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For a million millennia the world has cracked and convulsed under the indomitable mob of the orc. Savage, bloodthirsty creatures, they are without number, staining nearly every corner of the globe. The mighty Orc Tzar, newest leader of the mob, marches ever north to find the lost organ of a forgotten god. Only a lone, one-eyed orc with a mysterious gift can find the key to For a million millennia the world has cracked and convulsed under the indomitable mob of the orc. Savage, bloodthirsty creatures, they are without number, staining nearly every corner of the globe. The mighty Orc Tzar, newest leader of the mob, marches ever north to find the lost organ of a forgotten god. Only a lone, one-eyed orc with a mysterious gift can find the key to breaking the cycle forever.


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For a million millennia the world has cracked and convulsed under the indomitable mob of the orc. Savage, bloodthirsty creatures, they are without number, staining nearly every corner of the globe. The mighty Orc Tzar, newest leader of the mob, marches ever north to find the lost organ of a forgotten god. Only a lone, one-eyed orc with a mysterious gift can find the key to For a million millennia the world has cracked and convulsed under the indomitable mob of the orc. Savage, bloodthirsty creatures, they are without number, staining nearly every corner of the globe. The mighty Orc Tzar, newest leader of the mob, marches ever north to find the lost organ of a forgotten god. Only a lone, one-eyed orc with a mysterious gift can find the key to breaking the cycle forever.

30 review for Orc Stain, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    ΕιζΝιnΕ

    [NOTE: Spoilers below...] Opening the cover and flipping through the pages of James Stokoe's 'Orc Stain: Volume 1' was one of those rare instances that the artist's style triggered a cerulean blue thunderbolt of aesthetic revelation, arcing from printed page to optical cortex. In the last several years, there's only been a handful: Michael Deforge's 'Lose'; Jesse Jacob's 'Even the Giants'; Theo Ellsworth's 'Capacity'; and Rafael Grampa's 'Mesmo Delivery'. Other artists -- some of whom I like just [NOTE: Spoilers below...] Opening the cover and flipping through the pages of James Stokoe's 'Orc Stain: Volume 1' was one of those rare instances that the artist's style triggered a cerulean blue thunderbolt of aesthetic revelation, arcing from printed page to optical cortex. In the last several years, there's only been a handful: Michael Deforge's 'Lose'; Jesse Jacob's 'Even the Giants'; Theo Ellsworth's 'Capacity'; and Rafael Grampa's 'Mesmo Delivery'. Other artists -- some of whom I like just as much or better -- usually start strong, but gradually convince me of their genius as the story progresses... no cerulean blue thunderbolts; they just didn't have the bombastic style or apparent originality of an artist like Rafael Grampa -- for example. The dangerous levels of awesomeness emitted by Rafael Grampa: The fourth name on that list is James Stokoe. His early work in Won Ton Soup bears a strong resemblance to the style of his friend Brandon Graham; but my first exposure was the spot he landed after making a huge evolutionary leap: the toxic colors and bold, intricate line-work of 'Orc Stain: Volume 1'. There was still a Graham influence, but it was just one ingredient in a concoction that includes Paul Pope, Nathan Fox, Geof Darrow, Moebius, Taiyo Matsumoto, Dave Cooper, and Farel Dalrymple. With that many ingredients, the stylistic influences coalesce and disappear, becoming something new. Equally dangerous awesomeness from James Stokoe: Honestly, 'Orc Stain' could've sucked as a story -- I think I expected it to suck -- so I was surprised to find myself loving Stokoe's nasty little fantasy about a world ruled by Orcs. This goes way beyond the 'grimdark' genre in many ways, but it's got an easy, lightly satirical humor that keeps it far from bleak. Everything in this world looks diseased or poisonous, but it's fun to look at and richly detailed. The mountains are dotted with huge, stone Orc-heads -- grave-markers for those who have earned a number in death -- and fat, bear-like monsters called 'Gurpa', who act as living vaults, waking only when someone tries to break in. Sexy, krab-smoking Love Nymphs are everywhere, but female orcs are mysteriously absent. When we first meet One-Eye, a thief and vault-buster with the ability to see the fault-lines and pressure points of any structure, orc-made or natural, he's doing a job for the Norman, a local Skrubtown gangster who's partnered him up with a nasty orc called Pointy-Face. When the Gurpa they break into is empty, Pointy-Face rips off One-Eye to clear his debt, leaving him to face the prospect of losing his gronch -- his dick -- as recompense. One-Eye escapes just as sinister agents of the OrcTzar come north looking for him, but is wounded in the melee by these deadly 'Shakatuu' henchmen. When the poisoned dart leaves him unconscious in a bog, One-Eye is nursed back to health by a Swamp Ramba, a clever and conniving mistress of poison with her own agenda. The Shakatuu aren't far behind, finding her hut in the swamp quite easily (witches always have a swamp-hut); they make a dangerous enemy of her, stealing One-Eye and destroying her home. The story then heads into one of those excavated troglodyte temples orcs have been pioneering since Tolkien-times, where One-Eye is being held by Sersa, the Orc-Tzar's right hand, as the possible key to a massive gronch-related prophecy. Crazy-but-still-sort-of-familiar-violence-and-mayhem ensue. In case you ever wondered what an Orc civilization might use as its economic standard, well...: Orc Stain is fun stuff that looks fucking incredible. The story has a little of 'Dungeon's ability to blend satire and earnest adventure, subverting some tropes and using others, even as it pokes gentle fun. Attention is given to every slimy corner of this world, from the slap-dash ghetto architecture, deliberately over-wrought Darrow-like mechanisms, and inventive puppet-telegraphy that has a distinct 'King City' feel. It even includes an informative appendix with more details on gronch-based chits, and an afterword in which Stokoe acknowledges his debt to 2000 AD, which in retrospect... sure. But artists never mention their deepest influences, either because they're unaware of the debt or they take it for granted. Yep. I hope Stokoe gets back to Orc Stain, but he's busy with Godzilla lately, a gig that probably pays better than this creator-owned project from Image. Even though I'd probably 5-star this motherfucker for the art alone, Orc Stain also works as an really entertaining read. Stokoe's Godzilla art, and his version of Galactus and The Silver Surfer... he's obviously getting a reputation for his ability to do epic scale and cataclysm: More Art-book Reviews More Comic-book Reviews More Novel Reviews

