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Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman
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Black Orchid (edition 1991)

by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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Title:Black Orchid
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Dave McKean (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (1991), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 160 pages
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This is for the serious graphic novels reader - I admit to getting a bit lost and not quite getting all the comics-pop-culture refs. But the colours ... oh, the colours ... ( )
  Deborahrs | Apr 15, 2017 |
A superhero comic which starts with the superhero being killed is an unusual editorial direction. But this superhero is more than half plant. She grows again, regains some of her memories, and then makes her own decision about what to do next, while violent men seek her. ( )
  questbird | Mar 11, 2016 |
Beautiful art and an interesting take on superheroes. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This book gathers the three part graphic novel story arc of Black Orchid into one paperback. Originally published around 1990, this the origin story of a DC character that had been around for years but little used. The original character was a woman of mystery; she never even had a secret identity given to her. This book explains why: she had no human identity, but was created by placing the genes of a specific woman, Susan Linden, into an orchid plant. Black Orchid was not born, but grown.

It’s a very violent story of vengeance and greed; film noir meets superhero story. Other characters from the DC universe are in it; Lex Luthor places a large part, while others make only brief appearances. It’s very different from what I would have expected from DC comics in that era; it’s not just a superhero story, it’s a very personal one. Black Orchid’s relationship with the plant world in the Amazon is almost spiritual. The art is stunning; McKean’s use of light and dark is beautiful. ( )
1 vote lauriebrown54 | Aug 29, 2013 |
PRETTY. And well-told, and feminist in the truest sense of the word. Comparisons to Watchmen write themselves, so I won't go there, just comment that this is a much gentler deconstruction of the superhero genre. Lots of fun DC cameos in Dave McKean's gorgeous, photorealistic style too. ( )
  raschneid | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilmore, MikalIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A plant/human hybrid superhero called Black Orchid goes on a spiritual journey in the wake of her death, during which she reviews her life, investigates her origins, and is given the opportunity to avenge herself.

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