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  • Series: Orc Stain
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (December 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160706295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607062950
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bradford K. Wolfenden II on January 17, 2011
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I found out about this on another web pag's "top 10 sci/fi fantasy comics of last year," and one look at their .jpeg of this series and I knew it would be good. I didn't know it would be F'ing amazing! There is "Where's Waldo" depth to every background, for one can get lost in looking at all the mini-battles going on all around. James adds depth to what could be seen as instantly dumb and simple (orcs), and this depth is both visual and visceral. The artwork is a pleasure to behold as is his coloring and inking skills (Rhasta-Trip!). I love everything about this book. At one point I questioned myself for liking it due to the high level of GONCHNESS and the gonch-like shapes of buildings and weapons and animals and the currency itself. But then I asked myself if it was not, infact, a part of nature, and thusly why can't civilizations pay tribute to natural forms?

I get a lot of Akira vibrations while reading it (as far as the outlandish-yet-familiar nature of it, and some of the extreemes), I get Miyazaki vibes from it (as far as the wonder placed upon the animals [from mounts to head-dresses...Zazu was one of my favorite characters and he's a witch's hat!], yet its entirely its own work. I am excited for the series and I'm glad to know someone makes a living creating something that is this wholly its own. This is champion work, and I've done everything I can to put it in the hands of the friends I know who love graphic novels/comics/fantasy/anime. They have all loved it as well.

But beware: While not a XXX title, and while not a big joke to get you to look at them, this book contains some pen-15. The most non-erotic pen-15 ever. I guess its the next punk frontier perhaps (now that drugs and violence are passe)...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Webster on January 14, 2011
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When I read the first issue of this comic from my local comic shop, I noticed that everything was amazing. The world was so fleshed out just from the first few pages. Basically, Orc Stain is a world where the rampaging hordes take over. The main character is possibly the fated destroyer of the barbarian society, but he isn't some Conan the Barbarian character, he is a scrawny thief who can find the weak point of anything. This leads to some seriously crazy, perfect storytelling backed up by amazingly intricate artwork.

A warning: This book isn't for kids. A decent portion of the characters are very focused on cutting off other's Gronchs. Look at the cover and you will see one thing that is highly valued among Orcs in this universe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Townsend on February 12, 2011
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This is one of the rare oddities where the artwork is as outlandishly captivating as the story. The level of visual detail is amazing, and I found myself wanting more after my first reading. One of the most interesting and unusual graphic novels I've read as of late. Buy it, you'll have no regrets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Smith on April 8, 2011
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I really enjoyed this work. The artwork is great, and the storyline is fun as hell. I also think the price was right for the amount of reading you get out of it.
The artwork is on par with what I used to see in 70's era Heavy Metal comics. It is unique stylized look that doesn't fall in the standard mold of comic art.
The storyline is offbeat and quite creative. It is also an adult comic but it doesn't pander to a certain audience by making it erotic. You will see a boobie or two and some dude parts, but its not there to pander to the hairy palm crowd. It is just part of the story.
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Orc Stain is a creative masterpiece. It was entirely made by one man, james Stokoe. This book just works. Everything about it comes together perfectly. First of all, the illustrations are impeccable. This is Orc country to the fullest. Every single panel will leave you looking for details. Even the props are unique when you look closely. The characters are all very memorable. They all are unique and have their own personalities. Some are smart, some are funny, some are evil, some are dim witted, etc...The Orc society feels alive and real. The story is rather unique but fairly simple. Don't worry though, whatever the story lacks in detail it more than makes up for in content. What really surprised me about this trade was just how funny it was. Some double crossing leads to some genital chopping which in turn leads to more attempted genital chopping all while an Orc war lord is looming in the picture. I could even go on about the color scheme. After you spend a good ten minutes just looking at the cover, and you flip the first page to read, "For a Million Millenia the world has cracked and convulsed under the indomitable mob of the Orc." you know your in for a ride. Stop reading reviews. Buy this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Krug on February 26, 2011
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In the afterword Stokoe mentions 2000AD as an influence. It shows. Funny, colorful, unfettered creativity featuring a cast of monsters in a world of unrelenting brutality and madness. Deftly written, beautifully drawn, painstakingly inked, gorgeously colored by comic impresario James Stokoe.
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...James Stokoe destroys it with Orc Stain - a viscious romp through the depraved mind of this creative genius, who you should certainly already know from Godzilla: Half Century War, Wonton Soup, & Sullivan's Sluggers, among his other contributions to the medium of comics art... so, if you are reading this recommendation & haven't yet read Orc Stain, then you are quite unfortunate, quite unfortunate indeed...
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