Tom Morello has been crusading against social injustice for years as the Nightwatchman and as a member of both Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, but in October, the guitarist will take the fight to the comic book page. Dark Horse Comics, the publisher of comics based on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s series The Umbrella Academy, will release the first issue of Orchid, a new comic penned by Morello, on October 12th.
Orchid, a fantasy epic set in future, is the story of a 16-year-old street prostitute who discovers she has a greater calling than what has been imposed on her in a nightmarish world full of ferocious new animal species that prey on humans while the rich harvest the bodies of the poor.
Each issue of Orchid will come with an exclusive track written and recorded by Morello that will serve as the episode’s soundtrack. Scott Hepburn, who has previously illustrated Star Wars comics for Dark Horse, will draw the interior pages of the series, and renowned street artist Shepard Fairey will provide an alternate collectors-item cover for the first issue.