Five Comics by Rock Stars
Numerous rock stars have tried to cross over into other mediums, whether it's acting (Henry Rollins, Meatloaf), painting (Marilyn Manson, John Mellencamp), or making their own liquor (Geoff Tate, Maynard James Keenan).
The Amory Wars (Evil Ink Comics, 2004 - present): This comic is written by Claudio Sanchez, frontman of progressive metal band Coheed and Cambria. The comic's storyline is also the focus of the band's concept albums. The basic premise is that there's a struggle for power in a place called Heaven's Fence, a collection of 78 interconnected planets. The hero is Claudio Kilgannon, and he must ultimately fight Wilhelm Ryan, ruler of Heaven's Fence and murderer of Kilgannon's family. While I'm a huge fan of Coheed and Cambria's music, I couldn't get into The Amory Wars. The artwork (by Chris Miller) is decent, and the slick, full-color pages are nice, but the traditional sci-fi plot (struggle for power on a fictional planet) didn't pull me in. I never warmed up to the story's hero, either, and there aren't any intriguing, strong supporting characters to help maintain my interest, either.
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