Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Joelle Jones
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 11/12/2014
If you enjoyed the first issue of Brides of Helheim, then you should prepare yourselves for the follow-up. This week Oni Press releases Brides of Helheim #2 from writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and artist extraordinaire Joelle Jones (Spell Checkers).
Rikard has successfully slain the great bear Mordvig, and is preparing for a journey west across the sea to seek revenge against Raevil. So what better way to prepare us for that confrontation than a little back story about the demon monk, as Kadlin proceeds to tell Sigrid about the time before the witch war. The mysterious warlock chose three women as his disciples and instructed them in the art of sorcery. One of the women just so happened to be the mother of Kadlin, perhaps making her objective a little more clear. This chronicle of Raevil and his disciples is short but relevant, as Bunn quickly jumps back to the present that features some incredibly violent and impressive action sequences, as Rikard reaches his destination.
Joelle Jones totally rocks out these fight sequence scenes with some incredible work that explodes all over these pages. Especially noteworthy is her display of our hero’s arrival at Raevil’s hideout, just mind-blowing. Speaking of blowing, a few months ago in an interview with Bunn, Jones, and Filardi, Jones talked about this monk orgy being one of her favorite scenes to draw. Well if you want to see some beautifully drawn erotica, you can find that right here as well. Jones shows incredible range, and along with Filardi’s fleshy colors the art in this issue truly stands out.
In a recent chat with Bunn, he mentioned to me that the idea for Raevil may have come from Legends of Mad Monks, but he was not exactly sure. What is certain though is his ability to create these fascinating and engaging characters that make his stories so appealing. Bunn has also mentioned that Helheim was always intended for a more adult audience, and when you mix Wiccan sex, undead Viking violence, and gigantic sea monsters with his style of story-telling, you get Brides of Helheim.
REVIEW: BRIDES OF HELHEIM #2
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)