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Orc Stain is set in a world run by Orcs where they’re as savage and stupid and conflict-driven as they’re portrayed in other media. Broadly the story is this one orc chieftain, the Orctzar, has risen to power and is uniting the other clans by taking them over but he’s especially concerned with finding a one-eyed orc who happens to be our protagonist, One-Eye. Broadly. Because when you’re told the reasoning at the start of the book, the whole thing doesn’t really make any sense. A seer or someone Orc Stain is set in a world run by Orcs where they’re as savage and stupid and conflict-driven as they’re portrayed in other media. Broadly the story is this one orc chieftain, the Orctzar, has risen to power and is uniting the other clans by taking them over but he’s especially concerned with finding a one-eyed orc who happens to be our protagonist, One-Eye. Broadly. Because when you’re told the reasoning at the start of the book, the whole thing doesn’t really make any sense. A seer or someone tells the Orctzar that this one-eyed orc will “unlock his god-organ”. Wha?! The reader has no idea what that is or why it’s important. James Stokoe proves to be one of those creators who’s a great artist but a rubbish writer. Because the art in this book is wonderful, really. I love the imaginative designs of the various orcish societies - and the architecture varies between clans too, an inspired touch - as well as the vibrancy of the world where everything’s alive. We’re introduced to One-Eye as he tries breaking into a safe which is a giant bear or something and its alarm is a bird - it’s like the Flintstones! The brutal and primitive aspects to this world made me think of Mad Max - definitely a plus - and the way the Orcs communicate over long distances through blinded marionettes was genius, kinda like a precursor to that guy in Fury Road with the flamethrower guitar! Even the prison is a giant beast which, from what we’ve seen of them at this point, feels like something the orcs would do - rather than build an elaborate structure, just toss their prisoners into something massive, ready-made and horrible! But oy, the story, the writing? It’s not there. One-Eye remains as one-dimensional as when we first meet him. He’s disaffected to start with and then he’s on the run by the end - he just reacts to things, we don’t know what he’s after or what he wants. The Orctzar’s storyline, as I mentioned above, is unfathomable. And, aside from an unfunny castration storyline, that’s really the whole book! Hordes of orcs shallowly smashing other hordes of orcs - who cares? Orc Stain showcases James Stokoe’s considerable artistic talents and imagination while also highlighting his limitations as a writer. Check it out if you’re an art aficionado otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jan Philipzig

    Underground-inspired, detailed and colorful but ultimately rather pointless fantasy parody or homage or something.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This my first time reading anything from James Stokoe. Orc Stain is pure fantasy, created on the drive of Stokoe wanting to give a fitting background to every Orc we ever encountered on the popular fantasy franchises (especially Lord of the Rings, being the reason of Stokoe wanting to create Orc Stain in the first place). He thinks Orcs are more than purely evil and unethical beings, so he creates a fantasy series dedicated to them only. It's fun, it's exceptionally designed and colored, I mean This my first time reading anything from James Stokoe. Orc Stain is pure fantasy, created on the drive of Stokoe wanting to give a fitting background to every Orc we ever encountered on the popular fantasy franchises (especially Lord of the Rings, being the reason of Stokoe wanting to create Orc Stain in the first place). He thinks Orcs are more than purely evil and unethical beings, so he creates a fantasy series dedicated to them only. It's fun, it's exceptionally designed and colored, I mean the level of detail is an optical orgasm. You can read a page a bunch of times and still miss things and gimmicks. I strongly suggest this title to anyone that remotely enjoys the epic fantasy genre, and I hope that Stokoe finds the passion and time to continue the series (it's stuck on issue #7 the last 5 years.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    It is rare for me to finish a book or graphic novel so quickly these days. I finished this in two sittings and want more. This book is the right kind of crazy. Beautifully drawn and colored with a story that is just amazingly over the top. Forget the usual fantasy tropes... this book tosses them all out the window or reshapes them in unusual and inventive ways. I absolutely loved this!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt Trowbridge

    If you're looking for an incredibly drawn, thoughtfully presented, humorous fantasy story, Orc Stain is it. Within its genre, I give Orc Stain four stars. Still rather revolting, though, but I guess that's part of its point. If you're looking for an incredibly drawn, thoughtfully presented, humorous fantasy story, Orc Stain is it. Within its genre, I give Orc Stain four stars. Still rather revolting, though, but I guess that's part of its point.

  7. 4 out of 5

    zxvasdf

    Creator owned comics, especially those written, coloured, and illustrated by the creator, are the best out there. Orc Stain is no exception, except that it is the cream of the crop. The art is a labor of love, incredibly detailed and the color that sings between the ink is a welcome change from Stokoe's usual black and white fare. The Orc Tzar, a Genghis Khanesque Qin wannabe, is marshaling his not inconsiderable forces to unify the orc nation. Fickle and moronic, the orcs cannot remain cohesive Creator owned comics, especially those written, coloured, and illustrated by the creator, are the best out there. Orc Stain is no exception, except that it is the cream of the crop. The art is a labor of love, incredibly detailed and the color that sings between the ink is a welcome change from Stokoe's usual black and white fare. The Orc Tzar, a Genghis Khanesque Qin wannabe, is marshaling his not inconsiderable forces to unify the orc nation. Fickle and moronic, the orcs cannot remain cohesive for long, and often splinter into smaller tribes and colonies. The Tzar consults an oracle and discovers that an one-eyed orc is destined to be his downfall. In a classic act of self-fulfilling prophecy, he orders all one-eyed orcs be taken captive. In the land of the blind, the One-Eyed orc is king. Possessing an intelligence and morality in an entire culture of cultures that revels in inane, moronic violence, One-Eye is spectacularly and utterly alone in his unique nature. He also has a knack for discovering the weak spot in objects which saves his ass on more that a million occasions. What Stokoe has written is a perverse, epic masterpiece to rival fantasy tropes the likes of Tolkien and Jordan. In the first few books, he has established an interesting culture based on an even more interesting currency. The gronch is a lopped-off orc penis. The gronch is peeled and chopped into chits to be dehydrated over a fire. So on that basis, orcs are continually betraying and engaging each other in combat for the payoff of a warm, severed gronch. And there's the poison throwers, solitary female shamans that occupy the swamplands. So far, the limited roles females play in the Orc Stain is that of a low-caste prostitute or the much feared swamp ramba. (I am really looking forward to discovering Stokoe's treatment of the orc reproduction process) Using the poison thrower, Stokoe exhibits creative alchemial uses for strange creatures. This is just the beginning of an epic tale to rival the mush towards Mordor. If the reader isn't easily made queasy by almost ceaseless obscene renditions of the gronch, here awaits an exciting and subversive read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Desrosiers

    This gets an extra star because it includes a kick-ass punchline -- the orc currency (the "chit") is actually the sliced-up penises of dead orcs. The appendix includes detailed, illustrated descriptions of how this is done. I had no idea. There are heroic castrations of corpses, sure, I figured that was an analogue to scalping, but nowhere did I see these man-dangles getting turned into currency... nowhere did I witness a "chit" changing hands. And of course, after reading the appendix, my quest This gets an extra star because it includes a kick-ass punchline -- the orc currency (the "chit") is actually the sliced-up penises of dead orcs. The appendix includes detailed, illustrated descriptions of how this is done. I had no idea. There are heroic castrations of corpses, sure, I figured that was an analogue to scalping, but nowhere did I see these man-dangles getting turned into currency... nowhere did I witness a "chit" changing hands. And of course, after reading the appendix, my questions multiplied -- obviously if you're a well-endowed orc, you're just a target from day one, right? And if so, surely natural selection would have created a species with a micropenis? By the by, can these "chits" be debased by thinner slicing? But yeah, this is a work of complete comic-book virtuosity -- written, drawn, and colored (in spectacular Pez-vomit scheme) by Stokoe, who obviously has a fertile imagination and one weird socio-political turn of mind. For one thing, this is the "greenest" universe I've ever seen, in that everything, even a money safe and a beer can, is a living being. These are downed or broken into of course -- complete with fascinating levels of horror and pity. Even a problematic thing like long-distance communication is solved by using orcs connected by puppet strings through some living medium stretched out over miles. As for the actual plot, Stokoe kinda relies on the "here's another cool development" line of thought -- as if he didn't actually construct this plot before drawing it. Fun but very random and often goofy. On the whole though, very entertaining, creepy, strange. Not intended for weak stomachs or minds. Stokoe is young and I suspect he's on to something very important...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Lopez

    What completely blows my mind is that James Stokoe is the writer, illustrator, AND inker for this entire series. You can tell after the first issue that Stokoe is really passionate about the story he's telling here. He's injected a bit of himself into every page. I cannot get over how ridiculously sick his artwork is. Just absolutely wicked. The last time I was this impressed with artwork was when I first saw Sheldon Vella's stuff in KILL AUDIO. The subject matter is very simple, but really fun What completely blows my mind is that James Stokoe is the writer, illustrator, AND inker for this entire series. You can tell after the first issue that Stokoe is really passionate about the story he's telling here. He's injected a bit of himself into every page. I cannot get over how ridiculously sick his artwork is. Just absolutely wicked. The last time I was this impressed with artwork was when I first saw Sheldon Vella's stuff in KILL AUDIO. The subject matter is very simple, but really fun to get behind: Orcs are mindless killing machines. Main Orc is worried about a particular orc (our hero, One-Eye) because of what an oracle has told him. Sends out his troops to find him. Meanwhile, One-Eye is just trying to make a quiet living as a safe-breaker seeing as he's so good at it. Hilarity ensues. Again, this is just an absolute joy to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Smith

    Possibly the craziest fucking thing I've ever read. But damned fun. Look forward to more. Possibly the craziest fucking thing I've ever read. But damned fun. Look forward to more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Wiebe

    I'd give my gronch to work with James Stokoe. I'd give my gronch to work with James Stokoe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leyaii

    Lots of orc penis. Like, it's central. Gruesomely central. Lots of orc penis. Like, it's central. Gruesomely central.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    One of the weirdest, grossest, but best indie comics I've read in a while. One of the weirdest, grossest, but best indie comics I've read in a while.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    This.... is... just... wow... So, I like fantasy RPGs, I like some fantasy fiction (not much actually), I like to read graphic novels, and this alternative take on orcs sounded kind of fun. What I did not expect is some of the best art I've ever seen -- the character concepts are amazing, the environments are amazing, the colors are great, the level of detail is to die for... One thing I really don't like about a lot of graphic novels is when effort and detail is disproportionate between the mai This.... is... just... wow... So, I like fantasy RPGs, I like some fantasy fiction (not much actually), I like to read graphic novels, and this alternative take on orcs sounded kind of fun. What I did not expect is some of the best art I've ever seen -- the character concepts are amazing, the environments are amazing, the colors are great, the level of detail is to die for... One thing I really don't like about a lot of graphic novels is when effort and detail is disproportionate between the main action in the panel and the background elements. Don't get me wrong -- I understand why that happens, it's a ton of extra work! But I don't care how cool a character is, if their world doesn't feel fully realized, I'm not sucked into their story. This has probably the most immersive setting I've seen in a graphic novel -- every panel has something to discover in the background -- sometimes hilarious little side jokes. The story is about a one-eyed, hammer-wielding orc who wanders the mountains trying to find loot. There's a big threat coming from some orc king who's managed to unite all the tribes for the first time ever, and then there's some other stuff. None of that really matters much -- it's all about the set pieces, crazy concepts, and amazing art. There's also a heavy emphasis on, um... orcs cutting off other orcs "members", which is shown in vivid detail and becomes a major plot point. So -- you have kind of be ready for that kind of content (and some sex too). Great stuff, a shame the series never continued.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Orcs are hyper-violent, penis-obsessed, blustering idiots, and somehow this book manages to make them... not sympathetic, because it never excuses them, but interesting and worth spending time with. The art is hypnotically detailed, so even things that are grotesque are beautifully rendered. The main character is an orc who gets glimpses of a better way of living, while still surviving in the savage reality of his world. He follows the basic Hero's Journey of Mad Max, stumbling into a plot that' Orcs are hyper-violent, penis-obsessed, blustering idiots, and somehow this book manages to make them... not sympathetic, because it never excuses them, but interesting and worth spending time with. The art is hypnotically detailed, so even things that are grotesque are beautifully rendered. The main character is an orc who gets glimpses of a better way of living, while still surviving in the savage reality of his world. He follows the basic Hero's Journey of Mad Max, stumbling into a plot that's far bigger than his survival-oriented intentions. The entire design of this book pulled me deeper into the panels so before I knew it I'd either gotten lost pouring over one page or I'd swept through 30 pages of action and comedy (in which case I went back and poured over those pages again). Either way, it's not life-changing but it is very satisfying. Apparently Stokoe is slowly working on finishing the last few issues that will make up the second half of the story. Normally I'm impatient for that sort of thing, but this artwork is so clearly labor-intensive that I'd wait a decade to let it be done right. It's the kind of intense, weird, niche work that could only be done by one person with a singular vision. The afterword describes the genesis of the idea (a 10 page comic he made years ago about two orcs arguing about if there could be another way to live), and I really hope that it's either published with Volume 2 or posted somewhere on the internet for us to read once we've seen the completed story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grant Cousineau

    There's a sort of Dr. Seuss quality to the oddness of the worlds Storoke creates, in vivid detail, marked by rich color gradients. There's almost so much detail that you could read through it several times and observe new things, like details in the background or smart foreshadowing. It's beautifully drawn and probably one of the most visually appealing comics on the market. As for the story itself, it's exciting and solid, though borrows shamelessly from well-worn plot devices. Stoic hero seeks There's a sort of Dr. Seuss quality to the oddness of the worlds Storoke creates, in vivid detail, marked by rich color gradients. There's almost so much detail that you could read through it several times and observe new things, like details in the background or smart foreshadowing. It's beautifully drawn and probably one of the most visually appealing comics on the market. As for the story itself, it's exciting and solid, though borrows shamelessly from well-worn plot devices. Stoic hero seeks revenge against what is essentially a criminal, with plenty of action that culminates in an epic-level climax. The creativity is not in the story points, but more in the way he takes well-known story ideas and puts them through both his visual style and the filter of what it might resemble in the orc world. There's also a bit of heavy--if not apt--symbolism ins the value placed on "gronches" both as victory trophies that earn respect as well as an actual measure of currency. And there's a level of perversion and grotesqueness that truly separates this story from any other. There were definitely moments that could have run deeper, and certainly some straight-up cartoonish moments, but in appealing to the young, mostly male demographic, it hits all the marks. As someone who enjoys the ways in which comic expand our ideas of what makes a story, Orc Stain may not have been perfect or life changing, but it was still great in enough ways to recommend to any fan of the genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nore

    Penises as currency? Women being almost nonexistent outside of "love nymphs"? Rampant misogyny that's pretty much unremarked on? Hmmm, pretty fucking awful. But... interesting worldbuilding? One cool female character? Art that did it for me? I'll actually resort to a reaction image for once: I can't in good conscience give this more than two stars because I was gritting my teeth the entire time I was reading it, which sucks! I did like the art, I was sort of interested in the storyline (enough so Penises as currency? Women being almost nonexistent outside of "love nymphs"? Rampant misogyny that's pretty much unremarked on? Hmmm, pretty fucking awful. But... interesting worldbuilding? One cool female character? Art that did it for me? I'll actually resort to a reaction image for once: I can't in good conscience give this more than two stars because I was gritting my teeth the entire time I was reading it, which sucks! I did like the art, I was sort of interested in the storyline (enough so that I'm disappointed to see this was released in 2010 and never followed up on), and I even found the humor entertaining on occasion. But man, the sexism is lazy, and there's not so much as a hint that there may be a good reason for it. Maybe if Stokoe had ever released more of the series, he could have changed my mind - if there ever is a volume 2, I'll give it a try, because there could be a solid lore reason for the preponderance of male orcs. Who knows! But based on this volume alone, no thanks.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jared Millet

    There's an element within SF&F that I would describe as "deliciously scuzzy," the kind of feel you get from B-movies and the bootleg dealer stands hidden in the nooks and crannies of every SF convention. Orc Stain reeks of that atmosphere, and I love it. To paraphrase Mel Brooks, this comic "rises below vulgarity." Every page is overstuffed with oozy little details, like a Heavy Metal version of "Ren & Stimpy." This volume contains the first five issues of the comic. Only two more issues were eve There's an element within SF&F that I would describe as "deliciously scuzzy," the kind of feel you get from B-movies and the bootleg dealer stands hidden in the nooks and crannies of every SF convention. Orc Stain reeks of that atmosphere, and I love it. To paraphrase Mel Brooks, this comic "rises below vulgarity." Every page is overstuffed with oozy little details, like a Heavy Metal version of "Ren & Stimpy." This volume contains the first five issues of the comic. Only two more issues were ever published, apparently, so I guess there's no hope for a vol. 2. Such a shame.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lins

    I dislike this comic. The art style is unappealing to me and confusing visually. Almost no contrast. Just about everything in the frame is a random gradient of the same 3 or 4 colors arranged differently. Clothes, skin, wood, blood, smoke, plants. It's all a red, green, purple seemingly arbitrary gradient. The writing was uninspired. Apparently they're orcs, but other than a nonsense word added here and there they talk normally. There's a weird fascination on orc genitalia. The whole thing just I dislike this comic. The art style is unappealing to me and confusing visually. Almost no contrast. Just about everything in the frame is a random gradient of the same 3 or 4 colors arranged differently. Clothes, skin, wood, blood, smoke, plants. It's all a red, green, purple seemingly arbitrary gradient. The writing was uninspired. Apparently they're orcs, but other than a nonsense word added here and there they talk normally. There's a weird fascination on orc genitalia. The whole thing just gives me a headache. Definitely not for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    After my last read of Godzilla I decided to dig this one out and reread it. This is a kind of post apocalyptic Orc story. It is heavy on atmosphere and story and the art here is unbelievable! You have to read this one to believe it. It hurts me deeply that Stokoe didn't do more of this. The eye patch wearing main character doesn't say much and yet delivers a wonderful presence here, just because of the way he is drawn. The Orc Tzar who is the villain, well you just hate him immediately. This one After my last read of Godzilla I decided to dig this one out and reread it. This is a kind of post apocalyptic Orc story. It is heavy on atmosphere and story and the art here is unbelievable! You have to read this one to believe it. It hurts me deeply that Stokoe didn't do more of this. The eye patch wearing main character doesn't say much and yet delivers a wonderful presence here, just because of the way he is drawn. The Orc Tzar who is the villain, well you just hate him immediately. This one is a keeper and you should read it, now! Danny

