By Zachary Swickey
For those curious about the meaning behind the peculiar title of Coldplay’s last album, Mylo Xyloto, you’re about to be enlightened: the band has announced a comic book series that will tell the origin story of the Mylo Xyloto character.
The band announced on their website yesterday (July 10) that the upcoming comic series will go on sale this very week at none other than San Diego’s Comic-Con. The series is being co-written by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne (known for directing “Kung Fu Panda” and this amazing music video for Kenna).
The band states that the project began its gestation period three whole years ago, writing, "Gradually Mylo's story and universe came together and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour.”
Coldplay also revealed the series will be six comics total and that Osborne will be making a personal appearance at Comic-Con. “To kick things off Mark's going to be holding a panel at Comic Con in San Diego this week. So if you're there you can ask him 'who's major minus?' and 'what the hell's the hypnofeed all about?'”
An interview with Osborne on Coldplay’s website asks him for a brief plot synopsis and the story sounds pretty wild. “All I will say is 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," he explained. "Mylo discovers that the enemy he's been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all."
A limited supply of exclusive editions of issue #1 will be available via the band’s webstore. The six-part comic series will be published by “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groenig’s Bongo Comics Group. The following issues will be available monthly beginning February 2013.