Northlanders #8

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Davide Gianfelice Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 30, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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The conclusion to the epic tale of "Sven The Returned!" With the great battle for Orkney settled, Sven now must decide what he must do with his enemies, his allies and--most important--his birthright.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Aug 4, 2008

    Every time I review "Northlanders" I tell you how good it is, and I'm not going to stop now. "Northlanders" is the comic book you should be reading. And if you haven't been picking it up, you can jump on board with a brand new story next issue and pick up the trade paperback of "Sven the Returned" in a couple of months. You won't be sorry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Joey Davidson Aug 3, 2008

    These first eight issues have been wonderful. Two issues longer than a standard comic arc, the story can only be considered drawn out if you don't like the non-eventfulness of the final chapter. But for those who are willing to step back and think of the entire plot, most will probably come to the same conclusion: it was a good run. I'm sad to see Sven leave us, but I welcome the next story Wood presents in his Northlanders. I will likely sell back these eight issues and buy a hardcover version. It's been that great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Aug 3, 2008

    So overall, it's a great opening story to Wood's continuing series, with a well-developed character arc, some visceral moments of blood and gore, and a good showcase for an artist new to American comics. It should be interesting to see what Wood comes up with for future stories, and if you missed out on this beginning, be sure to pick up the trade paperback collection. It's good reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Martijn Form Aug 3, 2008

    Whatever your answer will be, I will be there to watch and learn, just like a good student. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik David Norris Aug 3, 2008

    I also enjoyed how the story came to a close with Sven and his lady friend. The both deserve a happy ending and they definitely get it, as far as Vikings are concerned. However, with this happy ending comes a solid conclusion to their story without a need to ever revisit it. Wood has gone on record saying each story arc in Northlanders will focus on a different period and characters which is a shame really. I really grew to like Sven and to see him disappear is saddening. With the monologue at the conclusion of issue #8 the next arc could focus on the child of Sven, which would be a cool way to tie everything together. I guess it's going to take another month to find out. As for issue #8, I thought it was a good conclusion, but very quiet and therefore not as memorable as I would have liked. Wood provides some fantastic character moments though, but by now, that should be expected. Read Full Review

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