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Vinland Saga, Omnibus 2 (Vinland Saga omnibuses #3-4)

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ENGLAND AT WAR

The foolish King Ethelred has fled, and Askeladd's band is one of hundreds plundering the English countryside. Yet victory brings no peace to the elderly Danish King Sweyn, who worries that his untested, sensitive son Canute will never be ready to take the throne. The king's attempt to force his son to become a man places the young prince within the grasp o
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Hardcover, 438 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Kodansha Comics
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Nicola Mansfield
Feb 03, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Superb! The first thing that blows me away as I open this book and start reading is the stunning art. Intricate, detailed, realistic, with a just a few traditional manga catchings; it is honestly the most gorgeous piece of manga of read to date. This book heavily concentrates on the Danes attack of England; there is much battle and that is the main action throughout as they cross England, Wales and Mercia. A lot of character development is undergone especially concerning our main character, ...more
P.
Mar 11, 2014 P. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, historical, manga
Very beautiful - I love the realism that some historical manga can achieve. I think this one is more violent than the first volume, if I remember correctly - and it includes sexual violence. Thorfinn isn't morally neutral but compared to the other Vikings he is in a relatively neutral place, or, at least, he's so focused on his own pain and revenge that he can't bother philosophizing about the pain of others. So far this series is pulling off giving a violent culture a complex and characterized ...more
Panagiotis
Nov 19, 2014 Panagiotis rated it really liked it
Ο ιστορία κλιμακώνεται, τα σχέδια είναι χαρά οφθαλμού, οι βικινγκς ξυπνάνε αναμνήσεις από εφηβικά αναγνώσματα... Τι άλλο να θέλει κανείς;

Πάμε για τον επόμενο τόμο.
Jacob Peanosky
Mar 13, 2016 Jacob Peanosky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Super awesome series! For sure one of my all time favourite manga series.
Pierre-Olivier
Oct 21, 2016 Pierre-Olivier rated it liked it
Better, especially now that I have a better understanding of what the manga is about. For a while I wasn't too sure of where the author was going with this, as it originally looked like it was a revenge story but that aspect of the manga was really dragging. But now, I understand that it looks like it's less about the main character, and more about historical events, with some loops thrown in. Interesting.
Angela
Nov 12, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Another great entry into this series. I love how they compiled 14 chapters into one volume. I felt this one read smoother and made more sense than the last one, though this could be my understanding of it. This is one of few manga series I follow. I enjoyed the character Thorkell; he was funny.
Helena R-D
Oct 10, 2016 Helena R-D rated it it was amazing
Again, it was quite entertaining and seriously feels like the spiritual sequel of Vikings and The Last Kingdom. I do need a break from it, because it can be a bit too much with the blood and violence and gore. I know those times were brutal and the book is authentic in portraying the effects of Viking raids and invasions, but reading all of the volumes at once is a bit overwhelming.
The_Mad_Swede
Nov 18, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, manga, 2016
Following the events of the first omnibus, this book follows Askeladd's Viking band, including the fierce little warrior Thorfinn, on their adventures during the Danish King Sweyn's campaign to conquer England. In their path is Thorkell, Viking who fights on the side of the English, mostly because he finds his own compatriots more of a challenge to fight.

Makoto Yukimura impressed me with this first volume, and his sense of dramaturgy, narrative structure and visual composition holds the same hig
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Cornerofmadness
Dec 07, 2014 Cornerofmadness rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, historical
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Ian
Dec 19, 2014 Ian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, vinland-saga
Just like the previous book this is the continued journey of Thorfinn as he continues to get stronger and seeks revenge for his father who sacrificed everything for his son and village (sorry was that a spoiler? Perhaps you should have read a volume one preview first if it is.) This series is rated Older Teen for not only violence and gore but at least one instance of a woman being knocked into submission and bound so she can be violated by invading vikings (as I mentioned might happen in my ...more
Skjam!
Apr 04, 2014 Skjam! rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Viking fans, students of English history
Recommended to Skjam! by: me
To recap for those of you who haven’t read the review of Book One, Vinland Saga is set in the early 12th Century, the time of the Vikings. Our protagonist is Thorfinn, son of Thors, who serves in the war band of Askeladd. Askeladd murdered Thors, and Thorfinn serves the wily warrior for the sole purpose of one day getting revenge in a fair duel.

In this volume, the action shifts to the British Isles, and the war of King Sweyn Forkbeard against King Ethelred the Unready. While Ethelred himself has
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Karissa
Aug 24, 2014 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This is the second omnibus in the Vinland Saga historical manga series. I continue to be blown away by the incredible artwork, wonderful characterization, and excellent story in this series.

