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Sagas of the Northmen. Edited by Sean Fahey. A beatifully rendered comic book anthology celebrating the bold lives and heroic deeds of the men and women of the Viking Age. Seven stand-alone tales, and three art prints. Stories include: 

Satan’s Hordes. (Written by Mark Wheaton, Artwork by Jok) The Northmen raid on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. is considered by many modern historians as the beginning of “The Viking Age.” To the inhabitants of Lindisfarne, however, the raid was considered to be God’s Wrath.   

No King but the Law. (Written by Sean Fahey, Artwork by Borch) In medieval Iceland, the administration of justice was a collective responsibility, one that was performed not by kings or judges, but by entire communities. Branded an outlaw and banished by his village for murder, Erik Magnusson must survive in the wild on his own for three years before being allowed to rejoin his people. The victim’s brother, however, has his own punishment in mind. 

Because it is There. (Written by Sean Fahey, Artwork by Marcelo Basile) Thirsty for knowledge. Hungry for adventure. Curious as to what lay beyond their immediate reach. The Vikings braved vast stretches of the unknown to discover unexplored lands and challenge prevailing conceptions of the known world...in many ways, becoming the astronauts of their time. 

The Dimming Spirit. (Written by Tom Pinchuk, Artwork by Ezequiel Rosingana) Central to the Viking warrior ethos was a deeply held belief that those who died courageously in battle, sword in hand, would feast and fight eternally with their fallen brothers in Valhalla, the “Hall of the Slain.” In “The Dimming Spirt,” writer Tom Pinchuk offers a provocative post-modern commentary on the Viking warrior ethos in the guise of a clever tale about loss and retribution. 

Ascension. (Written by Derek Fridolfs and Ken Jones, Artwork by Michael Kennedy) A great Chieftain has died, leaving a community in disarray as they search for a worthy successor. Are leaders born or are they made? While exploring elements of Norse mythology and the Viking funeral ritual, “Ascension” is at its heart a moving tale about a father, a son and a shared destiny. 

Heart of Iron. (Written by Susan Wallis, Artwork by Todor Hristov) Though little is known about Freydis Eriksdottir, she remains one of the most polarizing figures of the Viking Age. Was she an opportunistic explorer in search of riches or truly intent on settling the New World? A cold blooded murderer or a protector of her people? One thing escapes debate though: above all else, she was a survivor. 

The Emperor’s Wineskins. (Written by Sean Fahey, Artwork by Marcelo Basile) Comprised primarily of Nordic and Rus Vikings, the Varangian Guard proudly served as the personal bodyguards of the Byzantine emperors for over four centuries. Widely renowned as an elite fighting force, the earliest members of the Varangian Guard were also notorious drunkards. Nevertheless, those that questioned their abilities or loyalty to the throne did so at their own peril. 

 
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October 14th, 2015
In the interest of disclosure I should mention that I am one of the kickstarter backers for this comic. I was given a copy as one of the rewards. Normally I would wait on the review until I had received the physical copy, however it will not be printed [...]
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