- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (October 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632158868
- ISBN-13: 978-1632158864
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Head Lopper Volume 1: The Island or a Plague of Beasts Paperback – October 11, 2016
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A hack and slash fantasy story with that follows the adventures of a dour swordsman whose sole purpose to chop the heads off his opponents. He expresses no interest in women, gold, mead, family, power or serving a god. He just goes from place to place lopping off heads. His sidekick is the head of a witch that does not die. She ceaselessly talks, much to the annoyance of the protagonist (without her, this would be a very quiet story).
This story features a wizard, evil priests, a corrupt court official, giants, undead, monsters, foreign female warriors and even a little grumpkin.
The pencils are fine and the inks are bright and bold.
The story itself is a fun adventure with LOADS of action (they don't call this guy Head Lopper for nothin'), magic, and back stabbery! It's definitely unapologetically a fun fantasy action/adventure comic peppered with a humor. The sort of lighter feel of the artwork contrasts well with some of the darker or potentially gory subject matter. Basically, Andrew has found a way to make dark magic and decapitation fun for everyone. Just a joy and a riot to read.
For this collection in particular, Andrew has really given fans something special. Sadly when it comes to collections, most comics are just that, a collection, and don't give you anything deeper than collecting the comics that have already existed. Not so here. I would say that maybe a fifth of this book is material that is not just the collected comics. Most excitingly there is an added epilogue that is several pages. Then there is tons of cover art and pinups from various artists in the back, along with some great sketchbook pages (LOVE those). Each chapter now has a map added at their beginning to show Norgal's travels, brand new art for the cover (front and back) and just a lot of other little bits and pieces of added material that show how much love and care that Andrew put into this collection. You can really tell he wanted to give Head Lopper fans something MORE than what they already had (and I'm sure that helps sales, too). I have all the single comics, and I would have bought this collection anyway, but the fact that it has all this additional, non-fluff, material, just makes it that much greater. Like I said, it just demonstrates how much Andrew puts into this comic.
Long story short: this is a great comic-- probably my favorite at the moment-- and a really great presentation of it in this collection. I can't recommend it enough!
As for the collection itself, it's weighty, well bound and gorgeous. A perfect format for a perfect comic.
Is very unique in the bussines ! I highly recomendar this title, is fun to read as a sequential art, and the color palette and vignette designs are great to analyze.
Praises to the author.