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Synopsis: Many generations ago, the Völsung clan was tasked with slaying the dragon, Fafnir. Sigurd, the last of his clan, must now take up the fight against his family’s ancient and terrible foe.
Thank you to Diamond Books, the Publisher for allowing me to review this wonderful historical and Norse fantasy inspired comic. I recieved this copy of the comic via Netgalley. All thoughts are my opinion only.
If there is any comic that you should want to read in a setting that has a history and fantasy combined, then it is this one. It is rarely common to read historical comics, and this is a great treat.
This is a story well illustrated, well designed, and well explained. It has the usual story narrative of Gods using mortals to help fight each other. This was very similar to the video-game Shadow of Mordor’s story. Where Celebrimbor uses a mortal to fight Sauron. When you realise that most conflicts in history have been using one another to fight against each other.
Siguard’s story is a tale of tragedy. And triumph and loss. I loved the Dwarf character in this book because it reminded me that Sigurd had a male father figure. When he lost the ones dear to me, it was that part. If you are someone that likes to listen to music, search the God of War Soundtrack, or Wardruna. It is immersive for reading a comic like this.
Freya and Loki were two of the most interesting characters in this comic. I wanted to see Loki doing more manipulation from his end, and I wanted to see Freya using more of her cunning to persuade and convince more people to join her. Freya is the Goddess of War. Sometimes I wanted the authors of the comic, Nick and Jason to give us more of an insight into the Gods. Does Freya really think war is everything for her? Does she not want to take a break from consistently warring? Most of the Gods of the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Babylonians all possessed habits that were similar to humans. They were jealous, angry, and happy. Their emotions changed quickly just as we do. I like to call this comic historical fantasy. I am very lucky to have stumbled upon this amazing comic.
After reading all four of the comics, I was not convinced that there was a central villain behind this. Sure, there is Loki, there are dragons, but I wanted another character that was playing a bigger game in this. I cannot wait to see a series on the different Gods of the World. Imagine if we had a Babylonian comic in this fashion? It would be so epic. The Aztecs? The Celtic Gods? The Romans? Heck, Ancient Egypt would be on the top of my list.
To conclude, this is an amazing comic, and I think you should give it a go. It is a historical fantasy, so the authors have given their own interpretation of events. Diamond Books are my favorite publishers for historical content. Go read it now!