Coldplay’s disappointing fifth studio album, last year’s Mylo Xyloto, is a loosely-strung-together concept record centered around its namesake, a young man fighting an oppressive government in a future dystopian world. Following in footsteps of The Who and Green Day, who have adapted their own concept albums for the screen and stage, respectively, Coldplay has decided to tell Mylo Xyloto’s tale through an additional medium – a six-part comic book series.
San Diego Comic-Con attendees will receive the first look at the Mylo Xyloto comic, a collaborative effort between Coldplay and animation director Mark Osborne (best known for his work on Spongebob Squarepants and Kung Fu Panda), when it premieres at the popular entertainment convention this weekend. The first issue is set to be released in February 2013, with a new edition expected to roll out once a month after that.
“(The comic is) the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago,” said Osborne, who will speak at a panel about the comic book series July 13, along with his production team. “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.”
For those who haven’t listened to the latest offering from Coldplay, I recommend picking up a copy of the band’s 2002 classic A Rush of Blood to the Head and holding out for a comic book based on that.