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Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape. The age of Vikings. Savage wild men, dark creatures, and hideous undead are pawns in the war between witches. A hero named Rikard pays the ultimate price in this conflict... but his fight is far from over. Raised as a draugr - an undead killing machine - Rikard is meant to be used as a weapon in the superna Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape. The age of Vikings. Savage wild men, dark creatures, and hideous undead are pawns in the war between witches. A hero named Rikard pays the ultimate price in this conflict... but his fight is far from over. Raised as a draugr - an undead killing machine - Rikard is meant to be used as a weapon in the supernatural conflict. But Rikard will not be controlled. And where the draugr treads, death follows!


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Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape. The age of Vikings. Savage wild men, dark creatures, and hideous undead are pawns in the war between witches. A hero named Rikard pays the ultimate price in this conflict... but his fight is far from over. Raised as a draugr - an undead killing machine - Rikard is meant to be used as a weapon in the superna Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape. The age of Vikings. Savage wild men, dark creatures, and hideous undead are pawns in the war between witches. A hero named Rikard pays the ultimate price in this conflict... but his fight is far from over. Raised as a draugr - an undead killing machine - Rikard is meant to be used as a weapon in the supernatural conflict. But Rikard will not be controlled. And where the draugr treads, death follows!

30 review for Helheim Vol. 1: The Witch War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    4,5 stars Frankenstein's monster meets Vikings! A great mix of fantasy, horror and ancient Norse mythology. Simple story, great art, interesting characters and lots of mayhem! (view spoiler)[ Loved the reference to "The Lord of the Ring" Mouth of Sauron! :D (hide spoiler)] If you liked reading Bullen's Deadpool and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or/and you love "The 13th Warrior" movie based on Michael Chricton's "Eaters of the dead" novel and Vikings tv series, just find and read this comic: you are 4,5 stars Frankenstein's monster meets Vikings! A great mix of fantasy, horror and ancient Norse mythology. Simple story, great art, interesting characters and lots of mayhem! (view spoiler)[ Loved the reference to "The Lord of the Ring" Mouth of Sauron! :D (hide spoiler)] If you liked reading Bullen's Deadpool and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or/and you love "The 13th Warrior" movie based on Michael Chricton's "Eaters of the dead" novel and Vikings tv series, just find and read this comic: you are going to have a real blast.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This is basically as far as you can get from Brian Wood's Northlanders while conceding they are both graphic novels involving Vikings. This graphic novel was a mix of pseudo-Viking culture and fantastical mythology involving witchcraft and demon hordes, giving the finished product a unique "Weird North" vibe. To use an analogy: Hellheim is to Vikings as Jonah Hex is to Cowboys. And, to be clear, I mean that as a high compliment. The full-color artwork was a highlight throughout the book. It was This is basically as far as you can get from Brian Wood's Northlanders while conceding they are both graphic novels involving Vikings. This graphic novel was a mix of pseudo-Viking culture and fantastical mythology involving witchcraft and demon hordes, giving the finished product a unique "Weird North" vibe. To use an analogy: Hellheim is to Vikings as Jonah Hex is to Cowboys. And, to be clear, I mean that as a high compliment. The full-color artwork was a highlight throughout the book. It was as interesting as it was stylized, and it maintained a consistency throughout -- leaving no ambiguity as to which characters were which, or why a character no longer looked "right," which is a pet peeve of mine. Also of note was that the entire "Witch War" arc is resolved in the ~140 pages that make up this volume. While it is open-ended yes, it leaves no cliffhangers or major plot threads unresolved. Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom

