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- Publisher : Vertigo (October 28, 2008)
- Print Length : 198 pages
- Publication Date : October 28, 2008
- File Size : 104309 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B00B452KXA
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #436,542 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is not just masterfully written for a graphic novel but really good for any kind of pulp fiction. I agree that the protagonist is not likeable and maybe the storyline is not truly original but that is why this is so shockingly good. This is a story and a character we have seen before but not necessarily told this way. Sven is ultimately more interesting and just plain cool than many a hero or anti-hero as well. A character progression that feels classic old school(in a good way) but is presented in a modern language and psyche that fits authentically with the time period backdrop of the story. The art and coloring just quality. The visuals make the story pop in a graphic style that is clean,gritty, and stylish. For a tale set in ancient times the visuals have a very urban visceral feel to it. What Brian Woods has done may not appeal to all and I must warn this book has mature visuals so this is not meant for the general public. This however is just good art and original work.This is one of those rare intelligent well executed adult graphic novels. For those willing to immerse themselves in the story it is also thought provoking with a message that is unset tilling but meaningful!
A nihilistic crime saga indeed.
There's plenty of killing in this one. Sven, our protaganist, returns to his homeland, in Orkney, with one objective in mind, to reclaim his inheritance and then leaving Orkney forever. But Gorm stands in the way, having stolen Sven's birthright.
His heritage was mocked by his own people and he no longer had faith in his own lands. So, he has decided to become a sort of self-made man. A man of battle and of lust and of passion. He ended up in Constinople, in the great city of Miklagard. It was there that he grew and matured into the man he is now. This story is about his struggle and his pain. And along the way, he finds his past coming back to bite him in his ass.
Plenty of sympathetic characters in here, from Sven's past and present. It's almost heart breaking sometimes to turn these pages. The characters are so desperately torn, either physically or emotionally. You will find yourself thinking alot about them, not just in relation to the plot, but as people, real people. You will sympathise with their broken history and that's what I think Brian is very good at. He makes us care.
And when you care about the characters, you will inevitably care about the lands these people live in. Their culture, their lifestyles, their predicament. That's the beauty of this book. Plus, the battle scenes are awesome.
One thing to note is that these pages contain some very graphic scenes that even I can't shake from my mind easily. very graphic stuff.
Get this book. Vikings in a good morality tale? It doesn't get better than that.
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As the other reviewers have noted, the story is fantastic, and gives a brilliant insight into the lives and times of the vikings. The artwork adds to this amazingly, bringing battle scenes to life in vivid colour and graphic detail, or conjouring up bleak, atmospheric images of the landscape.
I enjoyed reading this immensely, was disappointed when it finished and will be buying the whole series asap! I would 100% recommend that everyone check it out.