Review – Orchid #6

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

On the anniversary of General China’s death, Anzio’s impending execution will be a spectacle to mark the day the Rebellion was crushed. On a day known as “Final Victory Day”, all around bad guy and Penuel’s Lord, Tomo Wolfe is trying to pump up his subjects for the execution. He is trying to convince them that they are better off than most and with Anzio’s death they will start anew, cleansed and revitalized. However, things won’t go so smooth for Wolfe because as we learned in the last issue Simon, Orchid, Opal and their new friends were on a mission to rescue Anzio. I think by now we know that this bunch is resilient and that they never stop until they succeed in righting whatever wrongs the elite have committed. Even with their never say die attitude, things begin to look grim, that is until the mask is brought out and Opal puts a whole new spin on ass whoopin’! Opal’s on a mission and nothing can stop her and everyone will soon learn that it’s just best to stay out of her way.

Every month I read Orchid thinking it has to have reached its peak or at least plateaued, but it never fails, every month I’m blown away at how amazing it really is. It just continues to get better, which is insane because it’s unbelievable to begin with. The characters and storylines are so rich and in this issue we get some back story on Tomo Wolfe, supreme leader of Penuel. Unlike some of the other back stories we have gotten on the bad guys, this one made me feel no sympathy for the character. He’s terrible, some people just are. Opal in this issue (just like past issues) is awesome, she has made up her mind and no one is going to stand in her way. Adding Anzio to the group is going to add an additional dynamic because of his die-hard freedom fighter roots. The art is perfect, and each month I look forward to seeing what new animal hybrid concoction will be introduced. The dialog is touching, maddening and inspiring (quite a feat really). It’s safe to say that you really need to be reading this comic. It’s at the top of my list each month for the comics I’m most looking forward to and each month it never ceases to amaze me!

Release Date: April 11th, 2012

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Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Orchid #5

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

This issue of Orchid is all about journeys and those elements that make them successful both as a group and on an individual level. Orchid, Simon and Opal are on a mission to find Westin, an explosives expert and old friend of Opal and General China in Gath. No sooner do they enter Gath than Orchid finds trouble in the form of her old pimp and neither of them are happy to see one another. Orchid, showing a side of herself that we have never seen before, unsure, scared and kind of weak, becomes frozen. Cue Opal as she swoops in and does to Orchid’s pimp what should be done to all pimps. Opal really shows Orchid and Simon just how bad ass she really is and shows the reader that this woman is no joke! After searching for some time, our crew finds Westin but are dismayed when they find out he no longer works for the cause due to some losses, instead he only works for money. Believing all hope is lost, Opal has yet another trick up her sleeve and the freedom fighters are off to Fortress Penuel to rescue Simon’s comrade Anzio, who has been on his own journey as he has been captured and tortured for some time. This issue shows Orchid growing and developing a lot, she asks Opal for help as she wants to learn to be a fighter/killer like Opal. However, Opal teaches her something far greater than learning how to kill. Will they get to Anzio in time or will they be too late and find themselves facing yet another setback in their mission?

After a brief hiatus Orchid has come back better than ever. This issue is great and I love seeing the different sides of Orchid’s character developing and becoming much deeper. She shows vulnerability for the first time and I think the relationship developing between her and Opal will be an amazing one. Seeing the no holds barred Opal is also fantastic, she’s a kick ass women and unapologetic (as she should be) about it! Everything as usual is on point in this issue, the art is perfect, the dialog both inspiring and frustrating and the story wonderful. Tom Morello has done an outstanding job with this comic and really has something special here. If you’re not reading it yet, you really are missing out on something great!

Release Date: March 14th, 2012

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Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Orchid #4

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

This issue begins with the bad guys still searching for General China’s elusive mask. We are introduced to the new man in charge of retrieving the mask for the “Noble” ruler. The new man in charge, Don Barrabas, is a Dhalsimesque (Street Fighter fans know) mute warrior type. We learn of his life and that since his birth he has been “different.” Terrified of him, his family decides cruelty is the only answer (who here is really demon spawn?) After years of torture he rebels and understandably hurts those who have hurt him for so many years. This of course did nothing for his popularity and he was yet again judged and banished. Taken in by the ruler, Barrabas (for his own gain undoubtedly) now does the ruler’s dirty work, including getting the mask and killing all those associated with it. Completely unaware of the hell that is coming their way, Orchid, Simon and the rest of their small crew are heading out in search of help. Before they reach their destination tragedy strikes and everything changes. Orchid however, is finally on board and that will be bad for anyone she considers an enemy.

After each issue of Orchid I believe it has gotten as good as it’s going to get and then the next issue comes out and I’m blown away. You feel so deeply for these characters (even some of the bad guys) that when bad things happen to them it’s heartbreaking. The tale of revolution and uprising never gets old. The dialog, story and concept are some of the best I have ever read, it’s so complex and compelling that I don’t want the issue to end. The art is phenomenal and really encompasses the feelings that each character would be feeling in their particular situations. If you can’t tell, I highly recommend this issue and the series as a whole, if you haven’t begun to read this yet, what the hell are you waiting for?

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review: Orchid #3

Script: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Published By: Dark Horse

Massimo Carnevale Cover

In the last issue of Orchid we saw Orchid, Simon and Yehzu about to die as a result of genetically modified, totally scary, extra-large bears.  Just as death seemed imminent they were rescued by a mysterious woman who rode in on her trusty steed.  This issue begins eleven days later, still staying with the mystery woman, who for all intents and purposes… seems a bit loony, but definitely has the will to survive (she seems to only communicate in song.)  We find that she has a very close relationship with her horse, Radius, which is understandable as she lives in the middle of the wild all alone and appears to have lived like this for a very long time.  As Orchid decides that she can no longer stay with the crazy lady and Simon (whom she blames for everything), she finally talks!  We learn her name is Opal and she tells them her life story, which is both captivating and heartbreaking.  Opal, tells of her relationship with the great revolutionary General China, the man of the people. Or was he?