    Highly recommend for Grimdark Fans

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    A friend already captured my thoughts about this, so lets just shamelessly paste his whole review here: Gianfranco Mancini rated it 4,5 stars Frankenstein's monster meets Vikings! A great mix of fantasy, horror and ancient Norse mythology. Simple story, great art, interesting characters and lots of mayhem! If you liked reading Bullen's Deadpool and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or/and you love "The 13th Warrior" movie based on Michael Chricton's "Eaters of the dead" novel and Vikings tv series, just fi A friend already captured my thoughts about this, so lets just shamelessly paste his whole review here: Gianfranco Mancini rated it 4,5 stars Frankenstein's monster meets Vikings! A great mix of fantasy, horror and ancient Norse mythology. Simple story, great art, interesting characters and lots of mayhem! If you liked reading Bullen's Deadpool and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or/and you love "The 13th Warrior" movie based on Michael Chricton's "Eaters of the dead" novel and Vikings tv series, just find and read this comic: you are going to have a real blast. (less)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (3,7 of 5 for Viking-pagan-fantasy carnage) Even if I rated it 3 stars because the art is nice and the story isn't really special it is tremendous fun. Two witches who hate each other trying to kill each other with every force they got their hands on, leaving mayhem and death behind until one of them made a grave mistake and creates self-aware Frankenstein-monster draugr. I was done with this comics in one read and I enjoyed it very much. There is almost zero chance I would read it again, in a bi (3,7 of 5 for Viking-pagan-fantasy carnage) Even if I rated it 3 stars because the art is nice and the story isn't really special it is tremendous fun. Two witches who hate each other trying to kill each other with every force they got their hands on, leaving mayhem and death behind until one of them made a grave mistake and creates self-aware Frankenstein-monster draugr. I was done with this comics in one read and I enjoyed it very much. There is almost zero chance I would read it again, in a bigger picture it is not "real cinema", I would not really wide recommend it but it is fun and it has its bright moments and if you enjoy Cullen Bunn's work no matter what this is worth trying.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Helheim is vikings, witches, monsters, magic, and a barbarian zombie all thrown together into a big melting pot, and, based on that premise alone, this book should be awesome - but it’s not. Instead it’s a rather shallow bloody fantasy horror comic with no hero and little entertainment value. Rikard is the greatest Viking warrior in his settlement. His girlfriend Bera is a witch who is at war with another witch, Groa, who have been fighting one another with hordes of zombies, monsters, and other Helheim is vikings, witches, monsters, magic, and a barbarian zombie all thrown together into a big melting pot, and, based on that premise alone, this book should be awesome - but it’s not. Instead it’s a rather shallow bloody fantasy horror comic with no hero and little entertainment value. Rikard is the greatest Viking warrior in his settlement. His girlfriend Bera is a witch who is at war with another witch, Groa, who have been fighting one another with hordes of zombies, monsters, and other terrors. During battle, Rikard is cut down, however Bera resurrects him with her magic and turns him into a draugr, an undead killing machine. Lots and lots of fighting later and the book ends in a humdrum bloodbath. Helheim has the magic, action and history that made Cullen Bunn’s other Oni series, The Sixth Gun, such a hit, but it just doesn’t work in Helheim because the characters are so two-dimensional and uninteresting. They’re a charmless, dreary bunch who want to kill each other because that’s what the script says. Helheim’s simplistic story and characters would work for a younger readers book but it’s incredibly gory battle scenes firmly makes its audience adult only, so it’s a bit of a muddled book. I was really impressed with Joelle Jones’ artwork here which is terrific. Imagine Rob Guillory by way of Mike Mignola and you’ve got an idea of her work on this book. I don’t know why but several years ago I was reading a romance comic/novel by Jamie S. Rich called 12 Reasons Why I Love Her which she illustrated, so I’ve always associated her with girly comics, but she proves she’s as metal as any guy with Helheim, bringing the blood and gore by the bucketload. Bunn on the other hand has written far better comics elsewhere – The Sixth Gun remains his masterwork, but he’s also done fine stuff at Marvel on various characters from Deadpool to Wolverine to Fearless Defenders. Helheim is one of the weakest efforts in his career so far with no particular scenes standing out, the plot has little invention to it, and the characters’ dialogue is bland and one-note at best. I’d love to say that Helheim is Northlanders with more magic and horror thrown in, but it’s not nearly as good as Brian Wood’s Viking epic, and the magic and horror here is as generic as any you’d find in a random fantasy comic. Helheim is a disappointing miss from what you’d reasonably expect to be a great book from the creative team and setup.

