The Second Stage Turbine Blade is the first part in a five part science fiction epic by Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez. The trade paperbacks for the SSTB is the comic book form of the story narrated by the album of the same name. The story is split across two trade paperbacks: volume 1 and volume 2. This is the trade paperback for volume 1.
This is the first chapter in the Amory Wars storyline, and it sets the stage for the rest of the books in the series. In terms of the chronology of the story this is actually the second chapter (similar to the original Star Wars trilogy starting at Part IV), so the story starts off running. The Amory Wars is set in the fictional universe of heavens fence, a series planets that are bound together by a an energy force known as the keywork.
In this story we are introduced to all of the key players of heaven's fence: The Kilgannon family including Coheed, Cambria, and in particular their son Coheed. Other than the primary human characters, Sanchez debuts the opposing forces of Wilhelm Ryan, the Supreme Tri-Mage and the Prise, a group of blue-skinned angelic warriors. While Claudio is interested in just being a kid, his world is shattered when the machinations of the supreme tri-mage come into direct conflict with the seemingly quiet family life of the Kilganon family. The Kilganons appear to harbor secretes of their own, each of Coheed, Cambria, and Claudio demonstrating various superhuman abilities. As the story progresses, the reader develops a sense that something big is brewing in future chapters.
In the Amory Wars, Sanchez demonstrates that his abilities extend past the world of music. This isn't just a great companion to the music, but an interesting stand-alone comic book as well. The world that develops within the Amory Wars is rich and interesting. The story has a good sense of development from the start; the first chronological chapter Year of the Black Rainbow seems to be well-conceived before it is ever penned. In other words, comic book fans who don't have an interest in the music will not be left behind. The books and the CDs are different artistic interpretations of the same story line, but one is hardly required in order to appreciate the other.
I would recommend this as a starting point for fans of the band that want to delve deeper into the mythos, or for fans of sci-fi comic books.