A Norse epic that spans genres and defies expectations
Over the course of its fifty monthly issues, Brian Wood redefined the Viking genre in comics, introducing a realism and historical devotion that up to that point was almost completely absent.
Illustrated by a host of artists, including Massimo Carnevale, Fiona Staples, Becky Cloonan, Ryan Kelly, Davide Gianfelice, and others.
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo.
Northlanders Book One: The Anglo-Saxon Saga
The British Isles were a tempting target to the Vikings, who craved lush land to farm and rich monasteries to plunder, and the fractured Saxon kingdoms were barely able to resist. But as time progressed and the centuries-old pagan belief in nature, the fates, and a raucous warrior afterlife were gradually replaced by the rigid traditions of Christianity, a dark ages culture war took shape.
An exiled Viking warrior returns to Orkney to claim a family title in “Sven The Returned.” A trio of Norse wives hold a coastal fort against wave after wave of invaders in “The Shield Maidens.” A forensic investigator tracks a series of killings across pagan Ireland in “The Cross And The Hammer.” “Thor’s Daughter” introduces a young woman, the sudden and tragic heir to an army of impatient warriors. And in the poignant “Lindisfarne,” a young boy witnesses the brutal monastery raid that started it all.
Northlanders Book Two: The Icelandic Saga
In A.D. 871, the Norsemen arrived on Iceland’s shores. They sought land, freedom and a new way of life. Over the course of centuries, these humble settlers built farms, clans and towns until they shaped a new nation and its path through history.
A daring adventurer named Dag becomes the first man ever to turn his Viking boat west and sail to unknown shores in “The Sea Road.” Twenty years after being exiled, Sven of Orkney comes face-to-face with his own mythology as a group of mercenaries comes to hunt him down in “Sven the Returned.” An old Icelandic fisherman discovers the body of a young girl embedded in the ice and then finds himself accused of her murder in “The Girl in the Ice.” And in the epic “Icelandic Trilogy,” a small family builds into a powerful crime family and clashes with the newly established Church.
Northlanders Book Three: The European Saga
In "The Plague Widow", an isolated Viking settlement falls prey to violent contagion just as the Northern winter starts to set in. A little known battle is recounted from the perspective of a foot soldier in "The Siege of Paris", a young couple in love escape religious persecution and explore dark mythology in "Metal", and other short stories round out this look at Viking history in Europe.