  7. 4 out of 5

    L

    3.5 Oh Lordy lord, all that gore... Teaches me right to not choose a random book from the GN section of the library. I feel like there was no story building beside the three pages where they briefly clued us in on what was happening. The cliffhanger did leave me wanting to continue for the sake of just knowing what will happen in the next volume. Overall, it was just a meh. Don't know and don't think I'll continue. Cool graphics, though. 3.5 Oh Lordy lord, all that gore... Teaches me right to not choose a random book from the GN section of the library. I feel like there was no story building beside the three pages where they briefly clued us in on what was happening. The cliffhanger did leave me wanting to continue for the sake of just knowing what will happen in the next volume. Overall, it was just a meh. Don't know and don't think I'll continue. Cool graphics, though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    MechaComicReviews

    Helheim, like the lead character, the Draugr, Rikard, is kind of a pastiche of a mess. His body is torn, stitched together, a giant viking Frankenstein’s monster of the north. His humongous body and remnants of his soul are bent on one thing: killing the two witches that lead to his death in revenge. I really love Cullen Bunn’s writing from The Sixth Gun and particularly Harrow County. However, his voice is not very strong in this piece, and there are large jumps in logic between issues that have Helheim, like the lead character, the Draugr, Rikard, is kind of a pastiche of a mess. His body is torn, stitched together, a giant viking Frankenstein’s monster of the north. His humongous body and remnants of his soul are bent on one thing: killing the two witches that lead to his death in revenge. I really love Cullen Bunn’s writing from The Sixth Gun and particularly Harrow County. However, his voice is not very strong in this piece, and there are large jumps in logic between issues that have to be explained later. It’s also a little repetitive like Rikard’s father, Kirk, continually vowing to kill his grotesque son throughout multiple issues. Like, we get it. Also, I don’t know if it’s a failing of the writing or art, but there are a lot of near-empty panels with little to no action and serve no purpose. The art is also a doozy. I’ve seen Joëlle Jones do some great things, but the art uses a stereotypical hulking, muscle protagonist, old witch, sexy witch with a boob job, boring demons, and young girl. The best bit of these designs is Kirk who has a unique face. Otherwise, the action does not look dynamic, no matter how much blood or ink splatter is thrown into it. It’s just confusing. I also feel like the letterer could have come up with a special font for the Draugr but oh well. And here’s the kicker: I basically got this in the bargain bin for $3 (it’s even signed by Jones), and when I sell it back to the store, it will probably go straight back to that discount area. And, unfortunately, I won’t really be disappointed about it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carey Healy

    This book is grimmer and gorier than I would typically choose for myself, but it is a masterful execution of story and comic. First, the story reminds me of the Song of Fire and Ice chapters that take place north of the wall with an interesting mix of Frankenstein as well. However, that summary doesn't do it justice. It moves at a blistering pace, and it regular diverts expectations and surprises throughout. The story will not bore. The story is very well paced and interesting. As a comic this bo This book is grimmer and gorier than I would typically choose for myself, but it is a masterful execution of story and comic. First, the story reminds me of the Song of Fire and Ice chapters that take place north of the wall with an interesting mix of Frankenstein as well. However, that summary doesn't do it justice. It moves at a blistering pace, and it regular diverts expectations and surprises throughout. The story will not bore. The story is very well paced and interesting. As a comic this book also works very well. The layouts are interesting, and the word-to-panel ratio is excellent. Although, the entire story takes place in a bleak snowy realm, the dramatic coloring keeps the environments fresh and the art engaging. If you can handle the grim tale, this book delivers an exceptional story that is enhanced by the art. It fires at all cylinders.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheridan

