Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Joelle Jones
Colored by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 06/03/2015
A few years ago, I came across an article that was covering some of the most anticipated comics of 2013. One of the comics listed was Helheim, mainly because the writer of this article was familiar with and a fan of the artwork of Joelle Jones. I picked up those six issues and became an instant fan of hers, and at the same time was introduced to Cullen Bunn. As much as I enjoyed the Witch War story in the first volume, the second chapter exceeded my expectations as the creators elevated their creative game with Brides of Helheim.
So to some it may appear as if Raevil’s plan has failed, as our heroes Rikard, Sigrid, Kadlin, and even Brand have defeated the witches and warlock, beheading them and putting an end to any immediate threat. Rikard warns the others that he believes a danger still lurks, reminding them of a black womb that Raevil spoke of. Sigrid, no longer carrying the Valkyrie spell is left behind by Rikard as he sets off on another dangerous journey. Unbeknownst to the undead draugr, Sigrid is with child which was evidently Raevil’s plan all along. This clearly sets the stage for the next chapter in the Helheim series, “The Womb of Helheim”, which Bunn told me in an interview we did last year was the working title.
BOH was epic, and who better to bring all this to life than Joelle Jones, as she continues to outdo herself issue after issue (I can’t wait to see her cover on the next trade). Her artwork is true splendor as she integrates both beauty and violence that transcended just about every way you might expect a fantasy comic to be drawn. Nick Filardi deserves recognition as well, with his color scheme never looking better, radiant when they need to be, and dark when called for.
Bringing an end to this second volume, Brides of Helheim #6 concludes on a very high note. Overall, the series has been dark, sensual, violent, and just more compelling than any other fantasy horror adventure series I’ve read in some time. Cullen Bunn has taken all the elements of a Conan title, and incorporated his personal style of method storytelling giving us pure horror brilliance mixed with his bizarre fantasy vision bringing us witches, warlocks, undead, Valkyries, and ungodly beasts. One of the better limited graphic novels to come out so far this year, Brides of Helheim is truly worth the read.
REVIEW: BRIDES OF HELHEIM #6
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)