Black Orchid Paperback – Aug 29 1991
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Praise for Black Orchid:
"[A] brilliant book that should not be passed up."—IGN
Praise for Neil Gaiman:
"Neil Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium"—Stephen King --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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While not a follower of the comics, I do love Neil Gaiman. This is the story of how Black Orchid comes to life and seeks out a meaning for, literally, the life given to her. She wants answers to the questions "Who am I? Why am I here?" and is desperate to find a place that she will belong.
Her tale is told with cameo appearances by Batman, Swamp Thing, and Poison Ivy; and you should not miss the nightmarish visit to the Arkham Asylum where a skeletal, sleepless man spills his nightmares on the floor, and the x-ray man weeps burning tears onto the floor.
She awakens as the Black Orchid in the greenhouse at Dr. Phillip Sylvian, with the memories of a woman named Susan Linden. Phil tells her about a little of her background, and tells her of those who he went to college with, without whom she would not be alive; Dr. Jason Woodrue, Pamela Isley and Alec Holland.
But before he can reveal everything to her, Phil is killed and the Black Orchid is on her own. Her ex husband Carl Thorne finds out about her plant-reincarnation, and makes a visit to her, killing all but one of the smaller plants that Phil has been nurturing. Black Orchid takes the little one with her, "Suzy", to Gotham city where a tip from a friend sends her off along to Arkham Asylum to speak with Poison Ivy. Suzy is snatched by Lexcorp, but after a quick visit with Swamp Thing, Black Orchid rescues Suzy and they fly off to the Amazon Rainforest where Black Orchid can plant her seeds.Read more ›
This book takes superhero characters (like Batman, Swamp Thing, Batman, Poison Ivy etc.Read more ›
McKean's artwork in this book goes for more of a photorealistic style that was more distinctive from Bill Sienkiewicz's work than Violent Cases, but is far less interesting than McKean's more recent and more surreal work, and with the exception of a few photographs is less multimedia and more straight painting. Furthermore, the scenes taking place in the city are largely black, white and gray, and not until the action moves to the jungle do you get brilliant flashes of colour. This was done purposely for dramatic effect, but also makes much of the art less interesting than usual. McKean himself said he was glad when he started painting the jungle scenes because he was getting utterly bored painting the rest.
Gaiman's story itself presents an interesting contrast between modern, patriachal, business-driven society with the beauty and serenity of the natural world.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love Neil Gaiman. Very beautifully written and in excellent condition. Thank you.Published 17 months ago by Bina Chauhan
First, the good news. McKean's art is a real asset. It's varied, skilled, and very expressive.
The story just didn't work for me, though. Read more
About the same time that Neil Gaiman took a little-known hero called the Sandman and created the rich mythology of Dream and the Endless, he reinvented another obscure character,... Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by Tom Knapp
One of the most beautiful graphic novels I have ever seen! Vivid colours and an excellent story (it's neil, of course the story is fantastic). Read morePublished on June 13 2003
As a big fan of Neil Gaiman's novels and Sandman series, I was truly looking forward to this. Of course, as seen in the early issues of Sandman, Gaiman wasn't a natural at writing... Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Tom Kelly
This TPB was very strong. I love the art, the dialogue, nearly everything about it. Sure, there are "distracting" cameos by Swamp Thing and Batman, but when you realize... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2001 by B_Metal88
Love the artwork, but every time I read this, I just end up scratching my head. It wanders, and just doesn't get anythig interesting done. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2000 by Chris Bickford
I bought this before "Veils", also reviewed by me, and was very happy since this work, unlike most "comics" work, was more clearly aimed at women. Read morePublished on May 28 2000 by carol irvin