    Loved the Fimbulvetr feel to the book, and I think it's the first time I've seen Draugr mentioned in modern fiction as well. Pretty straightforward story with a predictable twist (though I did think that Kadlin was just a nod to Maria the farmer's daughter from the 1931 Universal production of Frankenstein. Shall definitely keep an eye out for the other Helheim books (though not sure where the story may go from here). Loved the Fimbulvetr feel to the book, and I think it's the first time I've seen Draugr mentioned in modern fiction as well. Pretty straightforward story with a predictable twist (though I did think that Kadlin was just a nod to Maria the farmer's daughter from the 1931 Universal production of Frankenstein. Shall definitely keep an eye out for the other Helheim books (though not sure where the story may go from here).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pawan Rai

    Story is way too straight forward

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    Written by the Sixth Gun guy. It's pretty awesome. Gory. Visceral. Fun. Written by the Sixth Gun guy. It's pretty awesome. Gory. Visceral. Fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Bloxham

    Decent read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    4.5 Stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    This is exactly what it looks like. Quick read, interesting story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Conan Tigard

    Helheim Vol. 1: The Witch War is a bloody good time of a graphic novel. The story takes place over 1,400 years ago and stars a young Viking named Rikard. Unfortunately for this young man, he is slain in battle and then brought back to life, by a witch that can raise the living dead, as a draugr, an undead killing machine. His head is placed on the body of many different parts of warriors she has pieced together, so he is now quite huge. If a part of him is damaged in battle, parts from other dea Helheim Vol. 1: The Witch War is a bloody good time of a graphic novel. The story takes place over 1,400 years ago and stars a young Viking named Rikard. Unfortunately for this young man, he is slain in battle and then brought back to life, by a witch that can raise the living dead, as a draugr, an undead killing machine. His head is placed on the body of many different parts of warriors she has pieced together, so he is now quite huge. If a part of him is damaged in battle, parts from other dead creatures can be used to replace the damaged parts, or even added, like the wings of a demon. Rikard knows who he was, but his mind it not all there, and he now prefers to be called Helheim. |I found the idea of writing a series around a draugr to be quite fascinating. I had never heard of one before, but I have read many books with necromancers and their creations, so the concept wasn't totally foreign to me. I really liked the idea that any damaged part can be replaced with another from any dead being. So, with this, the writer then can be constantly morphing hero as the story progresses. We see this happening this first graphic novel as Helheim replaces part of his head with a demon's eye, skull and single curved horn. Later, he has large bat-like demon's wings attached to his back giving him the ability to fly. Very cool! As for the storyline, by Collen Bunn, I quite enjoyed it. There are quite a few battle scenes and a lot of blood is splattered. With body parts flying, this is not a book for children. This story arc revolves around two witches that hate each other so much that they kill and maimed hundreds of others in the attempt to kill their nemesis. After one of the, creates the draugr, the end of the long battle draws nigh. The artwork in the story, by Juëlle Jones, is quite well done and I found it fitting for the type of story this is. The grittiness of the artist's style, and the linear way she draws gave the book a feeling of the toughness of the times and the desperation of the people. In other words, for me, I thought it was a perfect style for this type of book. Overall, Helheim Vol. 1: The Witch War is a rip-roaring graphic Viking paranormal comic that I highly enjoyed. The story kept me turning pages, drinking in the beautiful artwork, until I finished the entire thing in one sitting. If you are looking for a really cool, and pretty violent, graphic novel about Vikings and the undead, this is one that you definitely need to pick up. