I love comics, but my first love will always be music. And this comic combines both to tell a story of facing our inner demons. Written by singer/songwriter Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot), with art by Richard Clark, this four issue limited series ties in with the albums House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 and House of Gold & Bones – Part 2, by Taylor’s band Stone Sour.
Now the albums explain the story in a lyrical/musical sense, which can be a little cryptic and hard to understand. Songs by the band such as My Name Is Allen, and RU486, make an important appearance in the book, so the use of the comic avenue to create the world that is mentioned in the songs and bringing the characters to life is a fantastic way to get the story out there as a part of the multi-faced transmedia narrative. Progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria has done the same thing for a while now in a comic series called The Amory Wars, written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez.
Issue one and two basically show the main protagonist, Zero, waking up in a place he has no knowledge of, and immediately running for his life from all these dark figures that are chasing him. He meets several people, including an exact clone of him named Allen. Allen explains that in order to escape this world Zero is trapped in, he must find the House of Gold & Bones in time to escape the Conflagration. Not much is explained about the house, the Conflagration or the characters and the world itself. I was sort of just as confused as Zero was, until its explained further here in issue three, which is also subtitled The Answers. What we find out in this book is the origin of this place, the characters, and possibly why and how Zero woke up here. There isn’t much about the House of Gold & Bones or the Conflagration, but I’m sure it was left for the climactic fourth and final issue.
Corey Taylor’s comic writing is just as professionally done as his lyric writing, which is a very enjoyable part of this book, as opposed to the art by Richard Clark, which I’m not too excited about. The backgrounds are lacking in detail, which due to the setting the book takes place in, is sort of okay. But the character art, as well as the colors by Dan Jackson, didn’t seem to fit in this book. The story that Taylor’s creating is a dark, cryptic tale of being human, and facing ourselves, and the art for this book didn’t really bring that feeling forward. Granted, it’s great art, but I don’t felt that it belonged here. The covers are done by Jason Shawn Alexander, who I really wish did the main art for this book because he has such a dark, sinister art style that would’ve made this book a hell of an amazing series. But it is either way. If you love the music, you definitely love the comic. Corey Taylor plans to make a movie of the series and the music, after the Stone Sour 2014 world tour. And this is one book I would love to see on the big screen.
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