Review: Burn The Orphanage #1
A young orphan named Rock was left for dead, now he’s out for revenge! With partners Lex and Bear by his side, our hero will find out who burned his home and family to the ground. If that means taking on every goon, punk, and topless stripper ninja in the city… then so be it.
PART ONE OF THE BORN TO LOSE TRILOGY!
This week sees the release of Burn The Orphanage, Image’s next big miniseries. The story is written by Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman with art by Grace. John Rauch provides colors with Rus Wooton handling lettering. So is Burn The Orphanage a raging fire of awesome or is it all smoke?
The story focuses on Rock, one of the few survivors of an orphanage that was burned down. Rock fights his way through the mean streets looking for answers and the arsonist who destroyed his childhood. Rock is starting to get some answers after finally finding some heads to bust that have some information. Luckily when things look dark, Rock’s friend Bear swoops in to help bust more heads. Bear is a large fellow who was shot in the heart and survived thanks to a heart transplant from…you guessed it…a bear. Rock and Bear bust more heads, find another friend, and fight their way up to the big boss. Can Rock and his ragtag group of scrappers avenge the orphanage? Will everyone survive the final brawl?
Grace and Freedman write a comic that’s a homage to video games like Streets of Rage, 80s action movies and all the cheesiness that comes with them. You can almost hear the synthesizer music blaring over the action. If you’re a fan of that, then you’ll love this. It’s cheesy, it’s got a thin story, and it’s way over the top. The creators say the goal of this series is to create a product of their friendship about “music, video games, inside jokes, fashion, and fun.” They accomplish that, they just needed to let us in on some of those inside jokes. The art is a great redeeming quality of the comic. Grace plays up the 80s/Street Fighter/action movie elements of the book. He handles the action well and really makes everything look fun and retro. Rauch’s colors elevate Grace’s art with his colorful, but not loud, pallet.
Bottom Line: Burn The Orphanage isn’t a bad book, it’s just for a particular type of reader. If any of the above piqued your interest, you’re in the demographic. The only real problem with the story is that it reads like a one-shot. There’s no cliffhanger to pull you in for the remaining two issues. It’s a decent start, but hopefully Grace and Freedman hit us with a knock-out punch next time. 3/5