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EXCLUSIVE: Claudio Sanchez’s Amory Wars Returns with New Series in April

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EXCLUSIVE: Claudio Sanchez’s Amory Wars Returns with New Series in April

Claudio Sanchez, lead vocalist and guitarist of progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria, has returned to comics with a new “Amory Wars” miniseries, and CBR has the first details.

The 12-issue “The Amory Wars: Good Apollo” series will debut in April from BOOM! Studios, with Sanchez co-writing alongside Chondra Echert, and art by DC Comics veteran Rags Morales, returning to an extended monthly comics run for the first time since his New 52 “Action Comics” run.

Here’s the official description of the story, from BOOM! Studios: “The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power. All those around Claudio Kilgannon are now convinced he is The Crowing, but is he? Ambellina believes she and The Crowing can save Heaven’s Fence rather than destroying it. But with Ryan and a new, even bigger threat looming—can they succeed?”

“When I was approached with ‘Amory Wars,’ I didn’t know what to make of it,” Morales said in a statement to CBR. “Sure it had energy, but there were so many layers to this onion, I found it hard to keep up. Now that I’ve been working on it with the great Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert for some time now, I’m so glad to have them to guide me through my maiden voyage into the indie scene with this awesome vessel ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV.’ I’m stoked to see the reaction from all fans new and old for what we’ve been cooking up. It’s all parts classic, progressive and balls to the wall cool. I can’t say enough, except there’s a fella name Emilio Lopez who is making my art smooth like virgin butter. It’s just so good.”

As fans of Coheed and Cambria know, throughout the band’s career, their music has told the story of “The Amory Wars,” which have subsequently been adapted to comic book series. “The Amory Wars: Good Apollo” is the third comic book volume in the series, and appropriately enough loosely adapts the story told in the band’s third album, 2005’s “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness.”

“When ‘Good Apollo’ was originally released, we were limited in our storytelling abilities by a number of factors,” Sanchez said. “Being able to revisit it all these years later and give readers the story in as much detail as I’d originally intended is a dream realized.”

On top of the new comic book series, Coheed and Cambria has also announced a new US live tour this spring, where the band will play “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness” in its entirety. Titled “Neverender GAIBSIV,” the tour will run from April 11 to May 20, with stops including Terminal 5 in New York City, The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, The Showbox in Seattle and Marathon Music Works in Nashville. The Dear Hunter will open most dates on the tour, and full tour dates can be found on the band’s website.

Sanchez and BOOM! Studios have a long prior history. BOOM! published “The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3” starting in 2010 (after the first volume of “Amory Wars” was published by Sanchez’s Evil Ink Comics), plus the series “Key of Z” and “Translucid,” both co-written by Sanchez and Echert.

Here’s the official solicitation text from BOOM! Studios, along with both the main and incentive covers illustrated by Rags Morales. Check back later today on CBR for BOOM! Studios’ full April 2017 solicitations.

"The Amory Wars: Good Apollo" cover

“The Amory Wars: Good Apollo” main cover by Rags Morales.

THE AMORY WARS: GOOD APOLLO #1 (of 12)

Retail Price: $3.99

Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert

Artist: Rags Morales

Cover Artist:

Main Cover: Rags Morales

Incentive Cover: Rags Morales

Synopsis:

  • Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez (Translucid) and Chondra Echert team up with best-selling artist Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Action Comics) for the long-awaited third installment of The New York Times best-selling series, The Amory Wars!
  • The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power. All those around Claudio Kilgannon are now convinced he is The Crowing, but is he?
  • Ambellina believes she and The Crowing can save Heaven’s Fence rather than destroying it. But with Ryan and a new, even bigger threat looming—can they succeed?

"The Amory Wars: Good Apollo" incentive cover

“The Amory Wars: Good Apollo” incentive cover by Rags Morales.

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