updatedNORTHLANDERS VOL. 4: THE PLAGUE WIDOW
Set in Viking Russia in A.D.1020, "The Plague Widow" sees in a remote settlement rocked by a contagious outbreak. As the citizens focus on shutting out the outside world, they don't realize who they're shutting themselves in with. Collecting issues #21-28 of the acclaimed series!
In the penultimate issue of "The Plague Widow," scores are settled and bodies start dropping. During the darkest hours of the long winter, Hilda makes a shocking concession for Karin's benefit. And after so many issues of staring each other down, Boris and Gunborg go toe-to-toe.
"The Plague Widow" part 5 of 8. The plague finally claims a victim within the city walls, and in the outburst of violence that follows, several scores are settled. By the time dawn breaks, will there still be "700 souls on the Volga" – and who would be left to command them?
"The Plague Widow" part 3 of 8. "Deathships" haunt the Volga – floating mass graves, Viking ship crews struck down by the plague in transit. They present an irresistible temptation to the quarantined town: precious cargo there for the taking if only a volunteer could be found to risk infection and pull the ship to shore. But the plague's been hard on everyone, and to a boatload of dying Vikings, they could be thinking the same thing.
The final issue of "The Plague Widow" sees Hilda and Karin faced with an impossible choice and a leap of faith. The brutal Russian winter closes in like a vice, and salvation could just as easily be a death sentence for one of them.
"The Plague Widow" part 6 of 8. The settlement, driven half into the ground by crushing isolation and starvation, suffers anew in the brutal hands of Gunborg. Hilda, having been spared much of the recent violence, realizes her survival wasn't by chance, and what she is expected to pay in return is unthinkable.
"The Plague Widow" part 4 of 8. As temperatures plummet and both fuel and food start to dwindle, some of the townspeople start to panic. Gunborg seizes on this to organize an expedition outside the sealed city in order to forage. But considering the plague, he seems too eager to take that risk. And as Hilda finds out herself, one doesn't have to travel far for danger to find them.
"The Plague Widow" part 2 of 8. It's A.D. 1020 on the Volga river, and a Viking city has just sealed itself off against an unknown contagion. Hilda, newly widowed and trying to care for her young daughter, struggles to survive in a community rife with paranoia, thievery, violence and xenophobia. When she is called upon to "donate" her own supply of food to the corrupt local militia leader, she commits an act of defiance that may get her killed.