Orchid Volume 1 Paperback – Jul 24 2012
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I am so glad I read this, rather unusual for me, graphic novel. Very violent, quite graphic in s*xuality, language and plain brutal images. The publisher recommends age 14+. I'm age 40+ and was disturbed by some images; my recommended age is 18+. So I start with these caveats but let me tell you this was a fantastic story!
It did start off a bit shaky. The premise is somewhat unbelievable as to how this post-apocalyptic world came to be along with the mutant DNA animals. Also I'm a bit tired of assuming that future worlds will be medieval-like and women will revert back to being used, abused "property" of men. But. Suspending belief to a degree and getting comfortable within this world with the first couple of issues, by the third issue the story has picked up and proves to be an extremely detailed, intriguing, highly developed plot. There are many side stories along with the major plot taking shape within this first volume and I was completely hooked by the end and am anxious to read volume 2 which has been added to my pre-order titles.
The characters are fantastic especially Orchid and the main male character, Simon. Orchid (who I never thought of as "teenage" but had rather set her as 20-21 in my mind) starts off weak, and a bit whiny, but her character grows throughout this volume to become the hero she is going to be for the future of the series. Simon really shined for me.Read more ›
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If you ignore the fact that the whole monster angle makes not the slightest bit of sense, the story has an appealing mythical quality. You also need to ignore the fact that cars and most mechanical devices haven't survived the devastation, but somehow "reflective bioheat panels" have been salvaged to illuminate tunnels and robots continue to operate factories. Assuming a powerful willingness to suspend disbelief, however, Orchid consistently entertains. The story is imaginative, the writing is a step or two above average, and the art is impressive. The coloring is especially noteworthy.
I would give this 4 1/2 stars, deducting a half star for the mutated monsters and a bit too much exposition in the opening pages, but since Amazon doesn't allow half stars, I'm rounding it back to 5 stars to reflect the originality of the story and the strength of the writing and art. I'm hooked and eager to see the next installment.
The covers by Massimo Carnevaleare a highlight, but the artwork and story simply didn't draw me in. There's a little too much non-linear storytelling. When non-linear is done well, it's very good, but when it's not done as well, it's not so good. One of the mysteries is the mask of General China, but even as the mystery of the mask deepens, I find myself disengaged with its story. There are some good moments in the book, and it's not a total write-off; I think some people would like it. **3/4
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
Celebrated musician Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has created a larger-than-life post-apocalyptic graphic novel about disaster, revolution, and hair-raising monsters. Orchid, Vol. 1 is a grandiose adventure of disturbingly epic proportions. It's not for the faint of heart, nor is it for those of you who don't want to be sucker punched by a reluctant hero, a feisty (prostitute) female lead, war torn nations, and creatures who'd love to have you as a snack. This is a dark and dreadful, weary place. And I invite Dystopian fans to step into the pages and submerge themselves in Orchid's frightening world.
Meet Simon, a book smart rebel who has come into possession of an artifact used by the infamous General China. He eludes capture, only to stumble upon a boy who he just barely rescues from certain death. The young boy takes Simon to his home where we meet his mother and eventually a prostitute with the word "property" tattooed across her chest, Orchid. Because of a certain "thing" Orchid has done, trouble follows her home and she, Simon and her brother are captured. And consequently, their mother is killed. Thus begins their hair-raising adventure of survival, loss, and retribution.
Overall, Orchid Volume 1 is great for anyone looking for over-the-top fantasy adventures with not-so-happy beginnings, a lot of death, and creatures that might make you think twice about entering dark forests. The artwork, ominous tone, and worldbuilding will capture your attention from page one and take you on an emotional journey that won't let up until the ride is over. Yeah folks...it's good!
The art really sells the premise and the story is compelling enough that you can shrug away a few head scratching moments. Overall, Orchid is a somewhat familiar but thoroughly intriguing.
It starts out indulgently violent and gross.. a leading character says that you can do fine if you're clever, then immediately does something really foolish, hides at home, and is shocked when she's found there. I was barely hanging on through the bad writing when I got to this particular scene: some folks are being sold as slaves. One guy gets an amazing idea when he sees a wire. He insults the slaveowner so that a guard will shove him towards the wire, which of course he does. Real quick, he REWIRES a machine he knows nothing about in the 2 seconds before the guard picks him back up. And his goal? So that when he's weighed, he weighs twice as much. Because.. that makes him seem strong and therefore desirable? His amazing plan works!
The positive thing I have to say is that the world being built is interesting and has potential, though it is revealed in narrative form, rather than being discovered or revealed organically through the story.