Northlanders #40

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Matthew Woodson Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: May 11, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 2
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In the middle of a long Scandinavian winter, a solitary hunter stalks the forest for what seems like weeks on end. His elusive prey starts to take on added significance as the hunter descends into helplessness and despair, to the point that the skills of even this seasoned outdoorsman are put to the ultimate test. Lavishly illustrated by Matthew Woodson, whose illustrations have appeared in Wired, Spin, Penthouse, Glamour and more, "The Hunt" is destined to be one of the most memorable Northlanders stories to date.

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito May 11, 2011

    Serving the story to the highest degree is artist Matthew Woodson, who is able to keep the narrative incredibly personal despite it being set amidst dense forests and wide landscapes. Woodson is great at getting his Hunter to emote; we can see the long life of the character showing through his tired eyes and weary face. It's great to see an artist like Woodson take on Northlanders after someone like Simone Gane; his work is realistic in its details and subtle in its approach. One page in particular encapsulates everything that is a triumph in this issue. Leading into the final act of the book is a simple, two panel page in which the deer eludes our Hunter once more, and he realizes that he has no choice but continue onward, despite his better judgments. Wood's talent for recognizing "less is more" combined with Woodson's fantastic body language is simply phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 12, 2011

    I wouldn't want a story like "The Hunt" in "Northlanders" every month, but that's the beauty of it being an anthology comic. After watching Paris get sacked, it's nice to get a one-month change of pace. As always, "Northlanders" delivers the goods. Read Full Review

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