Askeladd and his band of warriors continue rampaging through England and end up in battle with London where they meet the rather viciously hilarious Thorkill. We also meet Prince Canute whom Askeladd decides to go on a mission and rescue in order to win the Danish King Sweyn’s favor. Whoever holds Prince Canu
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Mike
Aug 15, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
This omnibus collects volumes 3 and 4 of Vinland Saga (as originally published).

It's likely easy enough to pick up the basics of Vinland Saga and follow along starting here, but the first double-volume omnibus established a significant amount of lore and characters. It would be much better to go back to the beginning.

Yukimura's dense viking epic continues as Askeladd's band takes its place among King Sweyn's army as they overrun England. Troubles in London bring the king's son into a central ro
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Stewart Tame
Jan 03, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it it was amazing
Wow! This just keeps getting better and better. I don't think a manga has excited me this much since Death Note. It's really not fair to compare the two series as, aside from generally excellent art and story, they really don't have much in common. Yes, the action is kicked up a notch from traditional historical sagas, but it's grounded in such seemingly thorough research that it works. Characters are quite believably motivated, even the ones who are clearly onstage just to be defeated. And ...more
Sarah Hayes
Mar 29, 2016 Sarah Hayes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
Another brilliant volume of Vinland Saga. It's still the best manga of a brutal and bloody but emotionally genuine and expertly executed story of war and brotherhood I've read in recent years, centered in a time period and culture that rarely if ever gets a manga treatment like this one. Yukimura has the art, the storyboarding, the characters, and the pacing that all together makes Vinland Saga a must read series. I am loving how the various characters are developing and who they are becoming ...more
Brandon
Feb 16, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Really looking forward to the next book

After listening to the Vikings course via Great Courses on Audible, I have been looking into more of the Viking histories, sagas, and eddas. I took a flyer on this manga series and so far the story is tight. The history of the raiding periods throughout Scandinavia and England during the 10th and 11th centuries provide some amazing tales.
Anna
Apr 07, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Another bloodbath, another lil flashback or two (a chapter of Ylva's dealing with the loss of her father & brother and now pretty much becoming head of the household) and lets face it ... Askeladd is the star of this volume! He's got some pretty big plans and is using ALL the sides to get it working
Talk Comix
Mar 28, 2015 Talk Comix rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
There is no doubt about it. This is the best series i am currently reading at the moment (bar the regular drug that is robert kirkman). This series is just one big achievement for the writer makoto yukimura. I am by no means a manga nut. However the quality of the art and storytelling cant help but bowl you over. This series is a must read in my opinion.
Silje
Sep 18, 2014 Silje rated it liked it
I still love this comic!

But this time I felt like the omnibus didn't revolve so much around Thorfinn this time, and that made me disappointed. It's still fun, and there was a lot of revealing stuff about the characters, but there was too much war and such in my opinion.

But even though this was not the best volumes so far, I just cannot wait to get my hands on the next omnibus!
Sunshine
Lol, I read the 2nd book first without realizing it. Pretty good if you like lots of blood thirsty men with terrible morals. Easy to follow and plenty of stabbing in the neck and cutting off fingers. Also throws in some Viking/Saxon/Britannia/Welsh facts for the history buffs.
Satyajit Chetri
Feb 08, 2016 Satyajit Chetri rated it it was amazing
This series reminds me of why I read manga. The kind of visual storytelling on display is unparalleled in American comics. Mood, plot, attention to historical detail, character arcs - Makoto Yukimura has mastered them all.
Jana Denardo
Dec 13, 2014 Jana Denardo rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this Viking based manga. The mangaka has done a lot of obvious research into the topic and I love complicated relationships such as the one young Thorfinn shares with his nemesis, Askeladd. Naturally it's rather violent but what do you expect from Vikings?
Jasper
Jan 23, 2016 Jasper rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
i read this months ago and forgot to add it to goodreads and i don't remember how i felt about this volume.
i liked a few of the new characters that were introduced but the pacing felt slower than the first omnibus. art is still great. i bought the 3rd omnibus, so yes, i liked it.
Jenna
Mar 19, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
While the transitions between stories wasn't as smooth as the first volume, I still enjoyed the detail and characters. Didn't expect a pretty-boy though...
Tyler
Dec 23, 2014 Tyler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Just... Wow. Makoto Yukimura is just amazing. The art is somehow even better than the first book. The story is more brutal, we get more characters and... Just wow. This is my favorite Manga to date
Julie
Gory, sad in places, but really well done. I feel I'm not going to love the story because of its brutality but the artwork is fantastic and I love historical period manga.
Caitlin Ewing
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Jul 01, 2014
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