The GeeksverseOrchid #1 – Advanced Review

Orchid #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Friday, October 7, 2011 by

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello comes to comics.

Written by: Tom Morello
Art by: Scott Hepburn
Colored by: Dan Jackson
Cover Art: A- Massimo Carnevale; B- Shepard Fairey

The opening of this story is different but in a good way. It’s a past tense narrative that describes and sets up this future world for us. It works pretty good. The script has a good feel to it, sounding like someone telling the story to others, and does a good job of showing how the world got to be the way it is.

The narrative continues but now the art and actions are present and the narrative is describing the action but in the past tense. It’s like in the movies as you watch the actions catch up to the narrative. It comes across as if we’re falling into the story as the storyteller is talking to us.

It works very well. At first it’s a bit odd but the more I think on it, the more I like how it’s laid out.

For a first issue this works well. We get plenty of chances to see what life is like in this future. Here Morello does a good job because none of it is out of place, it all flows naturally with the progress of the story. We get a good scene showing one of the future creatures, the new animals, as it attacks a boy but it happens as the main character is wandering. It’s not an out of place scene, it’s part of the natural flow of the story.

It’s also a good way to introduce what had been the main character up until that point with the title character. Orchid’s introduction to the story works very well and it’s an organic way to get her involved with the actions of the opening. For a first time comic writer, Morello is showing some skill at plotting.

The art by Hepburn is very good. It fits the atmosphere of this future very well. The new creatures that he draws are excellant. I loved the multi-legged-furred-bird thing. He’s got interesting layouts and shows a strong sense of storytelling.

Orchid #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An excellant opening to this new series. Well plotted and written.

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