Review – The Occultist: #1 of 3

Story: Mike Richardson & Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Steve Morris (header)
Alternate Cover: Jenny Frison (pictured right)
Published: Dark Horse

The Occultist begins by introducing us to a man who appears to be a little paranoid.  We quickly find out that his paranoia is justified, the women he invited over turns out to be a demon, monstery type creature who eats and kills him.  Before this happens however, we learn that he is, or was, the Occultist.  Due to his demise a new Occultist must step into the now open position.  That someone is Robert Bailey.  Robert is your everyday typical college student, and this is the typical story.  Boy lives life, otherworldly forces are at work and pick boy, boy has no idea what is happening to him and everyone who does know only tells him information in bits and pieces.  He worked at a bookstore for a man named Mr.Elder.  We learn that Mr. Elder appeared to be a kind of mentor to Robert, but Mr. Elder has been killed.  He has since appeared to Robert posthumously and tried to guide him but did so in a cryptic, unhelpful kind of way.  We find that Robert is being guided by the Sword, which is a mystical book that Robert doesn’t really understand.  As the police investigate Mr. Elder’s death they make their way to Robert, who when the questioning becomes tough, uses the Sword’s mojo on the detective, this works successfully for him, but not so much for the poor detective who’s brain appears to have short circuited a little bit.  Unfortunately for Robert, everyone else also seems to understand how critical the Sword is.  He ends up with bounty hunters after the Sword and in the process of their search they will stop at nothing to get it, even kill him if necessary.  The bounty hunters are after the book, Robert’s after the truth and the cops are after Robert.

This comic is good, as is the art and colors.  This issue does a good job of giving some context and backstory for forthcoming issues.  The dialog is good, it made me laugh a few times, which truthfully I didn’t expect.  Overall The Occultist was entertaining,  it has an interesting premise and was enjoyable to read.

Release Date: November 9th, 2011



Review – Orchid #2

Story: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published: Dark Horse

Like in the first issue we are given some back story on how the world in which Orchid takes place came to exist.  Before the water began to rise, the environment was in ruins, a corporate sponsored worldwide battle over land took place with no expense spared on military/war development and research.  Once the water levels rose the “lucky” that survived had no choice but to take refuge on whatever remaining dilapidated ships that were still afloat.  We learn that survival was grim and extreme measures came into play as well.  Any remnants of the past, books, art, etc. got hoarded and amassed by those who were perceived to wield power.  As time passed, land became habitable again, but people got pushed into groups, the strong and the weak.  Animals, due to the genetic mutation they had undergone, were now on top.  Humans were for the first time not the rulers of the world, this however did not stop them from simply creating areas where they could still be superior over their fellow-man.

We are then taken back to present day where Simon, Orchid and her little brother Yehzu have just arrived at the slave camp that they were on their way to at the end of the last issue.  We see at this slave camp that life is just as grim and miserable today as it was in the past.  Simon, not content to just rot away at this camp, begins talking of a revolution.  He believes, and tries to convince Orchid that, one person fighting back does nothing but if they all were to rise up and fight then they might be unstoppable.  Orchid is not interested in this idea, her only really concern is protecting her brother.  After  Simon convinces Orchid that an escape is possible she is on board, again really only having concern for herself and Yehzu.  After a daring escape our band of outcasts are forced to make a terrible decision, stay with their evil oppressors or venture into the “terrifying” wild.  Their captors will beat, rape and torture them but the wild has aggressive mutated super scary animals.  Which will they choose?

This comic is amazing!  In light of all that is going on in the United States now, this comic gets the reader riled up and ready to fight.  The art is spectacular and the dialog is both angering and inspirational, not an easy feat.  I still would like Orchid’s story to progress a little more, the comic is named after her, yet I feel like other people are bigger characters.  I have faith that this will happen in its own time, and I cannot wait for the next issue.

Release Date: November 9th 2011