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Viking: The Long Cold Fire (Vol.1)

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The most violent criminal underworld in history! Finn and Egil, brothers - one bad, one worse - are trying to stab and steal their way to a seat at the table. Two men at war with the world around them. But today's the day the world fights back! From the writer of The Cross Bronx comes a crime book for the 9th Century.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Image Comics (first published February 1st 2010)
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Wicked book. The art especially stood out. If there's not more of this, WHY?!
Where Nothlanders is all abotu characters, plot, and historical themes, this Viking graphic novel relies almost entirely on the quality of the artwork for its success. Each page is lushly saturated with colour (both the reds of battle and the greens of the scenery are good places to draw from), but the artists's style is painterly to the point of becoming difficult to track characters throughout the plot. It doesn't help that the story jumps around so much that you're never quite sure which char ...more
Mark Desrosiers
This opens with a hapless constipated viking inviting his own murder by whining about his nether troubles ("I make sounds, but nothing falls from me"), then explodes into abrupt violence, then cuts randomly to a fierce Shel-Silverstein looking king trying to man up his court. Things go on this way -- one strange/blood-spattered/beautiful scene cutting off another with little continuity -- and you've entered what seems to be a myth, a disjointed tale with obvious importance, wisdom to impart. For ...more
Much like Northlanders, it's a neat Viking story but I'm left a little hollow. Maybe the story is a little too simple or the characters just a little thin. It was good, but not great.

Great art, though.
M.A. Ray
I liked the story a lot. Rough and bloody. The art was difficult for my eyes to parse, but nevertheless, fit the writing. I'd be interested in more.
A book which starts with a dude constipated can't be good.
Now, seriously, it starts all messy, narrative wise and with an art which is nothing sequential. It then gets better, ever so slowly, but it escalates into some sort of mortality tale, very boring, and while this is a personal taste, I don't like Klein's art at all. Some saving grace with the characters' ambiguity, which is always a plus in this binary world/media.
I had trouble getting into this; the dialog is so sparse and the cuts between scenes so frequent that it was hard for me to follow the story or connect with any of the characters. I never quite sorted out who was in who in some cases. Then it just sort of ended, rather than being resolved or cliffhung. There were some interesting images, at least.
Jocelyn Koehler
Lots of surface parallels to the Northlanders series, but this is its own story with a distinctly grim but compelling mood. Love the Egil/Finn relationship in terms of the brothers' personalities. Really felt like these authors get the mindset of the time & place. Can't wait to read the next trade.
May 11, 2011 Tom rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Great art with a good representation of the vikings. Good story too but can get a bit confusing due to the speech bubble organization. The main characters are enjoyable but randomly violent. This theme continues through their meeting of others and but other than that there isn't much of a story.
Mayank Agarwal
The Storytelling took time getting used to, it was random, confusing without continuity. Ones you get the hang of it, you realize the beauty of it. The Characters were powerful, Art superb. Ending was very disappointing as its left the plot in middle...the author must have scrapped the project.
Todd Johnson
The art is strong, but the story and story telling leave a lot to be desired. The story ends with a thud and overall, felt like it was produced to fill out the artist's portfolio.
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