At the Dark Horse booth, in the thick of the Comic-Con sweat ocean, a preview night special event saw the unveiling of three new titles.
Taking them from left to right across the presentation mural, we start with Orchid, from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and artist Scott Hepburn.
Taking the mic, Morello explained that he wrote a comic because he didn’t have the time to write a novel and didn’t want to be “another Hollywood jackass with a screenplay.” Gerard Way introduced him to Dark Horse and the path was clear.
The epic arc of some of my favourite stories, whether it’s The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or Dune or The Stand it was infused with class consiousness. I wanted to make a book that was as exciting and as intelligent as some of the music that I’ve been involved in.
The main character is a 16 year old street prostitute that becomes the Spartacus of whores.
Dark Horse unveiled a large mural, but I’ve snagged a print of the same thing. Here’s the Orchid section. The art here is by Steve Morris rather than Mr. Hepburn.
On the back, the following text:
Whern the seas rose, genetics codes were smashed. Now human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and the powerful, who overlook desolate swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid.
…the tale of a teenage prostitute beginning to learn that she is much more than a role imposed on her by the savage society in which she lives.
The comic is coming in October. Morello will be playing a set of his The Nightwatchman music at The Trickster tomorrow night.