Book Five, Metal and Other Stories

Graphic Novel - 2011
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The fifth volume of Northlanders finds DMZ artist Riccardo Burchielli joining Brian Wood's Viking epic.Opening in 9th century Norway, Erik, a blacksmith, meets Ingrid, a girl enslaved by corrupt Christian missionaries. When Erik liberates Ingrid from her captors, they set out to live by the "old ways," hoping to find something - anything - they can feel is their own. The Church will not let them go that easily, though, and sets out to bring them back by any means necessary, driving Erik to adopt a scorched earth policy their pursuers.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, c2011
Characteristics: 188 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781401231606 (pbk)
1401231608 (pbk)
Call Number: 741.5973 WOOD NORTHLAND
Alternative Title: Metal and other stories


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Nov 28, 2011

Another strong Northlanders edition. As I've noted before, each edition is self contained so you don't need to read the previous books. There are 3 stories in this one, one long one and two short ones. All are interesting but a lot of the focus is on the christian/pagan conflict in viking society. A bit less fighting and blood and guts in this one (but lots implied). I liked book 4 better but this still makes me look forward to future editions.


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