This issue like the previous two is phenomenal.  There are so many layered stories that are all fantastic and even though it should be confusing it’s done so well that it’s not.  The flashback storytelling of this series is amazing, Tom Morello really understands how to get to the heart of these characters and makes every story fantastic.  The writing is concise and so perfect that the only thing you are left wanting is more.  If you have not started reading these yet do yourself a favor and go get this one and the previous two immediately, you won’t be sorry!

Release Date: December 14th, 2011

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

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

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Orchid #1

Written by: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Variant Cover: Shepard Fairey
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Massimo Carnevale Cover

 

Orchid is a brand new comic from the mind of Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. What would one expect from him? A light tale with unicorns, flowers and sunshine?  Of course not, instead we get a gripping story of revolution, revolutionaries and the struggles of meeting the end goal.  Who doesn’t love a good story about fighting the power?  Each issue of Orchid will also be promoted with a new song by Tom Morello, a two for one if you will!

Orchid is a story about actions and consequences and most importantly who will emerge unscathed from said consequences.  Those with power and wealth (these two concepts are synonymous) rule, while the regular people, the majority, have to deal will the fallout of the actions of those in control. Sound familiar?  Orchid begins with some back story, a battle lost and a people trapped, I don’t want to give away too much here.  Fast forward and we meet a group of revolutionaries trying to take down the “man.”  Unfortunately, the regular folk are not only dealing with slavery, pollution and poverty, they also have to deal with scary genetically modified animals.  This world sounds none to pleasant.  As the story progresses we see that you can take away freedoms and rights but you can never take away the fight and the will to overcome the bad.  The women are tattooed and pimped out, the strong are enslaved and the weak are killed.  While this all sounds dismal, it is almost certain that this story will progress into a hopeful, inspiring one.  This issue seems to mostly set up the general story, we do meet Orchid, who is a young enslaved prostitute and who is clearly very strong and very determined.  I am guessing that in the next issue we will see much more of what she is made of and what exactly her role will be.

The art is good, as is the dialog, although I think that both could stand a little polishing, but it is the first issue and it was still a good read.  Orchid was definitely intriguing enough to continue on reading as they come out.  This issue would be recommended especially if you are a sucker for tales of revolution and the oppressed rising up like I am and with a $1 price tag you can’t beat it!

Release Date: October 12th

  
Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Bang For Your Buck:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Ubisoft announces Comic-Con 2010 lineup

Comic-Con is coming fast, with only a week left until the big show Ubisoft has released their panel schedule and games at the show. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World The Game, Just Dance 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will all be on tap. To help out those who can’t make the pilgrimage to San Diego this year, Ubisoft will also be handing out prizes over their Twitter accountand updates throughout the show.

Ubisoft Panels:

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Thursday, July 22nd from 3:30–4:30 pm, room: 7AB
Development team members from Ubisoft Montreal will discuss the next iteration of the critically acclaimed, multi-million unit selling franchise – Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Attendees will learn about the new multiplayer mode, a first for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and get an exclusive preview of new multiplayer characters. The panel will feature an in-depth look at the story and art of the Brotherhood and the return of Ezio, now a legendary Master Assassin, as he journeys into Italy’s greatest city, Rome, to strike at the heart of the enemy. The session will also go beyond the Brotherhood to discuss the Assassin’s Creed universe as a multimedia entertainment experience.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier: Saturday, July 24th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, room: 25ABC
Hollywood and Ghost Recon are joining forces. Ubisoft and Little Minx, a company of Ridley Scott and Associates (RSA), present Oscar-winning director François Alaux (Logorama), associate producer and technical advisor to all RSA films Harry Humphries, BAFTA Film Award nominee and director of cinematography Trent Opaloch, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider video game studio producer, Adrian Lacey, in a panel discussing the upcoming Ghost Recon short film, and connections between the film and the game. Additional details about the panel will be revealed soon.

For those not familiar with Twitter, check out @Ubisoft here.

H.A.W.X. 2 gets a Trailer

Ubi is speeding up the information stream on H.A.W.X. 2, today everyone gets a taste of the game with the breakthrough video.

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About H.A.W.X. 2

DEVASTATE YOUR ENEMIES WITH PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY Use all your skills to command an astonishing array of cutting-edge technology and overwhelming firepower, delivered by tomorrow’s finest combat aircraft. From the F-35’s vectored thrust capability to the ultra-secret Enhanced Reality System, you’ll light up the skies with a suite of experimental technology available only to a chosen few.

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL TO THE WAR OF TOMORROW See the enemy’s canopy shatter as your cannon shreds his aircraft. Feel the thundering impact of your laser-guided bombs as you roar close overhead. War may not be pretty, but it sure looks impressive.

PROVE YOUR METTLE ABOVE THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS LOCATIONS From Moscow to the Persian Gulf, from the Arctic Circle to the Indian Ocean, actual high-resolution GeoEye™ commercial satellite imagery ensures an astonishing degree of realism.

AIR WARFARE BROUGHT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Fly as an elite tactical aviator:
… Go head-to-head in close-range dogfights .. Take off and land on bases and carriers .. Sweat through night precision bombing .. Track your targets using silent UAV’s then strike from above .. Use air-to-air refueling in the middle of missions

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 is set to drop this Fall for the 360, PS3, PC and Wii.

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