The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #1

The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power. All those around Claudio Kilgannon are now convinced he is The Crowing, but is he? Ambellina believes she and The Crowing can save Heaven’s Fence rather than destroying it. But with Ryan and a new, even bigger threat looming—can they succeed?

As much as I know I shouldn’t jump into series late in the game, I try to give it a chance if nothing but for curiosity. This one admittedly made it tougher with the mouthful of an odd title. You can’t deny issue one of something called The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV is hard to elevator pitch.

From what I could determine, this next part in the series is primarily split between two stories. Initially, we see Claudio and his companions preparing for something big. Back on Earth (presumably), mentally unstable writer Ryder struggles to keep the line between reality and his visions straight. Somehow, the two parts are connected, especially as the woman Ryder imagines is actually the one training Claudio.

The visual component was decent all around, with some areas shining more than others. To no surprise, the Claudio storyline was more appealing with the sci-fi aspects jumping out more. The Ryder side of things weren’t bad though, and actually had a few rather nice panels.

This was definitely one of those instances where coming into a third installment just doesn’t work. It’s pretty evident that a lot of stuff has already been established that was lost on me. I’m sure this a good continuation for familiar readers, but new folks would do well to pass.

For more on The Amory Wars or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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