Orcs! #1 (The Larsen Project/Comixology)


CREDIT: The Larsen Project

Rating: 4/5 – Laugh Out Loud Dialogue and an Epic Squirrel Fight!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

I’m a sucker for fantasy comics, both serious and humorous.  Orcs! falls firmly into the humorous category and creator/writer/artist Christine Larsen has a gift for whimsy, wisecracks, and wit that hits my funnybone just right; particularly with dialogue and naming of things.  We get places like Eerieasallhell Forest (that the elves call Dapplelight Wood) and lines like orc Pez saying ‘Elves that will make holes in us faster than you can say “Ah! There’s a hole in me!”‘.  I’m all in!

And Maps!!!  I love fantasy books, comics, etc. that have maps of the “known world”.  We get not one but two in this issue, as chronicled by intrepid orc Drod One-Eye (and illuminated by scribe Christine Larsen).  Larsen’s art is also top notch, definitely stylized, but it works perfectly for the humorous world we’re getting a view into.  My sole complaint is the excessive use of zip-a-tone like shading patterns used to add texture on most of the pages in the main story, it kept hitting me with a moiré pattern feeling that was really distracting, though maybe it was the fault of my hardware.   She used this shading a lot less in the backup story and it looked visually crisper and more inviting to me.

If you’re a fan of fantasy humor, or just plain funny comics, you should check out Orcs!  I’d say if you like Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl or BOOM!’s Lumberjanes, this should be right up your alley.  It’s available on Comixology and is 32 pages of fun.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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