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next volume of this series. Count me in as a fan. I rated this book a 9 out of 10.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Helheim Volume 1 collects the 6 chapter Witch War story arc and providing a solid beginning and ending despite being a first volume. The pseudo-Viking era is nicely illustrated in full color panels with plenty of action and violence. A touch of magic adds to the story. 580 A.D. in the North, wild men chase a hunting party. The party makes it back to their small village fortress and the wild men are defeated. But they r More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Helheim Volume 1 collects the 6 chapter Witch War story arc and providing a solid beginning and ending despite being a first volume. The pseudo-Viking era is nicely illustrated in full color panels with plenty of action and violence. A touch of magic adds to the story. 580 A.D. in the North, wild men chase a hunting party. The party makes it back to their small village fortress and the wild men are defeated. But they rise again after death - resulting in the death of the village leader's son, Rikard. But Rikard was seduced by a witch and she brings him back to life - as a Draugh. Thus is Rikard and the village dragged into an interminable war of dark magic between the two witches. Until a girl and her dog enters and befriends the rogue draugh and brings him to battle the witches and bring sanity back to the world. I was pleased that magic played a small part of the story and that neither witch was a moustache twirling evil satanic monster. Instead, they are both selfish and self centered, unable to see beyond their goal of the other's destruction. There is pathos to be found in what Rikard, a once noble warrior, has become after his resurrection. And as well, there is the mystery of how he will battle and eventually defeat not one but both witches - including the one that he loved and who resurrected him. The illustrations are well done and the action easy to follow. I liked that the witches aren't scantily clad bimbos but instead provide a bit of gravitas in their single minded acts of destruction. There's no big magic here, no chants or runes or hocus pocus. This is a book about action and destruction, humanity, nobility, greed, and death - and all the necromancy is done off-panel. In all, I enjoyed all 6 chapters of Hellheim and appreciate that the book ended with a solid story arc but left room for continuation on the very last panel. Received as an ARC from the publisher.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Helheim: The Witch War, Volume One' shows why Cullen Bunn is one of the better writers in comics these days. This is a story that starts quick and never really lets up. It is the time of the Vikings. Rikard and his tribe are out fighting enemies when they are confronted by a witch's army. Rikard has a vision of his death. When the army they are fighting comes back to life, Rikard dies. His lover Bera stitches him back together into a draugr, a kind of Viking Frankenstein monster, and sends him o 'Helheim: The Witch War, Volume One' shows why Cullen Bunn is one of the better writers in comics these days. This is a story that starts quick and never really lets up. It is the time of the Vikings. Rikard and his tribe are out fighting enemies when they are confronted by a witch's army. Rikard has a vision of his death. When the army they are fighting comes back to life, Rikard dies. His lover Bera stitches him back together into a draugr, a kind of Viking Frankenstein monster, and sends him out to kill the witch. Rikard finds there are two witches. As Rikard fights, he finds that his new body needs mending, so his appearance changes and becomes more gruesome over the course of the story. Rikard's father wants this thing that was his son dead. Rikard just wants to finish the war with the two witches. Supernatural Vikings fighting the undead? Count me in! And it's a good story. The art by Joelle Jones is perfect for the story. It's a quick read, but I really liked this one. I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this action packed graphic novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucie Paris

