Although the art style is cartoonish, there is lots of nicely vicious action. The orcs look very similar, but if you can’t always tell who they are by looking, you can from their dialogue. The language is often fruity: Haskeer describes goblins as “two-faced little pricks”, and describes their mission as “to babysit a bunch a fucking goblins in charge of a fucking weapon we don’t know about, under orders that ain’t fucking clear”. So, not suitable for children, but I enjoyed it. I hadn’t read the novels the comic is based on, erroneously (if they’re anything like this) thinking them Pratchett-style comedies, but am now quite keen to give them a try. One can’t help rooting for these orcs, even when they are smiling at the scent of roasted human flesh, or chomping on fairies.
Orcs: Forged for War, by Stan Nicholls and Joe Flood (First Second, tpb, 208pp).