Sword Daughter #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Mack Chater Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 6
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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The Forty Swords came at night and murdered the entire village, save for two people: the infant Elsbeth and her grief-stricken father, Dag. Setting off on a revenge quest that will span the width of Viking Age Europe, they find the key to repairing their damaged relationship lies in the swords they carry. Created by Brian Wood (Northlanders, The Massive, DMZ) and Mack Chater (Briggs Land, Lazarus), Sword Daughter is a visually stunning, emotionally poignant story of parental guilt and acceptance of loss.

o A Viking revenge saga inspired by Lone Wolf and Cub.

  • 10
    Geek-O-Rama - Marie Jun 4, 2018

    Right from the first frame Sword Daughter caught my interest. 12 year old Elizabeth's narration of events past and present has a haunting quality to it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jun 11, 2018

    This may be set in Viking era Scandinavia, but it isnt going to be a jolly sword and sandals romp, its going to be dark and brutal and gritty and I cant wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Aaron Kessel Apr 22, 2018

    Brian Wood weaves a phenomenal tale and Mack Chater provides top notch art! I cannot recommend this highly enough! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 5, 2018

    A strong character driven story and a must read for those who like historical fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 6, 2018

    I hadn't heard of this series prior to it coming out so it was a wonderful little discovery. Wood and Chater are some of my favorite creators for doing stories like this where it has some historical research to it, a minimal approach to how it handles dialogue and the visuals. There's a lot of good detail to be had here to be sure and it's not just empty land but it has the feeling of a sparsely populated area from over a thousand years ago and its people. The story is straightforward with potential for twists and turns to be had but right now it's just drawing you in and giving you something familiar but different. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Sadowski Jun 7, 2018

    A quiet study of father and daughter bonded by revenge amidst the beautiful Norwegian desolation of 991 AD. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Jun 4, 2018

    A tale of vengeance and family bonds, Sword Daughter will not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick Jun 18, 2018

    Small gripes aside, The first issue of Sword Daughter does an admirable job of sinking its hooks into the reader. I am genuinely interested to find out what the Forty Swords are up to, how Elsbeth managed to care for her father for a decade, why she smacked him in the face with a rock, and why in the world she only speaks in symbols. Sword Daughter #1 may have not been everything I had wanted it to be, but it sure gives me a lot of hope for the future of this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jun 6, 2018

    If you're a fan of Wood's past Viking-era dramas like Northlanders and Black Road, or even his Revolutionary War series Rebels, Sword Daughter is the spiritual successor you've been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 7, 2018

    Given how overemphasized writers are compared to artists in today's comic book discourse, Sword Daughter #1 proves to be an anomaly " while artist Mack Chater and colorist Jose Villarrubia excel in creating moody spaces for this Viking-era father-daughter revenge tale, Brian Wood's actual story still feels terminally underdeveloped. Read Full Review

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