    An amazing comic due to its mixture of genres, its darkness and originality of illustrations. At the time of the Vikings, a brave and generous man struggle to save the people of his village in a deathly war between two witches. To battle against each others, the two women use demons and undead and in the meantime, they exterminate humans. Rikard falls on the battlefield and becomes a high-powered weapons. A kind of demonic Frankenstein able to destroy his enemies and mutate according to his injuri An amazing comic due to its mixture of genres, its darkness and originality of illustrations. At the time of the Vikings, a brave and generous man struggle to save the people of his village in a deathly war between two witches. To battle against each others, the two women use demons and undead and in the meantime, they exterminate humans. Rikard falls on the battlefield and becomes a high-powered weapons. A kind of demonic Frankenstein able to destroy his enemies and mutate according to his injuries. A kind of Thorgal amidst zombies. I was hooked from the start. The plot is contemporary with a fantastic and a gore edge to the story. As for the illustrations, they are incredibly detailed, morbid, with beautiful colors. A great success! Personally, I loved the story and the realism of the drawings. A surprising comic! Lucie http://newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is what you get when you mash together the paranormal, witches, Viking-like warriors and, well, Frankenstein. Witches are battling, raising armies of the dead and demons against each other and laying waste to villages (and their residents) along the way. An undead, pieced together warrior declares his own war on the witches for the good of his people. It’s a decent plot, not exactly complicated. There are a couple of apparent twists, but for anyone who knows this type of story to begin with This is what you get when you mash together the paranormal, witches, Viking-like warriors and, well, Frankenstein. Witches are battling, raising armies of the dead and demons against each other and laying waste to villages (and their residents) along the way. An undead, pieced together warrior declares his own war on the witches for the good of his people. It’s a decent plot, not exactly complicated. There are a couple of apparent twists, but for anyone who knows this type of story to begin with they aren’t much of a surprise. There is a lot of action, violence, blood and the art gives a fair representation of it. It’s not highly detailed, but it works well. The relatively low rating I’m giving this isn’t necessarily for the overall quality, as it is reasonably enjoyable. But it almost tries too hard to be different and ends up not standing out. [Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.]

  21. 4 out of 5

    zxvasdf

    Basically, when you boil it all down to the nitty gritty, witches are bitches. The witches you find in Helheim wage a senseless murderous war against each other with pawns of viking flesh. One can summon hell beasts, and the other resurrects the dead. Their battleground is soaked through with frozen blood and littered with brittle bones while the footsteps of the barely living sound in the crisp Northern air. I don't see why anyone's complaining about the art. It's gorgeously drawn by the talent Basically, when you boil it all down to the nitty gritty, witches are bitches. The witches you find in Helheim wage a senseless murderous war against each other with pawns of viking flesh. One can summon hell beasts, and the other resurrects the dead. Their battleground is soaked through with frozen blood and littered with brittle bones while the footsteps of the barely living sound in the crisp Northern air. I don't see why anyone's complaining about the art. It's gorgeously drawn by the talented Joelle Jones, who is one of the increasing number of women blazing their own into a male-dominated field. Helheim started off all right for me, but once I reached the final page... Let's just say I love a story with a kind of ulterior motive, which is much more far-reaching than it seemed at first, causing the scope of things to expand abruptly.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    This sounded fun. i like this kind of paranormal fantasy novel and the Viking twist element added to my interest. Usually going into this type of thing I expect a good read so I was pleasantly pleased with just how much I enjoyed Helheim. This is such a fast story. The events that happen in volume one could have been spread out over several volumes! But fast action and plotting is the order of the day. I just loved all the elements: the witches, the Daugr, the Vikings, the Natives, the demons, t This sounded fun. i like this kind of paranormal fantasy novel and the Viking twist element added to my interest. Usually going into this type of thing I expect a good read so I was pleasantly pleased with just how much I enjoyed Helheim. This is such a fast story. The events that happen in volume one could have been spread out over several volumes! But fast action and plotting is the order of the day. I just loved all the elements: the witches, the Daugr, the Vikings, the Natives, the demons, the living dead (zombie-like), etc. The story is somewhat predictable, in that I just kept ahead of it. Also this volume feels like it is the background story, the set-up for the real story which will begin with the next volume. Pretty good if you like violent war battles and paranormal creatures.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The art is amazing, the story simple; a war between two witches, one who controls the demons and the other controls the dead. Whole villages sacrificed to continue their war against each other. A hero brought back from the dead and cast into a shell made of a collection of the dead (like Frankenstein's monster) to turn the odds but there is too much of the man left in there. A heart broken father seeking to release his son's soul from the monster. Brilliant story with loads of blood and monsters The art is amazing, the story simple; a war between two witches, one who controls the demons and the other controls the dead. Whole villages sacrificed to continue their war against each other. A hero brought back from the dead and cast into a shell made of a collection of the dead (like Frankenstein's monster) to turn the odds but there is too much of the man left in there. A heart broken father seeking to release his son's soul from the monster. Brilliant story with loads of blood and monsters and love betrayed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Frankensteinian Undead creature fights witches in a Viking world. That's the basics. There's a little story around that (about Viking tribes suffering while two witches do battle using them as pawns), but for the most part the book is visceral action and overwrought complaints from people exhausted by battle. It's a very dour book, filled with brutal battles. It takes some unexpected twists and turns, but in the end it's a fairly straightforward story; it really should stand on its own as it fee Frankensteinian Undead creature fights witches in a Viking world. That's the basics. There's a little story around that (about Viking tribes suffering while two witches do battle using them as pawns), but for the most part the book is visceral action and overwrought complaints from people exhausted by battle. It's a very dour book, filled with brutal battles. It takes some unexpected twists and turns, but in the end it's a fairly straightforward story; it really should stand on its own as it feels complete, but the end hints that more is to come, which actually weakens the overall effect.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this, but mostly for Joelle Jones's art, which, along with colorist Nick Filgardi's work creates a wonderfully moody atmosphere, and satisfyingly bloody and violent battle images. In my opinion, the story and characters were only okay. I didn't feel much connection to the characters, and I felt like there wasn't much plot development, considering that it was six whole issues. I'd read more if I had it, but I definitely don't feel compelled to buy issues. I enjoyed this, but mostly for Joelle Jones's art, which, along with colorist Nick Filgardi's work creates a wonderfully moody atmosphere, and satisfyingly bloody and violent battle images. In my opinion, the story and characters were only okay. I didn't feel much connection to the characters, and I felt like there wasn't much plot development, considering that it was six whole issues. I'd read more if I had it, but I definitely don't feel compelled to buy issues.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Silas

