There is one thing I consider especially interesting to emphasize in NORTHLANDERS, in general, not only in this particular story: the use of the splash pages. I can say Brian means something with them, he’s giving us (this is just an interpretation, Brian you can correct me if I’m wrong) a rhythm on reading. Considering how different time passed by during that time compared with modern urban life, between rush hour, mobile phones, work duties and so on...
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I always wanted to draw a Viking tale.
Since I was a little kid I felt special attraction to this topic. I felt an obsessive admiration for these guys who had the guts to jump into the sea and sail across unknown waters, travel long distances on a very different and dangerous world, conquer countries, know different cultures, and so many other things they did along a very wide period of time in history.
The Rus, as they are called, camped above the river trading furs from a log hall, axed out by slaves. The men—tall as date palms, blond, tattooed— had set a pole out front carved with gods to which they offer things to bless their trade. This was all I saw of their piety or conscience. Caliph, they are the dirtiest creatures of God.
- Ibn Fadhlan, On an Arab Mission, Encounters Vikings Volga River, 922 A.D.
We’ve survived the violence, hunger and death of the cold hard winter over the last 7 issues of NORTHLANDERS. Now, the conclusion 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.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:
The NORTHLANDER'S arc THE PLAGUE WIDOW continues this Wednesday in issue #23.
Brian Wood sets up the preview below. Check it out!
"As the cold descends on the settlement, citizens like Hilda here are forced to butcher their livestock early in an effort to keep valuable food from the roving bands of thieves and home invaders. It's this desperation, still so early in the winter, that will make the arrival of the Death Ships so important."
NORTHLANDERS #21 begins a compelling 8 issue arc (yes, the longest NORTHLANDERS arc to date) called The Plague Widow. This arc debuts the art of Leandro Fernandez here at Vertigo. Take a look at his pencils and inks from the first 3 pages: