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Orc Stain Volume 1 TP [Paperback]

James Stokoe
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21 Dec 2010 Orc Stain
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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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (21 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160706295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607062950
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly unique and brilliantly illustrated. 18 Dec 2011
I came across this book completely by chance, and it instantly caught my attention.

Having now read the book, I am amazed that Orc Stain is not more popular or well known.
The story and setting is incredibly unique and imaginative, I can honestly say I have never read anything quite like it before.
The world has a lot of very fun small details, and the first volume really makes me feel as though the author really has this world fully realised.

The art work is absolutely fantastic in this book too.
Everything is incredibly well designed and has a very unique aesthetic to it.
There is a huge amount of detail worked in to every image, with just as much detail put in to the background of every panel as in the characters which I find is a very rare thing in a lot of comics and graphic novels.

A friend of mine who is also very much in to comics had a quick look through the book and didn't responde to the art quite as well as I did, so I think it may be something that has niche appeal, but I implore everyone who enjoys well crafted comics and graphic novels to give it a shot.

As a quick warning, the comic does contain a few instances of nudity, both male and female, and quite a bit of gore, and some of the subject material is fairly adult orientated, but none of it is done in a realistic manner, and it is all very styled in its representation, and I think most people will really have no problem with it.

Just letting those with particularly delicate sensibilities know it may have content they are not overly fond of!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend any higher 12 Jan 2014
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I can't recommend this comic any higher, it may be too crude for some people taste but if you enjoy that or can look past it then you have to read "Orc Stain" the art work is amazing, beautiful colour pallet with a huge amount of detail, the story basing around the orc "One Eye" and what really goes through orc minds, fantastic book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STAIN ON, James, STAIN ON! 17 Jan 2011
By Bradford K. Wolfenden II - Published on Amazon.com
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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)...
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic world with intricate details 15 Jan 2011
By Greg Webster - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Feb 2011
By Bill Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Madness 26 Feb 2011
By Krug - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Inventive 24 Jun 2011
By J. LaGory - Published on Amazon.com
This is probably the most creative comic I have ever read. I randomly picked up this trade on a visit to San Francisco, and was immediately drawn in by the art style. There is such an insane attention to detail in the world of the orcs. Tiny eyes bring even mundane mechanical objects to life, and the color palette is like nothing else I have seen before. Stokoe really has invented an amazing world, and I can't wait to read more. It's too bad that the comics take so long to come out, but I am willing to wait, especially given that Stokoe writes, draws, colors, inks, and letters all of this. Truly amazing stuff.
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