Orc in Space areated by Justin Roiland, written by Michael Tanner, Rashad Gheith, and Abed Gheith, Illustrated by Francois Vigneault, Colored by DJ Chavis and Dave Pender
Thank you to illustrator Francois Vigneault for providing me with an early copy of Orcs in Space in exchange for this honest review.
Orcs in Space is an easy, fun, young adult read about a group of dimwitted Orcs who accidentally become intergalactic travelers. They stumble upon an alien ship one day and don’t understand what it is. They climb inside and recognize that it is some sort of travel contraption. This kicks off their misadventure as space Orcs.
They don’t really have any grand goals in space. They barely understand what outer space is. But they do know they get to leave their society behind and they seem quite grateful for that. They are the outcast orcs but sometimes an adventure is just for the sake of adventure.
While on the space ship they befriend the Artificial Intelligence who operates it. She has only ever been treated like a utility so when the Orcs come aboard she’s delighted they treat her like their friend. They don’t know any better and their naivety turned friendliness is my favorite part of the book. It’s honestly just really cute.
This cuteness makes up for the otherwise boorish nature of these Orcs in Space. They are barbarians afterall.
The art is fun and very colorful. It seems perfect for a younger audience. Once my nephew is old enough to read I’d be happy to give him a copy of Orcs in Space. I think he’d love it. Big ugly monsters with hearts of gold are some of the best characters of all time.
The first volume is a very quick read, think I finished it in just under an hour. But it was a nice break from my heavier reading and I would definitely give a volume 2 a try. Do not expect any earth shattering literature here, just some good honest fun. It’s also clearly a passion project for the team that created it, they are obviously having a lot of fun.
I would definitely recommend this graphic novel for a younger male audience, perhaps in the 8-12 years old range. It has some crass, but not offensive, humor that seems just in line with what that audience likes. I’m not the perfect demographic for this book but I did still enjoy it, the target audience will likely love it and really love to see what happens next.
3/5 spaceships 🚀🚀🚀
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For more Francois Vigneault check out his graphic novel Titan.