Northlanders

Northlanders

Book 7, The Icelandic Trilogy

Book - 2012
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Brian Wood (DMZ, DEMO, DV8) wraps up his critically acclaimed Vertigo series here in "The Icelandic Trilogy".

In this final chapter, NORTHLANDERS weaves together the decades-spanning crime drama of the Hauksson clan. Beginning with a young Ulf Hauksson taking over his clan's settlement in a new land and moving onto a violent civil war years later, the final story arc of this landmark Vertigo series reveals a brand new look at the bloody beginnings of Iceland. NORTHLANDERS, as always, delivers historical action with the action and sensibility of modern day crime drama.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012
ISBN: 9781401236915
140123691X
Branch Call Number: GN WOOD 2012
Characteristics: 197 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm

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GSwanLibrary
Mar 24, 2016

I really, really wanted to like this Volume. In truth, I couldn't even make myself finish it. Lame, one dimensional characters. Kind of sums up the whole of the Viking's saga by Brian Wood. There was some great action and Quantin Tarantino-esque dialogue+violence, but as the saga continued I couldn't apologize any more for the flaws and lack of depth in the series.

When I saw thebackcover description about a family that was allegedly a criminal dynasty, I thought "here we go! This is what I've been waiting for from this whole darn series!" and I envisioned that this was to be a masterpiece of storytelling and would rescue the whole Viking's series with a 9th inning grand slam. But it came up lame to close out the series, and failed it's chance to redeem some of it's failed predecessor volumes in my eyes.

Not even worth reading this one, don't be fooled by the cool cover art. If you like Brian Wood, try DMZ, Starve, or the soon to-be-released Rebels instead, they are very good reading!

Vilka Dec 31, 2013

The first third or so was okay, but then the characters deteriorated from there. People who you could tell were supposed to be 'smart but tough and ruthless' turned out to be just determinedly mean (less and less strategically-minded, stubborn but not smart) and the last story in particular felt 'off'--the female lead looks more like a skinny semi-punk city hairdresser than a woman of her time and place, and I didn't care about anyone or feel my attention engaged by anything. I admit I skimmed the last fifth of the book. The Plague Widow was a much better Northlanders installment, despite its flaws.

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