Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Orchid Volume 2

Orchid and the rebels finally reach Fortress Penuel. Even after all that lost in their journey, their resolve remain strong. They're going to rescue Anzio the leader of the rebels, no mater the cost.

In Orchid Volume 2 the truth about General China and his fate is revealed, former allies come into play, new alliances are forged and recent ones start to show signs of rupture.

Tom Morello keeps fanning the fires of revolution in this post-apolitical Earth where the chasm between social classes is so abysmal yet so familiar. He keeps his heroes righteous and on the path of liberation though vindication.

How is it?

This second volume starts with a funny and imaginative, but very violent, way our heroes found to get in Fortress Penuel. In fact all of the first chapter is very violent. Glorious graphic violence, guts, heads and explosions, but violence nonetheless.

Orchid Volume 2 is packed with action scenes, great reveals, some predictable, others not so much. Opal, Orchid and Simon finally enter Fortress Penuel. There both Orchid and Opal will find some acquaintance from their past. For one it will bring hilarious closure, for the other dilution.

That it boys... look this way

After thickening the rebels ranks with a few more able bodies, our heroes set to free Anzio that is scheduled to be executed in later that day. The rescue mission is an action packed blitz strike that goes as well as you might imagine. General China's magical mask takes the spotlight, by being the force behind the rebel force. Its because of its power that the rebels are able to make an escape. However there might not be a happy ending for all.

Hooky makes BOOM

In between all the fighting and running we find out what really happened to General China and how Tomo Wolfe's reached power. Sadly this is undermined by predictable storytelling and a somewhat hard to swallow story plot. Basically Tomo Wolfe is a big technological genius that uses mechanical animal beasts to enforce his. In the devastated world of Orchid there little technology available but then suddenly there's and army of mechanical horses and robotic giants spiders and so on. This took me a bit out of the story. But it might just be a pet peeve.

Art wise this is as good as the first volume. All the characters are truly unique, the world is beautifully rendered, The class difference of the difference inhabitants of Fortress Penuel are wonderfully drawn and colored. I love how Winkle's face scream traitor (don't worry, its not a spoiler).

As in the first volume, this book comes with codes to download Tom Morello's music. One music per chapter.


This is a good series. The first volume (you can check the review here) introduce a new original Universe with interesting characters and a simple but compelling story line. This second volume brings closure to some big questions and setup a couple more. Even with its faults I had good fun reading this book. Recommended.

Publisher: Dark Horse
Year: 2013
Pages: 112
Authors: Tom Morello, Scott Hepburn

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  1. Nice review Rui.

    I heard Tom Morello talk about this book on a podcast a while ago and then of course completely forgot about it. I'm always down for a post-apocalyptic tale or two and the art looks fantastic. Scott Hepburn looks like a real talent.

    Thanks man, I'll keep my eye out for this one.

    1. Hi Joe,

      This is a fun, fast paced post-apocalyptic comic. I think you'll enjoy it. We have a similar fondness for these type of books.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Looking forward to this! Sounds great. I have it on the shelf but don't know why I haven't read it yet.

    1. Hi Nicola,

      It is good fun, but like music, books also need a certain type of mood for us to take the most out of it. When the time comes you'll read it.

      I have the latest Star Wars Crimson Empire collection collecting dust in my shelf for weeks. I'm just waiting for the right mood to take the most out of it.

      Thanks for the comment.