The Order of the Forge #3
Written by Victor Gischler
Illustrated by Tazio Bettin
Color Assisted by Enrica Eren Angiolini
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover by Juan Ferreyra
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 24, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99
In The Order of the Forge #3 by Victor Gischler and Tazio Bettin, young George Washington and his super-powered allies are in a race to stop a madman from taking over the colonies. Will our founding fathers’ newly obtained powers help aid them in the discovery of an ancient Viking secret weapon, or will the weapon fall into the enemy’s hands first?
Going into The Order of the Forge, and after reading its official synopsis, I wasn’t anticipating a highly thought-provoking read; I was expecting entertaining action and a fun, engaging story. I’ll mention that up until this point, Gischler’s comic, while taking many liberties with the history of our nation’s early leaders, has been an enjoyable read. He takes some common knowledge regarding George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere, and utilizes them as anchors for the enhanced abilities scenario — which makes for a wild, historical romp; however, the final issue of the mini-series is a bit of a letdown.
Two events take place back in the first issue that are the cause of the protagonists gaining their powers. These two very separate circumstances — while somehow connected — do not come with an explanation. Why and how exactly do Washington and his buddies receive these special gifts? Who knows! I assumed that by the end of the third issue, all questions would be answered and the plot devices would finally formulate a tidy connection; unfortunately, this is not the case. The end of the series came and I am still left wondering.
Bettin’s illustrations have been fantastic all along and this issue is no exception. The scenery and authentic 18th century clothing transport me directly to the time period at hand; his character depictions look amazingly like young versions of the men who shaped our country; and the bloody violence bursts off the pages in cinematic style.
The Order of the Forge #3 isn’t entirely bad; it’s action-packed and witty like the first two issues. With such a huge plot hole, however, it’s not enough for me to be able to recommend the series.