The Order of the Forge #1

Writer: Victor Gischler Artist: Tazio Bettin Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 29, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Before he fathered a nation, young George Washington forged his legend in blood! Imbued with the mystical powers of America’s original inhabitants, George—along with his friends Ben Franklin and Paul Revere—must stop an evil governor who wishes to rule an empire!

  • 9.1
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Apr 29, 2015

    The Order of the Forge #1is an impressive, and at times humorous, start to the series complete with action, character development and story progression. The pace is just right, and the story build up has me intrigued about the antagonist's goals as well as the true nature and extent of George Washington's powers. It has nudity and curses so if that's offensive to you just be mindful of that. So I'm hoping that what unfolds next issue is as enjoyable as this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Apr 28, 2015

    The Order of the Forge #1 was a read that I went into incredulously but now am glad I checked out. Another solid outing by the Gischler/Bettin creative combo! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 29, 2015

    I wasn't exactly surprised by this series. I knew what I was getting, but I would love to see the look on other people's faces when they crack this open and hear Paul Revere complain about his Dickhead boss. Some people may not like this story and that's their loss since this story is clearly just trying to entertain. It's not trying to bring about some deep patriotism from within or the other extreme of "Murica Fuck Yeah", but maybe it's just looking for a "George Washington Fuck Yeah!" And that's something I can get on board with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 29, 2015

    The Order of the Forge has a lot of company when it comes to historical fiction these days, both in film and TV as well as books and even other comics. This series is going in a lighter tone overall, playing with history and keeping some elements while ejecting others and inserting the supernatural side. There's a superficial feeling about it to a degree because it's moving through things fairly quickly and it introduces a lot of moving pieces in its first issue, which is met with mixed results. It just feels like it needed a bit more grounding first, especially for those that have forgotten more history than they know after being removed from schooling for so many years, and a deeper sense of menace or something more concrete on the supernatural side. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Aj Davidson May 22, 2015

    On to presentation and we have some fairly plain but well laid out panels. Clean and solid but unfortunately tied down by the period trimmings being nothing new. However background visuals have comendable levels of detail put into them, all rounded off by a good looking lightning storm by the issues end. Unfortunately this is marred by some overzealous use of nudity which is fine in moderation but a bit overused here, especially since it is reserved for most of the current female cast, though this is only a minor gripe as of now. Enter OOTF expecting little in the way of seriousness and you should be off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 29, 2015

    "The Order of the Forge" #1 is largely exposition and ends on a cliffhanger that engages in a bit of repetition, but it's a nice setup that's welcoming enough, even for those who aren't big fans of history. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Apr 28, 2015

    Its just not quite interesting enough to really heartily recommend, but at the same time, its not immediately dismissible. Theres potential for a fun story to be told here, if they actually get to the historical-team-up-come-zombie-viking-axe-murder-session that the cover promises. Future issues could see this become more essential, but for now, its not quite there yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson May 8, 2015

    The Order of the Forge throws together a handful of fun facts surrounding the Founding Fathers and tosses in a magic ax.  Unfortunately, the ax is the most interesting thing about the book so far.  That might be because it doesn't speak.  At this rate, I expect Paul Revere to shout "The British are coming!" while exiting the brothel. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    AIPT - John F. Trent Apr 29, 2015

    The Order of the Forge does a good job of breaking down the mythos surrounding Washington and Franklin, but it fails to create another one. Instead, the characters are left languishing without a real identity. The artwork had sparks of inspiration, but overall felt flat with little detail to character expressions and when the characters were expressing themselves it was almost overdone and didn't feel natural. The plot hints at mystery but fails to deliver anything concrete. Read Full Review

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