In case the music of Coheed and Cambria ever confused you, the band’s sci-fi mythology makes a lot more sense when it’s presented as a straight narrative in the comics – which are written by singer Claudio Sanchez and collected as “The Amory Wars.”
“The idea for the music and the comics came out at the same time, but the music came out first,” Sanchez said (read about the new comics-inspired album here). “But the concepts are intertwined. And they compliment each other. It’s not like every song is an issue or a chapter, but readers can see the similarities, because the lyrics are part of the dialogue. You can enjoy it on its own, or together. We just go into the next dimension with the comics.”
The band attempted to put out a few comics to go with their 2002 album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, but they only got as far as two issues of a planned mini-series in 2004. “It was all very new to us,” Sanchez said. “We didn’t follow strict deadlines.”
But they still wanted to do comics, so with 2005’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear through the Eyes of Madness, they tried comics again, with a graphic novel. “But it didn’t quite make sense,” he said, “because we were telling the fourth part of the story when really, the fans still hadn’t received parts two and three.”
So now, Sanchez said, they’ve backtracked and started from scratch with “The Amory Wars,” which takes the story in the original comics and expands it, in chronological order. Well, save for the prequel.
“We thought, ‘This is what we’ll do,’” Sanchez said. “We’ll partner with a publisher and get an editor who makes sure it comes in on time. We need someone to tell me I’ve got to do this, because otherwise my head will be over there doing something else. I will wander and focus on music and forget, ‘Oh, man, I’ve got a deadline to meet here.’”
Now that they’ve caught up with the storyline meant for “Second Stage Turbine Blade,” they’re in the story arc for the second album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. “We just finished issue four for that, and I’ve just started issue five, so I’m plotting the next one,” Sanchez said.
And if that wasn’t enough for you, Sanchez is so on top of his deadlines now, he’s making up for the lost time with a free web comic, called “Kill Audio”. “My plate is pretty full now,” he laughed.
Should Coheed and Cambria take the next step and create a movie out of ‘The Amory Wars’? Or are the music and comics enough? What other bands do you think should do comics out of their albums?