    This was an interesting exercise in world-building, which combined a Nordic setting with a war between a necromancer and a demonologist. The whole thing had a sort of Ragnarok vibe, being very bleak throughout, though the story, itself was engaging and had a satisfying conclusion. It featured a lot more gore than I thought was really necessary, but I guess some might enjoy that more than I do. It was an interesting mash-up, but maybe not quite my cup of tea.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matthew McCroskey

    I admit it... I'm a huge fan of stories involving Norse mythology and Helheim is exactly that. While the scripting is a little light, artist Joëlle Jones delivers stunning art that fills in much of the nuance that goes unscripted. I also learned that a draugr is an ancient Norse zombie legend... you can bet I'll be mentioning that in my Mythology class. I admit it... I'm a huge fan of stories involving Norse mythology and Helheim is exactly that. While the scripting is a little light, artist Joëlle Jones delivers stunning art that fills in much of the nuance that goes unscripted. I also learned that a draugr is an ancient Norse zombie legend... you can bet I'll be mentioning that in my Mythology class.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Rikard is a viking that is caught and killed due to a war between two witches. He is raised from the dead to be the tool of one witch but with the aid of a lost little girl raises an army that destroys both witch. The ending suggests that his trials are not over. Readable tale accompanied by good artwork.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    I liked it, even if I didn't love it - there weren't too many surprises as the plot developed (except a lovely twist at the end; I expected there to be a twist, seeing as this is "Volume 1", but I didn't expect that one). It was fun to read. Lovely art, too. I liked it, even if I didn't love it - there weren't too many surprises as the plot developed (except a lovely twist at the end; I expected there to be a twist, seeing as this is "Volume 1", but I didn't expect that one). It was fun to read. Lovely art, too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Damon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gets 2 stars for being a finished piece. Not well written in any sense. The art is decent. I will not be reading passed this volume, however. The transitions in the story are not exacted, and don't attempt to be. Moves much too quickly through mediocre dialogue. Gets 2 stars for being a finished piece. Not well written in any sense. The art is decent. I will not be reading passed this volume, however. The transitions in the story are not exacted, and don't attempt to be. Moves much too quickly through mediocre dialogue.

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