Monday, January 4, 2010

Comic Review: Kill Audio #4 (Boom! Studios)

The battle between creativity and the Void continues in Kill Audio #4. As with the other installments, Sanchez and Echert have crafted a story that is both interesting and a great commentary on the struggle between the status quo and artists.

In this issue we find that Beaver has received a mysterious demo for his record label (where he’s trying to discover the next Zeppelin). The record has quite an effect on him, but sounds like noise to DJ. (If you read issue 3, you’ve seen this record being created.)

Meanwhile, Kill Audio and friends have ventured to Bitches’ Brew, the jazz club in Sight and Sound in hopes of discovering the whereabouts of the Father of Jazz. KA is reunited with an old flame, leading to some great conversation. Beav brings his discovery to the club via boombox, setting some great plan in motion. As this is happening, two ZZ Top lookalikes bust into the bar looking for Jazz (under suspicion that he had a hand in taking their Mama). We meet a group of girls looking to make it big (which includes some great commentary on baristas and art). And the issue ends with a disappearance that greatly affects KA.

All in all I’d say this issue proves that Sanchez’s writing gets better with each issue. Just like each of the other issues, it’s got me thinking about music and art in general, and how I know people in real life that fit the personalities of the Void—people who would destroy art and creativity in the name of order and efficiency. In short, if you haven’t read this series from the beginning, I implore you to seek out the first three issues before this issue hits the stands on Wednesday and see what all the fuss is about.

Stacey Rader
Senior Reviewer

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