Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Joelle Jones
Colors by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 02/11/2015
Raevil has unleashed the Valkyrie to wage war against Rikard. But the foul warlock could not have predicted how the Maiden of Death would react to the walking dead man! Now Raevil plots to raise an army of demons and undead to oppose Rikard, but even that might not be powerful enough to stand against the draugr’s fury.
-Raevhil has shown his hand and raised a Valkyrie to fight against Rikard. It’s sure to cause havoc, although who for, is yet to be truly unraveled.
- This issue of Brides of Helheim gives rise to an epic battle that plays out across the pages. The enigmatic ending leaves you wanting to know more.
-Joelle Jones, has fantastic line work with fluid motion in the action sequences. The minimalistic backgrounds lend themselves to the graphic style of the comic, allowing the reader to focus on facial expressions and body positions. Each panel is high impact and dynamic, making you feel like you’re in the maelstrom of the gods.
- Nick Filardi’s use of a harmonized colour palette is an excellent device for focusing attention on the characters. Keeping the tones dark with the exception of the Valkyrie attracts the eye during the action scenes and emphasizes the divide between the characters. The use of shadows and loose brushwork with the hints of splatter give the background a grittiness and overall feeling of profoundness.
- Cullen Bunn’s breaks the story into two sections- one focused on Raevhil and one on Rikard. The dialog moves the story along without seeming disjointed between the two different acts simultaneously happening.
- There are a lot of panels that cross over and some of those panels seem slightly out-of-place. At times I had difficulty following the flow of action from panel to panel.
- Although the dialog is interesting and lends itself to the continuation of the story I always feel like there is a lot of speech for a fight such as this.
-The artwork is absolutely stunning and the story is action packed and moves the plot along nicely. Some of the panels seemed slightly misplaced making the otherwise fluid artwork seem slightly clunky in areas. It is a fun read and overall this comic sets itself up well for the next issue.
The artwork is absolutely stunning and the story is action packed and moves the plot along nicely
Some of the panels seemed slightly misplaced making the otherwise fluid artwork seem slightly clunky in areas