Orcs: Forged for War is the first graphic novel in Stan Nicholls' beloved Orcs universe. The fantasy landscape in this world is brutal and unforgiving, and populated by a race of unlikely protagonists: the powerful and violent warriors, orcs.
Orcs: Forged for War is an original story--a new entry in this series, not an adaptation of old material. It follows a ruthless and deadly cohort of warrior orcs as they fight their way free of the dominion of an evil human enchantress. Sitting on an exhilarating peak with high fantasy on one side and the thrilling, gruesome battlefields of graphic novel classics like Frank Miller's 300 on the other, Orcs presents the world of its ogre-like protagonists with technicolor violence and moments of unexpected sympathy.
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Spawned from author Nicholls's series of novels featuring the titular creatures, this comes as a real surprise. Coupled with Flood's deceptively simple and clear visual storytelling, the story centersJul 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War
Sent to fetch a magical relic, Stryke, the Orc captain of the Wolverines, discovers that his band is being hunted not only by his usual enemies (humans, hostile Orc tribes, etc.) but by his queen, Jennesta, the very one who had sent him on the mission.Dec 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War
Humans, those ""rapacious interlopers,"" brought strife and environmental devastation to the ancient land of Maras-Dantia, but the warlike orcs may be its saviors in Stan Nicholls's gory sequel to Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder.| Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War
The Orc commander, Stryke, must lead his soldiers and maintain order in their occasionally fractious ranks while also putting up with abuse from both the queen and the goblins, whose race has long been bitter enemies with Stryke's people.Jul 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War
Ho for the orc, staple of fantasy fiction: invariably green, ugly and violent, with dubious personal hygiene and a serious image problem.Oct 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War
And that sums it up rather nicely… There is plenty of action, plenty of gore, plenty of betrayal, plenty of fighting, plenty of violence, and indeed ’tis a graphic novel of plenty indeed – including some plenty excellent (albeit erratic) artwork to boot.Dec 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War
The novel takes us to a world where Orcs, while still brutal, are not the mindless, soulless, evil creatures we have come to know and loathe – adapted from and based on two trilogies of novels, also by Nicholls entitled Orcs: First Blood Trilogy and Orcs: Bad Blood Trilogy.Nov 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Orcs: Forged for War