelm Ryan was found guilty of all charges leveled against him and is now facing the stiffest penalty the citizens of Heaven’s Fence can throw at him…DEATH!

A good track to listen to while reading this issue (if you’re so inclined to do so) would be “Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)” from the album that shares this issue’s namesake. This works well with the segment where they find the remains of Sizer who is referenced by the song’s lyrics.

Another track the issue references is “The Crowing” as most of this book is relationship building between Ambellina and Claudio Kilgannon as she attempts to shake him from his self-imposed exile in Godder Dam.

Also shown in this episode is more of Al the Killer who happens to be my favorite character from this segment of the Amory Wars storyline. He’s now on the hunt for Claudio and has discovered his powers. Things can only get more interesting from this point on.

STORY: 90%
ART: 94%

The writing as always is expertly done as it’s the child of the music’s creator and one of the comic industry’s most brilliant minds Peter David (who also helped with the prequel story Year of the Black Rainbow). I don’t want to spoil the major piece of what happens this issue, but trust me, you’ll be left with your jaw hanging after finding out. On top of that, the book leaves you with the most evil cliffhanger yet which tells me that I WILL be picking up the next issue.

The issue is available today (actually yesterday) in your local comic store or through BOOM! Studio’s digital distribution services. I can’t rate this series high enough, pick it up.

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