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The Amory Wars: The Second Stage Turbine Blade Ultimate Edition Hardcover – April 26, 2011

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About the Author

Claudio Sanchez is the lead singer for international best-selling rock band Coheed and Cambria. He is also the creator of THE AMORY WARS, the graphic novels series that takes fans inside the stories told within the band’s uniquely constructed concept albums. Sanchez’s other projects include the graphic novel KILL AUDIO.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Amory Wars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios; 2 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608860353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608860357
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Joyce on May 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Obviously the other person who reviewed this product has never heard of "non-linear storytelling"...or of the visionaries Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch who make their living off of telling great and epic pieces using a non-linear format.

The story at this point is supposed to feel like there is something missing...thats because there is...the opening chapter has not been released to the public yet. Think in terms of Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction.
The story shows you the plot and gets you attached to the characters and then will go back and explain who you are really pulling for. (And if I'm not mistaken, the first one or two reveal a little about the past of the main characters) These comics begin telling the story at the beginning of the first album "The Second Stage Turbine Blade", which (as any true Coheed junky would know) is the second chapter in the story. (And it's not that hard to tell what chapter is what based on the albums. The number of the chapter is in the title of the album)

The reason for lack of text and lack of certain characters character development is because there is so much action and suspense building. These stories are building up to a very epic finale (don't want to say too much or ruin it). If anyone has any doubts on where this story is going, then read "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness". That graphic novel shows the beginning of the "end" of the story.

And as for the "simplicity" of the whole thing...i believe that if I were telling a story about a galactic apocalypse, androids, fallen angels, robots that can speak to "God", super powers, baby killing, tragic love stories, deceit, and over all Good v.s. Evil...
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Provides amazing back stories the to all the songs on the Second Stage Turbine Blade album. The book has a velvety hardcover with a metallic blue keywork on the front. The cover pictured is actually a laminated dust cover that can be removed and set aside to prevent any tearing so it can stay in good condition. All the pages are laminated and great quality. Also comes with a ribbon book mark attached to the top of the side binding which is really convenient. Any die-hard Coheed and Cambria fan will love this book and it makes a great gift!
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This is an excellent companion to go along with their albums. I chose this version over the individual comics because it gave me all 5 issues of The Second Stage Turbine Blade, Vol. 1, in one full book. Claudio (The Writer) is a very talented individual. I do not believe that anyone who is a fan of Co&Ca could be disappointed by this graphic novel.
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Got this volume and the second volume together for my boyfriend for Christmas. I had already read them and since he has been a Coheed fan since the release of The Second Stage album, I knew he needed to have these. The price and shipping for both was fantastic and well worth the look on his face when he unwrapped them. The artwork, story, and the cloth binding of these books makes them beautiful additions to any Coheed fans' collection.
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I'm one of those people that read Year of the Black Rainbow before I read the Armory Wars. I'm glad I did, because this would be hard to follow otherwise. You can tell this is Claudio's first work- I believe that YotBR let you get more attached to the characters so you felt more of a loss in a certain chapter. While Armory Wars isn't bad - the shifts in artistry and VERY fast moving plot make it a popcorn read. I love the music and this is a fantastic hint at the stories behind all of Coheed & Cambria's music. Props to Claudio for producing his story, because it is a fantastic sci-fi adventure. I think if he was given the time to re-produce it, even as an animated mini-series, he could do wonders with it.

In short, it's a great base, read Year of the Black Rainbow first. And it's totally worth owning the HC version, it fits nicely next to my YotBR box set.
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Coheed and Cambria is probably my favorite band right now. Just got into them this year and been waiting to read the comic books with this edition. I love a great sci-fi story and good lyrics. One reason I loved Coheed and Cambria was that it was based on a supposed cool sci-fi story. My first let down about them was watching their music videos which the older ones look like a bunch of sci-fi nerds showing off to the camera instead of an awesome sci-fi drama. From what i saw the new ones are finally showing that.

Now with the comic, the first part drawn by Gus Vasquez is absolutely horrible. It was suppose to be the most dramatic part of the story and it is made to look like some Japanese Pokemon cartoon. Hard to take it seriously. I tolerated it until the back of the comic shows the original Bag Online Adventures version drawn by Wes Abbott, it was awesome.It was gritty realistic dramatic. You actually felt bad for the characters and shown the horrors of the situation the characters were faced with. I especially love how they drawn the priests in this version compare to the newer one. The Bag version made them look dark clouded creatures of some mysterious origin unleashed on man. Where the Gus Vasquez look like some cheesy character about to fight in Dragon Ball z cartoon.

The story on Volume 1 can be confusing on who the characters are and their motivations. A new sci-fi universe that could of been put together a lot better so the dialogue could of sounded less cheesy and situation more clear to people new to the story.

Now on volume 2, the comics story is better written and you actually start to understand what is going on and who the characters are. The comic is drawn like a decent average marvel comic.
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