Northlanders #1

Northlanders #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Davide Gianfelice Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: December 5, 2007 Critic Reviews: 5
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Sven, an exiled Viking prince who's been living the decadent high life in Constantinople, returns to the desolate lands of his birth in the frigid islands of the North Sea to reclaim his vast inheritance. Intending only to take his money and run, he finds more than he bargained for as his former family and friends are enslaved at the hands of Gorm, his ruthless uncle.

  • 8.5
    IGN - Crown Dec 5, 2007

    I really can't wait to see where Wood takes this story. There is so much potential here, that this book could undoubtedly become yet another long running Vertigo classic. While there is more than enough swordplay and drama to appease the typical historical fantasy fan, Northlanders also holds enough weight to satisfy those looking for the extra dose of reality Wood famously packs into his critically acclaimed comics. If you are even slightly interested in historical fiction, or for that matter, political thrillers I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Dan Phillips Dec 5, 2007

    Even if I'm not sold on this series being the definitive comic book exploration of Vikings and Norsemen, I'm still interested enough to come back for a second outing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Dec 4, 2007

    Look, anyone who reads DMZ, Local, or any of Woods other comic works wont need convincing to pick up this title. So this plea is to convince all of those readers who still havent picked up one of his books: Northlanders #1 is a great opening to a potentially fantastic series, mixing action, suspense, and realistic drama in the gritty setting of Viking-era Scotland. Dont miss it! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Dec 11, 2007

    Artist Davide Gianfelice delivers an interesting portrayal of Woods script with his rough and moody pencils backed by the contrasting colour palettes of colourist Dave McCaig. The whole comic has an almost 300 look to it, if I dare make the comparison. Reds and blacks work well to set atmosphere, while the use of gray serves to flush the colour out of the backgrounds and people. The art is very well done; gritty, rough, washed out with splashes of colour fit the time of the piece more than some of the characters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Jan 28, 2008

    It seems like Brian Wood's put a lot of research into this book, but I need more than just a revenge tale full of unlikeable characters who use modern curse words just because the author thinks it'll make the book more edgy. Read Full Review

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