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Comic Review: Orion the Hunter – Issue 1

Issue: Orion the Hunter #1
Writer: Cliff VanMeter
Artist: Joe Querio
Guest Artist: Guy Davis
Publisher: Arctos Comics
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Price: $3.99

“In the years following a devastating interplanetary war, a half-breed Marshall tries to keep peace on the fringes of Federation space while coming to terms with his own identity and heritage. If you’re a fan of films like Serenity and High-plains Drifter, or comics like Jonah Hex, this is right up your alley. Rich, stylized art by new-comer Joe Querio, and written by 20-year veteran Cliff VanMeter (Marvel, Image, Milestone, Valiant Comics).”

Artwork: 4.0 out of 5
This is a very unique looking comic. Since it is being printed from web comic form, the interiors are all horizontal instead of vertical. Which is something you just don’t come across very often. The pages look great, with this dark and gritty appearance that really lends itself to a futuristic look. I would almost have to say I get a Mike Mignola vibe looking at Querio’s work. The highlight of this issue to me was the all out brawl that took place towards the end of the issue. It was nothing short of GORE-geous!

Story: 4.0 out of 5
Like the artwork, the way the story is told is also has a very unique feel to it. You have your main comic panels, but room is saved on the left hand side of the pages to allow for this back story to take place. It is almost as if you are treated to two stories at once. At the beginning of the issue this works very well in explaining a back story that compliments what is going on with the main storyline. The dialogue is spot on and the idea is intriguing. There is a good universe taking shape here.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
Overall I enjoyed this issue. I can easily head on over to the website and jump on where the comic book left off, but I want to wait. I liked where the book left off so it leaves me wanting more for sure. Overall you have some great art and a fun story that has me wondering what is next!

If you would like to buy or know more about Orion the Hunter #1 you can find it at http://arctoscomics.com

Comic Review: Orion the Hunter – Issue 1

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