Comic Review: The Orville: The Word of Avis

Published: September 11th, 2019 – October 16th, 2019
Written by: David A. Goodman
Art by: David Cabeza, Michael Atiyeh
Based on: The Orville by Seth MacFarlane

Dark Horse, 44 Pages


I was pretty happy with the first story arc for The Orville comic book series.

Now this one is the second tale and I thought that it was pretty consistent with the first in tone and delivery.

The comic series gets what the show is and it does a fine job of bringing it into a new medium, which hopefully helps this franchise reach out to new fans, as it’d be a shame if The Orville was just a short-lived television show.

This story revolves around the ex-lover of LaMarr and how she and some of her colleagues are trying to use the Orville to sneak into Krill territory due to their newfound religious beliefs.

Like the first arc, this is told over two issues but it has the pacing and feel of a full one hour episode of the show. Honestly, these feel like lost episodes and since they take place between other events we’ve already seen play out in live action, these stories just come together with the larger narrative pretty well.

Eventually, I’d like to see bigger stories and maybe even big events told within the comic book format but The Orville in this form is off to a pretty solid start.

These comics actually remind me of what it was like when I was a kid in the ’80s reading the best Star Trek comic books. Frankly, that’s all I really wanted this to be and it hits those notes for me.

Rating: 7.25/10
Pairs well with: I’m sure future story arcs for The Orville. Also, IDW’s Star Trek comics.