Thursday, December 31, 2009

Comic Review: Kill Audio #3 (Boom! Studios)

Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert return to the story at hand in the 3rd installment of the 6-issue series, Kill Audio. Once again I’m intrigued by the story and Mr. Sheldon’s art. Shades of black, red, and white complement the chaos the Void is fighting so hard to contain. This series from Boom! is one of the most interesting I’ve read in a long time. It’s indicative of the reasons I love indie comics so much. They tell stories that the mainstream publishers don’t always have the freedom to tell.

In this installment we return to the problem of the music genres the group has found so far. Kill Audio (KA, for short) is concerned that they haven’t located a Father, a figure representing one of the big genres. The main one they mention is Father Jazz, and they receive a tip where they might be able to find him. In the meantime, KA is getting acquainted with his siblings and learning more about the Void and his role in it. An odd interlude on the street leads to an insightful discussion about the nature of art and artists. Some facets of art are passive, but KA observes that since there are so many genres, musicians are more adamant about the process, which begs the question of whether a musician’s motivation is the end product or art for art’s sake.

This comic once again proves that it’s not just a story with some pretty pictures. It’s an in-depth critique of art and how people perceive and create it. Sanchez does a great job of telling a story that people are interested in reading and gets them thinking in the process. As a huge fan of all genres of music I appreciate what Sanchez is trying to say. Given his background in music, he’s obviously thought about this extensively, and he wants others to do the same. As I recommended with issue 2, I urge you to pick this up and urge your friends to do the same.

Stacey Rader
Staff Reviewer

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