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Black Orchid

Black Orchid
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991

Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289552

Synopsis from publisher:
After being viciously murdered, Susan is reborn fully grown as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, in order to avenge her own death. Now as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile her human memories and botanical origins, she must also untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her murder. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the lavish heartland of the thriving Amazon, this book takes the reader through a journey of secrets, suffering, and self-rediscovery.


This publication reprints the Black Orchid comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean.

A second Black Orchid comic book series began in 1993 based on this story. The series ran for 22 issues, plus an Annual issue, and ended in 1995. The series was written by Dick Foreman and initially illustrated by Jill Thompson and Stan Woch. Rebecca Guay provided additional art for issue #5. Bruce McCorkindale inked issue #6. Guay and Woch took over the art for the series with issue #7. Dick Giordano inked issue #17. Jamie Tolagson and Stan Woch illustrated issue #18. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.


  1. Black Orchid #1 (1988)
  2. Black Orchid #2 (1989)
  3. Black Orchid #3 (1989)