Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Joelle Jones
Colored by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 10/01/2014
It’s been over one year since the first volume of the Helheim trilogy concluded with Rikard saving his people from the witches Bera and Groa. Years have passed now and writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Magneto), along with artist Joelle Jones (Spell Checkers, Sexy Chix) return with Brides of Helheim #1.
In this first issue we meet a couple of new characters in Sigrid and Brand, who have ventured out to find our undead Viking Draugr (Rikard), in hopes that he can help them disperse of a beast that has been massacring their people. Sigrid’s determination is clearly explained when she reveals exactly who the corpse is that she’s been dragging for all those miles. Later we see an older Kadlin as well as the reanimated Bera (Rikard’s former love) and Groa (Bera’s former rival) stirring up a witches brew that is certain to be relevant to the story, as they seek the whereabouts of a sorcerer named Raevil.
Cullen Bunn once again has me totally committed to these characters and this new arc, much like the way he did in last year’s witch war. His story-telling ability and aptitude to create such simple yet fascinating worlds and characters seems instinctive to him. His extensive range of influences, particularly from the seventies and eighties include comics of course, toys, cult classic sci-fi and horror films, and RPG’s, which has all undoubtedly aided Bunn with his innovative technique.
Of course, the reason that drew me to this book last year was the artwork of Joelle Jones, and her role and contribution to the world building in the Helheim universe has been significant. Jones excels when it comes to character illustration, and her depiction of Rikard, the witches, and the rest of the BOH cast is the consummate example of what comic book illustrations should look like. Her gorgeous illustrations receive strong reinforcement with the colors of Nick Filardi. I know I’ve used this line before, but is seems obvious here with this collaborative team that the pen is truly mightier that the sword.
Brides of Helheim is a fantastic take on the Viking Norse mythology, with a steady dose of witchcraft, sorcery, and the undead that is absolutely brought to life in these pages. I highly recommend this first issue and it should be added to your pull list immediately. If you missed out on the first issue which has sold out at the distributor level, you can always order it digitally on Comixology. If print copies are more your preference, then you may want to wait until November 12, which Oni Press announced would be the release date of the second printing of issue one (that includes a variant cover by Shawn Crystal and Dave McCaig. It is also the same day that the second issue comes out. Can’t wait!
REVIEW: BRIDES OF HELHEIM #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)