Orc Stain, Vol. 1

James Stokoe. Image (Diamond, dist.), $17.99 trade paper (168p) ISBN 978-1-60706-295-0
The Orcs, fantasy staples from the Lord of Rings trilogy, are colorfully—and lustily—re-imagined here by Stokoe (Wonton Soup) as savage creatures driven by greed, blood and sex. The main source of currency—and warrior pride—for the Orcs is the Gronch, the male genitalia. When dried out, it's known as Chit and when lopped off as punishment, the Gronch is worn as a trophy. In one corner of the Orc kingdom—and kingdom is a loose word for the lawless territories the various roaming bands occupy—a new force calling himself the OrcTzar is determined to unite the disparate Orcs under one banner. Elsewhere, an Orc known as One-Eye is traveling through, helping a particularly sleazy character, Pointyface, gather the treasure necessary to appease the local gang chief, known as a Norman. One-Eye is a keen safe cracker, while Pointy-Face is more interested in finding love nymphs to sleep with and Krabs to smoke. While Stokoe's mythology is slightly sophomoric, the visuals are a standout—though influenced by a mix of Moebius and underground influences, it's truly original. Illus. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 03/21/2011
Release date: 12/01/2010
Genre: Comics
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