Orchid #1

Orchid #1

Writer: Tom Morello Artist: Scott Hepburn Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 12, 2011 Cover Price: $1.00 Critic Reviews: 9
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From the mind of musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) with art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic), Orchid is the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her.

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. Welcome to the world of Orchid.

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Maria Selke Oct 4, 2011

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  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 28, 2011

    This book is going to be Dark Horse's first day and datedigital book, but interesting enough they're offering an incentive to people tobuy the book in print for $1 if they pre-order. I don't know if you actuallyhave to pre-order, but I would say it's worth looking into. The book, eventhough devoid of hope, has a lot of interesting aspects to it that if playedright could make it one of the stronger series to premier this year in comics.Whether you buy it in print or digital, just know that it's worth the money either way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - cgscreamer Nov 18, 2011

    Overall, this is a quality story, it isn't particularly new or ground-breaking but it's alot of fun and I look forward to seeing where Morello and hepburn take it. The pacing isn't too rushed and he doesn't try to cramp loads into each issue which you'd expect for the guy's first attempt at writing and hepburn's art keeps it fun when it needs to be but keeps the mood right! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 15, 2011

    The issue caused me to re-read, not out of confusion, but out of a wish for deeper understanding, and it makes me want to pick up #2 to see where this story goes. Even the familiar trappings of dystopian future crapsack world don't ruin the enjoyment of Orchid #1. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Oct 12, 2011

    Morello and artist Scott Hepburn give Orchid a concrete foundation, but don't succeed in much more than that. This story isn't as explosive as I would have guessed a Morello helmed comic to be, nor is it as relevantly charged and intelligent as I would have hoped. It does show some promise, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 12, 2011

    The best attributes of this title are the strange and obscure monsters that come out of the jungle. They would be right at home in the arena from the end of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Scott Hepburn does an equally stupendous job of creating an entire new world for readers to indulge in. We get a full view from the top of the flooded world down to the worst tropical slums, and it all looks amazing. While the settings are well-done, the characters that move about in them seem off. They have an awkward sense of motion, especially while running, and at times offer up cartoonish facial expressions that do not fit the tone of the story. Overall, this initial issue has some great work by Morello and Hepburn, but they do not succeed in telling an engaging story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Oct 14, 2011

    Whether this planned twelve-issue series will settle itself into sufficiently interesting storytelling to justify spending four bucks (or whatever) on future issues seems kind of doubtful, but it's certainly worth your spending a hundred pennies to find out if you disagree with me on that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Oct 11, 2011

    Here is a lesson for all new comic writers; you first four pages cannot be all exposition text. I understand you are trying to set the stage, but there is an old maxim you may have heard of called "Show, don't tell." There are other ways of setting up your post-eco collapse world without spending the first four pages of your brand new comic telling me about it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Oct 12, 2011

    I'm always up for a good dystopian story, and there's an interesting idea in here somewhere, but it's getting buried in a quagmire of conflicting elements and visuals. Hopefully the creative team can sort out the weaknesses and rebound in the second issue with something a little more focused. Read Full Review

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