Northlanders #5

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Davide Gianfelice Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: April 23, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 2
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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.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Apr 28, 2008

    It's not simply about revenge, or about the power of modern thinking. It's about humans, flaws and all. And, of course, many of these flawed humans wield very large swords. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Daniel Crown Apr 23, 2008

    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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