In the days leading up to the end of the world, it’s important to remember a few things. Earth will be destroyed by flood, mutated and blood thirsty creatures will roam what land is left, the rich will rule with impunity and there will be cannibals…boat loads of them. Dark Horse Comics ORCHID is a well thought out and highly imaginative vision of the future. Written by Tom Morello (guitarist for Rage Against The Machine) and illustrated by Scott Hepburn and Dan Jackson. Orchid is a post apocalyptic power house delivering on all levels where others have failed.
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. This tale follows a teenage prostitute (Orchid) who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her.
Nuff respek to Tom and his crew for this brilliant graphic novel available for pre order now through Dark Horse. I couldn’t have imagined following this book issue to issue. The cliff hangers are ridiculous and what a good story line is all about. Orchid builds upon truths in the science and sociology world and blends them with stories of human triumph against insurmountable odds. How will we as human’s behave if G-d decided to reset the clock? Can we survive and learn from our mistakes? Evidently not, as tyrants who at one time were probably some lowly software engineer or former American Idol’s, have become modern day Cesar‘s and Earth G-d’s. One of the dictators, Tomo Wolf even wears a toga, giving the story a level of bizarre along with an overwhelming since that things have gone mad. Roman themes are not the only aesthetic that pervades this story, but Native American, African, Asian and a many others. Right away you get a since of Tom Morello’s worldliness in addition to that since of “we gotta get our shit together or else.” Our hero “Orchid” faces some unimaginable lost, but must pull herself together and over come her fears to become someone else, someone better that a Valk (Prostitute). She’s not alone in this quest, Opal (a hermit huntress) and Simon (The next to last remaining member of the Shadow Rebellion) both with their own agenda’s, must travel through the wild (where the fucked up critters are) to reach Tomo Wolf and save Anzio, the rebellions leader (and reason for most of the strife and lost Orchid has experienced during her travels with Simon). The characters in Orchid have rich and solid back stories filled with valuable information as to how it all began. An important thing if you want to get the ball rolling quick and put your toons through the ultimate Greek tragedies which are sure to come. The landscape is vivid and the creatures and backdrop are limitless and stand alone as works of art. Do I think it reads like a movie? Most definitely, but what doesn’t these days. Does our lead character look like Megan Fox? Sure she does, but what doesn’t these days. Will this probably get picked up by a studio and will they have Megan Fox play the lead? Guaran-fuking-teed, but that’s not taking anything away from the story or Megan…I’m just saying. This book is a priceless Gem if it can stay fresh and inventive. Here’s to an excellent read!!