Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Comic Book Scavenger Hunt, A-Z: Orchid

Title: Orchid
Issue: #6
Release: April 2012
Writer: Tom Morello
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Store: Earth Prime Comics (Burlington, Vermont)
Image via Archonia.com
 
Orchid is set in a dystopian future. The title character is a teen prostitute determined to break out of the role society has set for her to build a better life.  #6 begins in a gladiator pit but evolves into an escape narrative - always a compelling choice to my mind.  Blood and violence make this story best suited for teens and up, I'd say.

Tom Morello is more famous as a musician than as a comic book writer.  He is lead guitarist for Rage Against the Machine when they're all playing together and busy with other projects when they're not.  For each issue of Orchid, Morello has composed original music.  A password is included to download the music from his website.  I love this idea!  The music for #6 is awesome, too.

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My scavenger hunt was pretty straight-forward: find single-issue comic books off the rack with titles starting from A-Z.  Go check out the rest of the participants in this year's A-Z challenge.  The official site is here.

14 comments:

  1. Composing music for each issue is a very cool idea!

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    1. It was almost enough for me to seek out other issues. Almost, but not quite.

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  2. Wait, I thought you were doing one shot titles...? Did I miss something?

    The music thing is interesting.

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    1. I know my "single-issue" distinction is a bit confusing. Perhaps you could suggest a better word? What I mean is one issue rather than a collection. Most of them are part of longer series.

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  3. There's probably not a better word. I would have said it something like, "I'll be focusing on a single issue, whether that issue is from a series or a stand alone."
    I've been trying to think of one-shot issues this whole time.

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    1. Perhaps less is more in this case. I can take out "single-issue" and change it to "find comic books." I think most people would understand that I just mean one issue rather than a trade.

      Thank you for the feedback. It's good to refine the message.

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  4. '#6 begins in a gladiator pit but evolves into an escape narrative - always a compelling choice to my mind.'

    Elaborate?

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    1. Not too bad, actually. They are escaping from the gladiator pit, you see.

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    2. What I meant was, why is an escape narrative 'always a compelling choice' for you? I was thinking in terms of a book I read earlier in the year called 'Twenty Master Plots,' and that was one of them.

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    3. I realized too late that you may have had the emphasis on a different syllable than I did...

      An escape narrative keeps you wondering constantly about what comes next. Obstacles will inevitably come into play. How will our hero(es) find the way past them. Will he/she/they even make it? That's not always a certainty.

      Also (and I just thought of this), consider the human subconscious. An awful lot of my own anxiety dreams are essentially escape narratives and I would imagine the same is true for a lot of people.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Disha. Happy P Day!

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