Review – Orchid #10

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

The battle has begun and things are not looking so good for our band of Shadow Rebels. Enzio is overwhelmed and relying on Orchid to finish her mission of killing the heartless, disgusting Tomo Wolfe. Thanks to their explosive expert, Westin, Orchid and her army have penetrated Wolfe’s fortress and are on their way to destroy him. Wolfe, unaware of Orchid’s arrival has just learned that Barrabas has turned on him and is wreaking havoc in Fortress Penuel. His day quickly gets worse as Gletkin, Wolfe’s mindless drone of a right hand man tries to restore order but fails miserably when Wolfe gives the order to find Barrabas and kill him. Wolfe, as his world is unraveling, soon learns that they have a new secret weapon, a traitor to the Shadow rebels! What would a revolution be without a few hiccups? Still, nothing will stop Orchid and her crew and she may have a few tricks up her sleeve as well.

The Shadow Rebels fight has reached a fevered pitch with only a couple of issues of this amazing comic left to go. Everything is coming to a head, death on both sides, small triumphs, big losses. Who will come out on top? Like every past issue this one is excellent and exceeds expectations. The writing is poignant and the art is impeccable. The end of Orchid is bittersweet, I can’t wait for the conclusion but not having an issue to read every month is to put it simply, gonna suck! At least there are a couple of issues left and it’s going to be a helluva ride!

Release Date: October 17th, 2012

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

Review – Orchid #8

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

Orchid is having a difficult (to say the least) time dealing with all of the losses that have been piling up at her feet and chances are she hasn’t seen the last death of someone she cares about. As Orchid and her crew are trying to escape from Tomo Wolfe’s thugs, an unlikely hero emerges to save them. After a grunt reports to Wolfe that his prisoners have escaped, Wolfe decides to take extreme measures. It becomes clear very quickly that Wolfe is not your run-of-the-mill bad guy, he’s much more than that, he is pure evil. A man with no heart or conscience whatsoever, the scariest kind who will stop at nothing to “win.” Orchid, Simon and Anzio realize that they are soon going to be outnumbered and that death is imminent. Orchid’s heart and mind seem to have lost all of their fight, that is, until a stunning and game changing revelation takes place!

Beyond brilliant. If ever there were a perfect comic, this would be it. There is so much heart and inspiration on each page, it’s impossible to not become fully immersed in the story and the characters. Orchid
is finally coming into her own and she’s taking the downtrodden and wounded with her. Tom Morello’s writing is heartfelt and flawless. Scott Hepburn’s art is amazingly beautiful. All the pain and emotion is captured with precision and beauty. Massimo Carnevale’s cover is stunning and sets the tone for the entire issue. Everything about this comic is top-notch and REQUIRED reading. If you still haven’t read any issues (seriously?!? This is issue #8?) then you are really missing out on something special and different from anything else out there!

Release Date: July 4th, 2012

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

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