Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello Debuts Comic Book Series 'Orchid,' with

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello Debuts Comic Book Series 'Orchid,' with

Who knew Tom Morello wrote comic books? His debut comic series Orchid was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con last night, and it's an "epic fantasy story set in a dystopian future infused with Morello's class conscious worldview and the politics of street terrorism."

Morello says "It's like Lord of the Rings meets Battle of Algiers...I wanted to craft a story that has the same visceral impact and political clout as the music I've been involved in."

And here are even more comparisons: Orchis is a 16-year-old street walker who is part Suicide Girl, part Joan of Arc.

Shepard Fairey did the cover on the left, and interior art was done by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). It's a 12-part series, and the first one will be out on Oct. 12, 2011.

Morello has also written a score for the series as a soundtrack; the songs will be   free when you buy each issue.

The storyline is pretty geeky: "When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are now ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. This is the world of Orchid."

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