Dark Horse Review: The Orville #4: Heroes – Part 2

by Carl Bryan
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Review: The Orville #4: Heroes – Part 2


[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: David A. Goodman

Artists: David Cabeza

Colors:  Michael Atiyeh

Letters:  Richard Starkings & COMICRAFT’S Jimmy Betancourt


Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“Despite your threats, you won’t kill me! ” –  The leader of The Nazh

The Orville #4: Heroes Part 2 – A storybook hero appears surprisingly real when she arrives to liberate the peaceful Okudum from their Nazh overlords. But heroism requires sacrifice, and the price of freedom may prove costly indeed—for the people of this world and the crew of the Orville.




Possibly the first quote should have been by Talla Keyali  as she indicates at the end of this comic – “There are no heroes.  That in life, the monsters win.

In the prior issue Talla Keyali basically interferes in the lives of the Okudiums who are forced to mine dysonium by the Nazh.  Ignoring her specific directives to not interfere in a planet’s dealing and assuming a Zorro-like persona to free and liberate the people. it basically creates a mess.

Writer David A. Goodman takes a Star Trek type story and turns it on its ear.  It reflects a real life political conundrum in that how far should you interfere, and if you do, when does your responsibility end?

Goodman provides a real “Twilight Zone” moment here that causes one to think.  It’s clear his work in television has a bearing on this issue as it reads perfectly like a ending with a cliffhanger.


This comic appears to be the heavier side of what the series is on television.  Perhaps it is an unfair comparison as I am always suspect of when television comes to the comics or vice versa.

I continue to see this series as a Star Trek vehicle as it just feels like a Twilight Zone version of Star Trek.  However, this read was heavy philosophically and caused a reader to ponder.  Well done!


Dark Horse’s The Orville is short enough into its run that you can pick up the entire collection at this point.  This issue is a great homage or tribute to some Star Trek policies that we may have not agreed upon back in the day.  Don’t judge a book by its cover (although this is wonderfully drawn).  There is more than meets the eye in reading The Orville!


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