Not a lot of time this week, so only two highlights. (sorry)
DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS (#5)
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack; Art by: Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz & Alex Maleev
• Witness the final fate of Frank Castle, the Punisher!
• Some of the Man Without Fear’s greatest creators unite to tell his final story!
It’s been busy here at Comic Book Junkie, and so I haven’t been writing as often as I’d like. And I wanted to call out this book that came out last week but is at the very top of my read pile. I only recently got onto this book mostly because I just breeze through the Marvel Previews since I’m not a big reader of Marvel books. I completely glossed over this Bendis and Sienkiewicz collaboration. I’m also glad I didn’t realize this project had been simmering since before 2007 because that might have driven me crazy for five years.
I bought and read the first four issues over a weekend and then, lucky for me, issue #5 came out 3 days later. To say this book is blowing me away is an understatement. As I’m reading it, I’ll turn to whoever is near me and say to them, “This book is amazing.” (My wife must be getting tired of listening to me.)
Lots of other people are loving it too. You can read reviews everywhere including at IGN and Crave Online and many other places. And then there’s this one dissenting review from The Other Murdock Papers I came across that I found interesting although the writer and I clearly don’t share the same opinion.
MYLO XYLOTO (#1)
Story by: Mark Osborne and Coldplay, Written by: Mark Osborne, Art by: Alejandro Fuentes
Every album begins with the germ of an idea, every song tells a story, and now it is finally revealed that there is a secret other worldly narrative behind Coldplay’s newest hit album and its enigmatic title “Mylo Xyloto.” Three years ago, Coldplay and front man Chris Martin teamed up with Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, MORE, and the upcoming The Little Prince) to create Mylo’s epic story that has gone on to inspire chart-toppers like “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” “Paradise,” “Princess of China” and “Hurts Like Heaven” — which has its own MYLO XYLOTO COMIC-themed music video providing insight into the backstory of this new universe, and a glimpse of Mylo himself. Prepare to experience the world of Coldplay in a whole new way with this brand-new six-issue miniseries!
Said Coldplay on Coldplay.com: “Three years ago we had an idea with our friend Mark Osborne about a character called Mylo Xyloto – “xylo” as in xylophone, “to” as in toe. Gradually Mylo’s story and universe came together and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour. Now we’re proud to announce that early next year the story is going to come out as a six-part comic. We hope you like it. It was fun making it.”
Said Mark Osborne: “The comic is the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago. It is the story of Mylo Xyloto, a young Silencer on the front lines of a war against sound and color in the world of Silencia. Mylo discovers that the enemy he’s been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all. There will hopefully be many, many connections for people who have heard the album. I am beyond thrilled with the way it’s turned out.”
The book is published by Matt Groening’s celebrated Bongo Comics Group, who handle the comics for all his properties – The Simpsons, Futurama and Life in Hell.
I’m sure there are other examples of this in comics publishing history (if I had to guess, I would say KISS probably did something like this) but nothing comes immediately to mind. I don’t think Mylo Xyloto, the album, is intended as a rock opera. So I’m curious to crack it open and see how it reads, and read up a bit more on the project.
Here’s a video the band produced that marries the comic with some music.