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Black Orchid Deluxe Edition Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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Praise for Black Orchid:
"[A] brilliant book that should not be passed up."--"IGN"
Praise for Neil Gaiman:
"Neil Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium"--Stephen King --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best selling author of The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie from director Henry Selick. His other books include The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Awards as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) and the short collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of the children's books The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The Black Orchid has been fighting comic crime since the 1950's, but her backstory was never made clear. She is similar to the phantom stranger in that regard. This story attempts to restart the character, making clear her backstory and setting her up in a new direction. Cameo's from the rest of the DC universe abound (yes, including that one). Plus the series loves to subvert cliche's and expectations, with at least three scenes that you would never see coming in a normal comic.
I should also mention that Dave McKean's artwork is breath-taking. altering between abstract and hyper-realistic, the only people I've seen do better are Alex Ross and J H Williams. This was a great miniseries, and I wish Vertigo would collect the ongoing series it inspired.
Strong recommendation for fans of The Sandman, Saga of the Swamp Thing and indie comics fans.
Neil Gaiman’s writing and flow of the story is heartfelt, brutal, yet passionate. The driving force of hate and the lack of knowledge about the main character, Black Orchid, seems in diametric opposition. However, it works so well creating these nefarious characters against the beautiful backdrop of the Black Orchid story line.
The introduction of Batman, Lex Luther and particularly Swamp Thing popped my eyes out. How marvelous to interlace the Amazonian rainforest flower, the “Black Orchid” and the Louisiana marshy bayou plants with “Swamp Thing” was so appropriate & great fun!
About the graphic novels placed into a digital format; I have struggled as any “good comic book enthusiasts” has between the tactile comic book vs. the digital screen. I guess, I have gone to the dark side. 1st: the color on the monitor is so much better than my tpb’s or my books. 2nd: great value. & 3rd: I have a notebook or tablet where ever I go.
I found reading “Black Orchid” by Neil Gaiman on my computer to be an exciting and enjoyable experience. When each of the panels expanded, everything intensified. The color was beautiful and the words were easy-to-read !
I am studying the art of the graphic novel and this book is a really good read, and also a great teacher. I have learned a great deal from its use of graphic communication. KUDDOS to the various artists who put this work together!!