The Book I Think You Should Buy:
Northlanders Vol. 6 – Thor’s Daughter
by Brian Wood, Simon Gane, Matthew Woodson, and Marian Churchland;Vertigo, $14.99
Brian Wood’s Viking series Northlanders is coming close to its conclusion, and that really is a shame, as Wood has used his format of telling stories of varying lengths, and with varying artists, to come up with some very good stories. When one thinks of the Vikings, one pictures ferociousness, naval prowess, and a certain ruthlessness, and while all of that is present in this series, I feel that it makes the point again and again that, despite over one thousand years of history and technological advancement, we aren’t that far away from our Northern European ancestors as a society.
From what I can tell, there are three stories contained in this volume. The Siege of Paris is the longest, showing us the story of one soldier during the time that the Vikings had surrounded the famous city on the Seine. This is drawn by Simon Gane, who is very talented. There is also an excellent shorter story about a man pursuing a deer past all reason, drawn by Matthew Woodson.
Also, there is the title story, with art by the incredible Marian Churchland, which follows the daughter of a local lord after her father’s death.
Not enough people were reading Northlanders (hence the reason why it is being cancelled soon), but like many top-quality Vertigo series, it deserves to gain greater recognition now, and to live on in trade paperback. What’s especially cool about this series is that you don’t have to read it in order – any trade is a good starting point.
So, what would you buy Were Money No Object?
Tags: Brian Wood, Northlanders, Vertigo