Every story has a beginning, and in this issue learn how Sven came to be, from his humble beginning as a child slave to his time spent with the Slavs and Russians to the returned hero we met in issue #1. "Sven The Returned" part 5.
There's no doubt in my mind that Northlanders will read better in one collected volume. As the story of Sven progresses, Wood has filled many of the voids lingering from the series' inauspicious beginnings. It's a rare feat for an author to make previous issues seemingly better as respective pieces of storytelling by fixing their problems with subsequent releases, but I feel like that is exactly what Wood is accomplishing here. Wood spent four issues mindlessly spilling blood, and now, as he starts to fill in the gaps of Sven's life, the previously empty violence takes on some semblance of meaning, making the series much more compelling, and to that end, much easier to recommend. Read Full Review
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