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lewonczyk

    Gnarly fantasy weirdness courtesy of a master stylist. The story is brash, bloody and barbaric, revolving around a nasty-brutish-and-short culture of orcs whose social status and currency system revolves around castration - some entertaining world-building, even if many of the details skeeve me out. But the art, the amazing art! Each panel is blown out with mind-bending levels of detail, yet a line never feels wasted - it's a truly immersive visual experience, and, despite the ugliness of its de Gnarly fantasy weirdness courtesy of a master stylist. The story is brash, bloody and barbaric, revolving around a nasty-brutish-and-short culture of orcs whose social status and currency system revolves around castration - some entertaining world-building, even if many of the details skeeve me out. But the art, the amazing art! Each panel is blown out with mind-bending levels of detail, yet a line never feels wasted - it's a truly immersive visual experience, and, despite the ugliness of its denizens' beliefs and behavior, a world that I perversely loved spending time in.

  22. 5 out of 5

    spen

    This book has gorgeous, grungy art, and a very silly story which I find difficult to fully enjoy. Delight in its indulgent, comix-steeped, trichromatic ugliness if you can. It has too many abused testicles in it for my liking, but it's still good fun. This book has gorgeous, grungy art, and a very silly story which I find difficult to fully enjoy. Delight in its indulgent, comix-steeped, trichromatic ugliness if you can. It has too many abused testicles in it for my liking, but it's still good fun.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shawn M.

    This is what I crave in comics. A creator that uses both sides of his brain! It's beautiful from cover to cover. Too bad he hasn't continued the story in years. But I'll keep an eye out if it ever does. Viva la Gronch! This is what I crave in comics. A creator that uses both sides of his brain! It's beautiful from cover to cover. Too bad he hasn't continued the story in years. But I'll keep an eye out if it ever does. Viva la Gronch!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ness

    This one breaks my heart. I love the art, the weird-but-compelling universe, and I'm dying to know what happens to One-Eye, Bowie and Zazu, but it seems unlikely Stokoe is gonna add to this universe any time soon. This one breaks my heart. I love the art, the weird-but-compelling universe, and I'm dying to know what happens to One-Eye, Bowie and Zazu, but it seems unlikely Stokoe is gonna add to this universe any time soon.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jared Lancaster

    A brief reprieve for my brain, which has been deadlifting some heavy brain weights since since July. A fun bloody, interesting, and (I mean this in the nicest way possible) anti-Tolkien book. Bummer that we probably won’t see more issues from Stokoe, but you gotta love the art he does.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jesse L

    meh it was ok. I liked the art but it was....okay. I don't get the hype, story was meh, writing was meh. meh it was ok. I liked the art but it was....okay. I don't get the hype, story was meh, writing was meh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Codepoetz

    This gross-out graphic novel takes a close look at a world populated entirely by a society of violent orcs. The hero, a wily roguish one-eyed orc, is unusually talented at breaking stuff.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nova

