Tom Morello’s Orchid
So something awesome happened the other day, we got sent some previews of one of my favorite comics production companies, Dark Horse!! So without further ado, lets get started!
When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Delve into the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role that society has imposed upon her.
The story starts out with a little background about how this "iron-fisted" rule had came about, and how the rebellion, lead by the masked hero General China, was destroyed by Tomo Wolfe. It tells of how the human settlements that do remain were overtaken by what is called, "The Wild", which is basically described as an exotic wilderness where new species of animal exist and humans are no longer at the top of the food chain. Now the existing human race, aptly named the "Bridge People", are in a struggle, between the slave traders and The Wild, to stay alive, but is the rebellion over? A small faction of surviving humans are still in the fight to recover the magical mask of General China with a last ditch effort to destroy Tomo Wolfe and his tyranny. Here is where we get to know a few characters; Simon, Anzio and Orchid. Anzio is the leader of the search party out to acquire the mask. He is described and seen as a rugged boy, who knows how to survive, and is willing to knock a few guys out in the process. Simon, his buddy, is seen more as the intellectual type whom is not much of a survivalist, but has the knowledge and creativity to help him survive. Orchid, whom the story is named after (captain obvious), is a prostitute who is just trying to feed her family as well as protect them. Simon and Orchid meet up after Simon helped Orchids' brother. Now the three are out on a journey, to survive.
Without getting to deep into the story, I think it is exceptionally well written. When I first received this, I had to double check that the name on the front cover was actually that of one of my favorite guitarist, as well as my father's favorite member of the band Rage Against the Machine. His writing style is very creative. The whole idea of how the world has changed into a tyranny is an awesome idea. I really think it is a lot deeper than a fantasy world. It is showing how the Government basically owns us, and how we either are with them, or well with them. I am really looking forward to this continuing story, and would love to give a huge shout out to Tom Morello for introducing this tale to us (can I get an autographed copy? Ha).
This is where I give a shout out to the artist, colorists and cover artists. Scott Hepburn, the artist, delivers a haunting world where vines and shrubbery have over taken much of all the area. The water logged buildings as well as the detail of his universe are very well done, and show how really depressing the times have come. Next, the colorist, Dan Jackson, hits us with some very dark blues, blacks and different shades of grays. His attention to detail to give the characters and environments a perfect shade is spot on. His use of shading to give definition to the characters physic exhibits a realistic feel. The cover artist, Massimo Carnevale, delivers some pretty amazing cover art. I know I have killed this word, but the detail gives a great representation of the world that Tom takes us to. The characters are seen in various action sequences and forms that are very impressive.
Overall, I had a blast reading this novel. The story is great and is done in a way that is well laid out as well as vehemently intense and haunting. The characters are very likable for the most part, and the art is very appealing. This 12-issue series is a definite get for all comic book readers, whether you are a collector or just a recreational reader. Also, if your enjoy Rage or The Nightwatchman, or even Audioslave, this should be a must have to support this amazing guitarist. Alright I will quite spewing my praise. Check back frequently for some more reviews of some other great releases by Dark Horse. Thanks for reading, and make sure you head on over to Dark Horse!! and search for Orchid to get your order on.