Royal Nonesuch returns to the surreal world of Kill Audio, published by Boom! Studios.
KILL AUDIO #4 (A)
KILL AUDIO #4 (B)
Written by Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert
Drawn by Sheldon Vella
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (4 of 6) SRP: .99
COVER A: Sheldon Vella
COVER B: Chuck BB
Diamond Code: NOV090681
Kill. Audio. Art. Murder. The power these two brothers hold between them could save Sight and Sound…or destroy it! Will Kill Audio find his true purpose so the results don’t end up with everyone dead? A surreal adventure from Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez.
The narrative of KILL AUDIO takes some time to live in its world for a bit. A mystery starts to unravel, and our intrepid hero finds love.
In the universe of KILL AUDIO, even the quieter issues aren't all that quiet. Although issue #4 is designed to ruminate on the events of the story so far, the plot continues to move forward. Kill Audio's mission uncovers a mystery, specifically the disappearance of the Fathers of Music, including Jazz, whom the reader knows is up to something. Also in this issue, KA reunites with the hot, two-headed mermaid siren from the first issue.
That's where the most remarkable thing about this story comes into play. When feeling happy about Kill Audio getting laid, one can't help but notice how great of a job the creators have done with making the reader care about the characters. There's a lot to unpack in every issue, every page in fact, but the backbone of any story is the characters.
Sheldon Vella's art continues to be exciting. It is thoroughly modern, and always engaging. He realizes the (very, very) high concepts in the story perfectly. The effortless detail is the true highlight here. It is truly beautiful. Of note is the way that music is symbolized by destructive fire.
One month's wait between issues can be difficult for this series, since it is naturally so disorienting when you start an issue. However, the world is so immersive that it is easy to get sucked right in. The reader may recognize this effect from having read Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN.
8.5 of 10
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