By Adam B. Vary
July 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Vanity project or creative breakthrough?

Coldplay announced Tuesday on their website that the band will debut the first issue of the comic book Mylo Xyloto, directly inspired by their album of the same name, at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. A collaboration with animation director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), the six-part comic series is what Osborne calls “the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago,” done in concert with the development of what became the album Mylo Xyloto.

In a Q&A on the Coldplay site, Osborne provided a hint at the story involving their character Mylo Xyloto, and how it ties back into the band’s album: 

Please could you give us a brief snapshot of the plot/scenario? 

Well, 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. Mylo discovers that the enemy he’s been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all.

Tell us a bit about Mylo Xyloto himself?

Like many Silencers, he was raised in an orphanage and conditioned to be a Silencer from a very young age. Legions of Silencers were created after the Great War of Colors took many lives, including the lives of Mylo’s parents Aiko and Lela. That war threatened the safety of the citizens and strict measures were put in place to ensure it would never happen again. At the start of our story, Mylo is not so sure that all the propaganda and strict measures are legitimate, but he keeps these concerns close to his vest since they are just vague feelings that even his best friend Rex can’t quite support.

Does Major Minus really have one eye watching us?

Let’s just say that each Hypnofeed helmet only has one camera lens to show each wearer the world around them safely depicted in black and white. Those camera feeds aren’t just directed inside the user’s helmet…

Osborne will participate in a Comic-Con panel about the comic book on Friday, July 13. After this summer’s Comic-Con sneak peek, the issues will be made available for purchase each month starting in February 2013. Check out the variant cover for the issue that will be available at Comic-Con below:

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