The Order Of The Forge #1 ReviewApril 25, 2015
With writing from Victor Gischler and artwork from Tazio Bettin, The Order Of The Forge is a new Dark Horse Comics series where a 20-something year old George Washington becomes involved in supernatural happenings when his signature axe becomes somewhat possessed.
My apologies for how vague that story detail was, but the opening issue doesn’t jump straight into the action. The front page itself is a misrepresentation. The cover art makes it seem like there will be a kick-ass set piece involving George and company taking on some zombies with no mercy. I dare say this is what drew me to the comic. But sometimes it’s great to just read a comic for the sheer fun of it, regardless of whether or not the cover was as accurate as the story inside.
This story however is lacking on brains but makes it with generic conventions. I would currently compare this comic to the likes of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. While I did not like these movies, like the films in question, the comic is at least fun. It’s breezy, light, entertaining and it doesn’t mind that it isn’t very intellectual. I would say that if you like reading something enjoyable, not too serious and lacking in terms of gripping story, The Order Of The Forge is for you. After all, who doesn’t want some light reading after some heavy and emotional storylines that we are seeing more of recently?
The art style is very basic; it doesn’t take any risks, nor does anything innovative in this category. However, due to the brainless and fun style of the comic, this doesn’t matter in the slightest. It would be odd if the comic did feature a different kind of art style as it would stick out inappropriately like a sore thumb.
The Order Of The Forge is very ‘does what it says on the tin’ kind of comic. If you look at the cover and basic plot detail, you will have a pretty spot on idea on what it’s all about. The dialogue is very generic and it holds no intelligent surprises for the reader. I find the story interesting and I personally enjoy the simplicity of it. People looking for something with some smart writing or innovative ideas, look elsewhere.
Depending on your preference, this is either a good thing or a bad one. I specifically read this comic because I was looking for some mindless entertainment. For what it is, it’s pretty hard to fault this comic. It’s just a simplistic, violent, vulgar, and fun. It isn’t that original and it isn’t all that captivating, but it does what it’s supposed to. I will probably continue reading the series and I would recommend it if you are aware of what you’re getting into. It’s about to get very interesting and maybe the mindless fun will develop a little but more over time into something more.
You can pick up The Order of the Forge #1 beginning on Wednesday, April 29 at your local comic book stores or from Dark Horse.com