Review: The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 #6


THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #6 PREVIEW Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Peter David Artist: Chris Burnham and Kyle Strahm Colorist: Zac Atkinson and Krista Ward Letterer: Johnny Lowe Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 24th, 2010   Last issue, in the climax to events building through the first third of this series, Inferno’s rebels and family of IRO-Bots were left in a seemingly untenable position against the hordes of the Red Army. The arrival of the Prise, the literally angelic warrior women charged with carrying out God’s will, gave rise to a measure of hope but we were left on quite a cliffhanger.  At the start of the current issue, we quickly see the resolution of these events as the Prise, using Chase’s power, reproduce at an astounding rate turning their force of a dozen into a hundred or more fierce warriors. The tide of battle turns quickly as the Red Army is slaughtered and Wilhelm Ryan is captured. Not is all as it seems, however, as Ryan gives himself up with barely token resistance. Clearly a plan is in the works, but only time will tell what it may be. Shortly after these events, the worlds of Heaven’s Fence are engulfed in celebrations the likes of which we can only imagine, as they are relieved to finally be free of Ryan’s tyranny. Celebrations may be premature, however, as Mayo Deftinwolf and the remnants of the Red Army are still on the loose and an Onstantine priest stalks Claudio Kilgannon.  After last issue’s intense and well-written action, this issue seemed a little…well, flat. To be perfectly blunt, nothing much happens. But such is the cycle of things in this type of story. While it may not be terribly exciting, the story is still heading somewhere and this undoubtedly serves as a bridge to the next phase. My only real complaint about this issue is that in places, the art seems a bit rushed, especially towards the end of the issue. Nothing serious, but Claudio is slightly off-model in a couple panels. Fortunately, these spots are not enough to detract from the story and I’m sure the art will be back to its normal level of excellence next issue. Bottom line, not the most exciting issue, but an integral part to the larger story. If you’ve been reading In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 and plan to continue doing so, don’t forget to pick up this issue today.