    This is a fantastic graphic novel. The culture of the Orks really comes through. The art is detailed down to the individual hairs on the characters. I can't wait for Vol 2. Hurry up already! This is a fantastic graphic novel. The culture of the Orks really comes through. The art is detailed down to the individual hairs on the characters. I can't wait for Vol 2. Hurry up already!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If you've been following along with my book reviews this year, so far I've read a number of comic volumes - The Autumnlands, Rat Queens, From Under Mountains, and more recently Pretty Deadly, and while I enjoyed some more than others, one defining feature seems to have a profound correlation with how much I enjoy the book - the artwork. As I've said before, I'm not a comic-guru, I haven't read much outside of Star Wars comics, and I don't have a preference for style when it comes to comic book o If you've been following along with my book reviews this year, so far I've read a number of comic volumes - The Autumnlands, Rat Queens, From Under Mountains, and more recently Pretty Deadly, and while I enjoyed some more than others, one defining feature seems to have a profound correlation with how much I enjoy the book - the artwork. As I've said before, I'm not a comic-guru, I haven't read much outside of Star Wars comics, and I don't have a preference for style when it comes to comic book or graphic novels, I just know that when I like something, for whatever reason, I really like it. For example, the reason I loved The Autumnlands so much was because of the realistic, detail-oriented artwork of Benjamin Dewey. The one thing I loved about From Under Mountains was the whispy, painterly artwork of Sloane Leong. Before diving into Orc Stain I flipped through the book, just to glimpse some of the images and get accustomed to writer and artist James Stokoe's style, and was immediately hit with a cerulean and emerald aesthetic explosion where every little corner of the page is utilized to animate this fantasy-themed world with as many bizarre and mind-bending creations as possible. It took me so long to get through this comic, because half of the time I was just sitting there staring at the page, taking in every little detail drawn in an over-the-top cartoon style that's unlike anything I've ever seen before. Orc Stain tells the story of One-Eye, a thieving, hammer-wielding orc, one of a million nameless orcs just trying to get through life. Meanwhile the powerful Orc Tzar leads a war band north to an ancient god in order to harvest it's organ for some unknown reason. When it's prophesied that a one-eyed orc will stand in his way and bring his warmongering days to an end, he has every one-eyed orc rounded up and send to the god-beast to be fed to the formidable creature. This comic was released by Image Comics and was the sole creation of veteran comic writer and artist James Stokoe. It was released back in 2010... 7 years ago! And I can't image how painful the wait for the second volume has been for fans of this comic. I just read it and I'm already craving for more. It's such a fun, light-hearted comic that's brilliantly drawn and told... if not a little weird at times... for example, orc-culture is centred around the gronch, which is... well... orc penis. Even their money is made out of sliced up and coated gronch. It's got some WEIRD concepts, but it all makes for a whimsical, incredibly weird, twisted, and incredibly humorous comic (which is something I tend to stay away from!) I'll definitely be continuing this series... if it ever gets a second volume. FINGER'S CROSSED. ----- FOR MORE BOOK REVIEWS, PHOTOS, AND MY OWN NOVELS, CHECK OUT: www.michaeljohnhalse.wix.com/michaelj...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Bauer

    "Orc Stain" is about Orcs. The kinda orcs that seem like whatcha get if you were to squeeze out some testicle-sweat onto foot-corns, mix that with jissom and bake it in an oven. It takes place in a fungal world overrun by the titular orc stain, where creatures are enslaved and used as technology (Ranging from a soda-pop can to a fortress) and severed schlongs are the only currency. It's pretty revolting and for the most part, appropriately orc-ish. Stokoe's art is pretty high on the detail and t "Orc Stain" is about Orcs. The kinda orcs that seem like whatcha get if you were to squeeze out some testicle-sweat onto foot-corns, mix that with jissom and bake it in an oven. It takes place in a fungal world overrun by the titular orc stain, where creatures are enslaved and used as technology (Ranging from a soda-pop can to a fortress) and severed schlongs are the only currency. It's pretty revolting and for the most part, appropriately orc-ish. Stokoe's art is pretty high on the detail and the colors make the whole affair feel even more alien and outlandish. As for the plot and words accompanying this smorgasbord of brutish fantasy world-building, eh, it's alright. It concerns the Orctzar who's trying to unite (Or enslave?) all the disparate orc clans beneath his banner and a prophecy involving a one-eyed orc who happens to be the book's protagonist, One-Eye. One-Eye's big talent seems to be that he can recognize the hinky bits in just about anything and therefore, break anything with a well-placed hammer-blow. Throughout the book One-Eye mostly runs about, trying to avoid getting his junk hacked off and eventually runs into agents of the Orctzar trying to round him up along with all other one-eyed orcs. I had fun with it, granted my first attempt at reading it I was high off a weed brownie and the sight of so many severed purple and green dicks made me wanna puke my guts out. It's a pity that it ends so abruptly and from what I've heard, it's been over two or three years since an issue came out. Still, it's a funny, nasty read and the art is hella idiosyncratic, even if the story is kinda unremarkable.

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