by Ben Peirce
The Weekly Hit (and Miss) List is a rundown of the best and worst things I read this week regardless of their original publication date. It doesn’t have to be new – just new to me.
Orchid #1 | Dark Horse | Tom Morello (w), Scott Hepburn (a)
Written by guitarist, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, the Nightwatchmen), Orchid presents a post-apocalyptic world by way of rising seas and monstrous genetic mutations. The remaining human society has reverted to a feudal caste system in which the very wealthy rule as slave-masters … so, not unlike our society today. The art of Scott Hepburn is dynamic and brings a lot of personality to the protagonist rebels and shantytown dwellers we meet. While this first issue is a little wordy, Morello seems to have a handle on comicbook storytelling and Dark Horse has a proven track record of turning rock musicians into successful comicbook writers (see Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy). I enjoyed exploring this desolate world and I look forward to the socio-political commentary that Morello is sure to weave into the story.