Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Orc Stain #5

by James Stokoe

In terms of straight up originality, James Stokoe's Orc Stain is completely in a class of its own.  His story, about the machinations of Orcs, is moving along slowly, but a lot happens in each issue.

This time around, our one-eyed protagonist has been taken prisoner by the forces of the Orctzar, who has been told in a prophecy that a one-eyed Orc will be key to his plans.  To figure out which of the thousands they've captured is their target, the Orctzar's people are sending different one-eyes into a large creature that lives in a mountain (as with most things that happen in this series, this is not all that clear, but is visually very cool).

While this is going on, Bowie, the swamp-dwelling poison thrower we met last issue, is looking to avenger her burned-down hut by messing with the Orctzar's men.  She disguises herself, and infiltrates the Orc's town, causing no end of mischief.

Stokoe's storytelling is incredibly bizarre, but at the same time, there is a very consistent internal logic to this title that shows he's put a great deal of thought into how this story works.  The art and colours in this book are brilliant, and I hope it gets back to a more regular schedule.

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