Northlanders #1

December 10, 2007 | Comics


Northlanders #1
Brian Wood, Davide Gianfelice
Vertigo/DC Comics
$3.65/$2.99 US
**** (out of five)

Brian Wood sure has a knack for telling strong stories about people and communities.
His series like DMZ and Local are outstanding because they establish deep and complex characters and, just as importantly, flesh out the places they live in just as in-depth a manner.
Oh, sure, Northlanders — set in northern Scotland in the Viking age in 980 A.D. — is a bit of a departure from the vast cityscapes that Wood’s readers may be used to, but the same formula is there.
This debut issue, drawn in gruesome glory by Davide Gianfelice, follows Sven, a young warrior who has long since abandoned his family’s homeland and now captains a ship on the southern seas, as he returns to the harsh and rugged north to confront his uncle and reclaim what is rightfully his.
With the same grit and depth that makes DMZ such a compelling title, Wood opens up the ancient world in Northlanders in a series that is sure to resonate with modern readers.

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