The Order of the Forge Review

I love superheroes, so when I heard about the new comic from Victor Gischler, I got so incredibly excited. The comic comes from Dark Horse Comics and is called The Order of the ForgeCheck out the cover: the forgeAwesome cover, right? Well, let me explain this comic to you with three very important words. Those words are: George Washington and superheroes.

oh yesHere’s the official synopsis:

Before he fathered a nation, young George Washington forged his legend in blood! Imbued with the mystical powers of America’s original inhabitants, George—along with his friends Ben Franklin and Paul Revere—must stop an evil governor who wishes to rule an empire!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Seriously, Kendall? Founding fathers as superheroes? But its actually a ton of fun. If you’re looking for a serious, historically accurate comic, then this one isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a fun–not always totally historically accurate–ride that paints George Washington, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin as some of America’s first superheroes, then this is for you. The art is fun, and though the story in The Order of the Forge #1 is heavy in exposition, the comic ends on a pretty exciting cliffhanger that gets you stoked for the next issue.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t really know what to expect from this comic. I didn’t ever read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter out of some sort of English major pretentious principle, so I was skeptical about what I’d encounter in the pages of this comic. However, I really appreciated this creative retelling of the incredibly famous men from American history. I didn’t really read the comic expecting some work of historical accuracy, but I was really pleasantly surprised that the comic portrayed American founding fathers as snarky superheroes in a fun, believable way. More than that, they took classic events from American history–like Ben Franklin’s experiment with lightning, George Washington’s reputation for always telling the truth, and the real story behind that cherry tree he chopped down–and gave them a fun and creative twist. Beyond the creative twists on history, the story itself is pretty exciting as well. I’ll definitely be picking up The Order of the Forge #2. I highly recommend this comic!

What do you think of comics, books, movies, and TV shows that  present a creative twist on history? Have you read The Order of the Forge? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to get yourself a copy from your local comic book store or online!

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