Comic Review: Orbit #8: JRR Tolkien: The True Lord of the Rings

Orbit #8: JRR Tolkien
The True Lord of the Rings
Written by Brian McCarthy and Michael Lent
Pencils by Luis Chichón
Color by Luis Chichón
Letters by Luis Chichón
Cover by Hyunsang Michael Cho
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: May 30, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Love JRR Tolkien‘s writing or hate it, you have to respect the intricate fantasy world he built for his hobbits’ grand adventures. JRR Tolkien influenced an entire genre of fiction and his most famous offering, Lord of the Rings, inspired generations of devoted fans and writers.

Orbit #8: JRR Tolkien: The True Lord of the Rings gives readers a brief, 28-page glimpse into his life. The writers, Brian McCarthy and Michael Lent, manage to cover the major points in Tolkien’s life story. The comic book is a quick read, but the narrative never feels rushed. It’s like skimming a beautifully illustrated version of Tolkien’s Wikipedia page.

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Comic Review: Orbit: Keith Richards
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Orbit: Keith Richards
Written by Brian McCarthy & Michael Lent
Pencils by Luis Chichón
Colors by Luis Chichón
Letters: Luis Chichón
Cover by Michael Szyksznian
Bluewater Productions
Release date: January 5, 2012
Price: $3.99 (print); $5.99 (ebook)

He’s one of the greatest rock musicians alive and the fact that he’s still alive is a wonder – he’s Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and this is his story.

Orbit: Keith Richards is a biographical comic from Bluewater Productions which gives us the down and dirty on the life and crazy times of Keith Richards, who’s been a driving force behind one of the biggest rock bands in history. Richards is responsible for mega-hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” to name just a few of the many popular songs he wrote. The musician is also known for other things, like his long-term major drug use and his many run-ins with the police. It’s been a mystery how this man, who’s now 68 years old, is still alive after all the drugs he’s done.

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