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All Day Comic of the Day: ORC STAIN!

26 May

by Orion Tippens

Orc Stain: Volume 1

Writer, Artist, Colorist – James Stokoe

Image Comics, 2010

Collects issues 1-5 with some extras

 Orc Stain TPB cover


Here is the very reason I enjoy reading comic books: to be enveloped in an unfamiliar universe, where certain elements occasionally rip and rebuild the foundations of the imagination!

Orc Stain: Volume 1 by James Stokoe delivers a fantasy world like no other, perfected in the sequential art form.

Within lies the creator’s interpretation of the orc, familiar in too much fantasy literature as mindless, savage beasts, often in the service of a greater evil. But in the world of Orc Stain, we see a contrasting, truthful lifestyle, a more independent environment of the orc: much of it filled with otherworldly dwellings, gargantuan creatures, and dangerous vegetation. Here the resources and surroundings in orc life are complex, organized into necessity for such creatures to survive and exist. Concepts of good and evil need not apply, as purpose and necessity are more apparent to the survival of the orc inhabitants. They have savage instincts, but with a bizarre sense of logical direction that collectively evolve, which develops into a world as imaginative as futuristic sci-fi lit.

We, as readers, share in the survival of the protagonist, a one-eyed thief Orc, with a knack for hitting pressure points with his hammer. On his journey, he is eventually thrust into a grander situation, becoming the target of dominating forces and a mysterious prophecy. Along the way, discovery and treachery happen, guiding our hero in doing great and terrible things by instinct and bravery, propelling the story forward.

Orc Stain excerpt

The story elements are a perfect complement to the art. For the Continue reading

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