Brides of Helheim #1

Brides of Helheim #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: October 1, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
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Years have passed since Rikard's victory over Bera and Groa. In defeating the witches, Rikard saved his people. And yet he cannot rest. He is still denied the promise of Valhalla. The warrior is condemned to wander the living world as an undead draugr. Now, a new challenge lies before Rikard: to face the demon beast Mórðvíg in a brutal conflict.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Oct 6, 2014

    Another horror/historical fiction book from Cullen Bunn published by Oni Press. At this point, do I really need to tell you anything else to convince you to check it out? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 7, 2014

    Joelle Jones is the illustrator here, with Nick Filardi on colours and CRANK! on letters. The fantastic artwork is one of the big reasons to read this issue, because Joelle has a great way with facial expressions and body language that you don't get to see often. Each character is drawn distinctly and with lots of details so you are never confused as to who is who, and the monster is also drawn rather well. Wasn't really expecting the monster to be as it is, but it works I guess. A good, decent challenge for Rikard, with the action sequence being amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Oct 2, 2014

    Brides of Helheim #1 second print variant cover by Shawn Crystal and Dave McCaig. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 1, 2014

    Brides of Helheim #1 is a rock solid comic. Strong storytelling, fantastic art and an undead hero taking on one heck of a foe in a battle royale. This comic is like power metal that has been given visuals, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. As Bunn has done so well with The Sixth Gun, he blends the fantastical with viking lore and some undeadmayhem for a unique book that has a lot to enjoy in it. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Sep 29, 2014

    This ends up being a simple story, heavy on the artwork and not so much on the dialogue, but also one which was engaging enough with the visuals and the characterization to make it easy to jump right in. While reading this the story flew right past, but it left me wanting more right away. It is pretty fun, and definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 30, 2014

    Brides of Helheim #1 does not have the explosive opening fans experienced in the first series. In that way, it may distract a few fans. However, there is enough here to fully hook a new reader looking for something different, but still want some blood and gore in their fantasy comics. That being said, Bunn and Jones already proved they can hook us with the violence. With Brides of Helheim #1, the creators are merely asking the reader to sit back and let the darkness slowly work over you. It's a request I'll happily accept. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Oct 1, 2014

    Any fans of the works of Cullen Bunn and Jolle Jones will delight in this issue. Brides of Helheim #1 is interesting, shrouded in our own human mythology and even manages to eek in a requisite action scene in twenty-two pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Sep 30, 2014

    With Brides of Heheim what you see is what you get. There's a giant undead warrior with an axe who fights things while being very grumbly. There's two fairly disposable seeming human characters who serve as the reader's view point into the world. There's a witch who knows the secrets of this world. In some ways it's formulaic feeling but not all together unsatisfying. It's solid although not particularly ground-breaking. I don't think it quite reaches the intensity of The Sixth Gun but it's enjoyable for what it is ultimately. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Oct 3, 2014

    Overall, this was a really solid issue. While Bunn's deliberate pacing and patient storytelling is once again employed, that's not exactly a bad thing; it's just counter-intuitive to how we've been taught comics should be. A slow burn comic does not automatically equal a bad one, it just requires that extra patience to let it builds its momentum. Thankfully, Jones' art requires no patience as she exits the gate at break neck speed and puts her all into the issue to build a world that is not often explored in comics with her own, fantastic and brutal spin on it. Whether you read "Helheim" or not, "Brides Of Helheim" is intriguing and exciting, just don't go into it expecting instant gratification. All good things come to those who wait. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Oct 3, 2014

    "Brides of Helheim" #1 is a nice start and one worth checking out, especially if you like Norse mythology, but I hope that the creative team can dig a bit deeper and kick it up a notch in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Matt Deery Sep 30, 2014

    Brides of Helheim is a great first issue and a comic that has a massive amount of potential. Bunn sets up the key players of this story and shows us just how awesome his creation is in Rickard. You are not given much in the way of character development but, I feel in an introductory issue such as this you do not need too, Bunn lets the characters speak for themselves at why this book should be read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - John F. Trent Sep 30, 2014

    The story was average, neither exciting nor compelling. There was no "Holy Crap" or "That was Awesome" moment. The artwork and coloring though good for the most part had some faults when it came to continuity and the corpse-covered blanket. The most disappointing part of the story was the reveal of the monster, although the battle sequence with the grizzly bear was well-done, a he proved to be a worthy opponent. Read Full Review

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