Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: The Rainbow Orchid

The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing (UK) is a brilliant ligne claire comicbook series, also available online as a webcomic.

Ewing has very adeptly turned in a Tintin-style adventure. His art is a little restrained compared to Herge- who of course remains the grandmaster- so shall we say that the Rainbow Orchid sits between Blake & Mortimer and Tintin himself in terms of style.

The story is beautifully illustrated in every panel and the research behind it is suitably professional. The mysteries are gently offered, the action is brisk, and the characters well drawn. It is definitely a product of modern Great Britain, which  could be bad but in this case- there is nothing "PC" to complain of.

The first two volumes out of a total of three are already available in print, and are well worth it!

The story is a great new addition for people suffering withdrawal symptoms having exhausted the Tintin canon.
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