COMIC REVIEW: Orc Girl

OrcGirlWhen a comic can get an endorsement from Gail Simone stating that it’s “… a perfect little comic, realized brilliantly,” then there has to be something special about it. One such comic is Paul Allor’s Orc Girl.

Orc Girl, as the name may suggest, involves some orcs. As the first panel states, “The world is as large as you want it to be. And for the Orc people, it was a small, small place indeed. No one crossed the river, nor ventured too deeply into the woods. The elders forbade it.”

Fern, the titular orc girl, is not satisfied by the smallness of the world she’s been born into. She wants to explore, adventure, and discover. Her Bogar, though not the adventurous type, often finds himself pulled into Fern’s adventures just so he can protect his sister. It’s on one such adventure that Fern and Bogar are separated, Bogar being taken away by the humans and Fern being left to live a life without her brother or even knowing how he was.

As time passes, Fern lives her life, almost forgetting about Bogar until she makes the decision to one day cross the river separating the two of them. What she sees on the other side upsets her and makes her makes her question herself, Bogar, and much more.

I absolutely loved this comic. Paul Allor writes such a poignant story about an orc and her brother. The emotion that he gives these non-human characters and the emotion that he imbues the story with are just fantastic. You feel such sadness for Fern as she deals with confusion and loss. As the story ends, just like Fern, you’re unsure of how to feel. You can find both happiness and sadness in the story, and much, much more that could’ve been. It’s because the story contains so much in so few pages that Allor’s writing really strikes a chord.

Thomas Boatwright’s art, while a bit simple, is absolutely perfect for Orc Girl. You could see perfectly the betrayal that Fern feels in the comic. All her emotions were perfectly on display and added so much depth to the overall story. Fern’s completely content grin, her anguished screams, and her determined stride give Orc Girl much more life than I would’ve imagined, and these images are because of Boatwright.

As you can tell, I kinda sorta loved Orc Girl a lot. I’m hoping you will too. As far as indie comics go, this is a hidden gem that much deserves to see the light of day. If you’re interested in purchasing Orc Girl, there are digital copies available for just $1 and print copies for $3. Feel free to check them out here, and while you’re at it, follow the writer Paul Allor on Twitter.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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