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90 Years Has Passed since the great illness, and most of the old world has been forgotten and left to the mercy of trolls, beasts and giants. A small Nordic team of explorers heads out on the first official research mission. A light-hearted journey of friendship and camaraderie, with elements of Nordic mythology and some horror.


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90 Years Has Passed since the great illness, and most of the old world has been forgotten and left to the mercy of trolls, beasts and giants. A small Nordic team of explorers heads out on the first official research mission. A light-hearted journey of friendship and camaraderie, with elements of Nordic mythology and some horror.

30 review for Stand Still, Stay Silent: Book 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liam || Books 'n Beards

    Holy hell. I have a new favourite webcomic. I backed this book ages ago on a random search for publishing on Indiegogo, since then I've refrained from reading the comic so that I could read it (well, the first 280~ pages) in one bash in book form as I much prefer. God, I'm gonna be up til 4 reading the rest of it now. Beautiful art, great unique setting, very funny without losing sight of the seriousness of the world the characters are living in - very good. Also for a crowd-funded book, incredibl Holy hell. I have a new favourite webcomic. I backed this book ages ago on a random search for publishing on Indiegogo, since then I've refrained from reading the comic so that I could read it (well, the first 280~ pages) in one bash in book form as I much prefer. God, I'm gonna be up til 4 reading the rest of it now. Beautiful art, great unique setting, very funny without losing sight of the seriousness of the world the characters are living in - very good. Also for a crowd-funded book, incredibly high production quality. Just wow.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    This post apocalyptic story focuses on a band of friends who team up to discover the silent world 90 years after our world ends. It has this intriguing, brilliant mix mash of elements from Nordic mythology, fantasy, mystery, suspense and vile creatures that tend to increase the intensity of the plot even further. Apart from Minna Sundberg's creative imagination in weaving timelines and events seamlessly together, her art is exceptional. Her ability to convey emotions and incorporate intricate This post apocalyptic story focuses on a band of friends who team up to discover the silent world 90 years after our world ends. It has this intriguing, brilliant mix mash of elements from Nordic mythology, fantasy, mystery, suspense and vile creatures that tend to increase the intensity of the plot even further. Apart from Minna Sundberg's creative imagination in weaving timelines and events seamlessly together, her art is exceptional. Her ability to convey emotions and incorporate intricate details in her flawless panels (usually gorgeous maps and kittens) stun me because it's just so beautiful to look at. The way her colour schemes subtly change (from red to orange -blue-purple-blue-green) along with the story signifying the passage of time just makes her characters and surroundings even more visually astounding. All of the characters have distinct personalities and their vividness is expressed through their expressions and eyes. From the quite, somewhat cutesy naive Lalli, to bashful, lively Tuuri, brawny Mikkel & somewhat vain Sigrun and Emil. Their roles are all different yet vitally important towards their mission. Thus, the story contains information about the magical madges, cleansers, skalds, scouts etc.. Oh, and the featured cats.. This webcomic is simply fantastic from all aspects since it doesn't focus primarily on one genre.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mitticus

    3.7 nordic felines stars "The First Rule for survival outside of the safe areas: If you come across a Beast, a Troll or a Giant, do not run or call for help but stand still and stay silent. It might go away." —Stand Still, Stay Silent Where the Nordic Countries will be probably contain the last of human population after the apocalypse or After the Rash plague. This webcomic works the plot in a very, very, slow pace since 2013, but the drawings frequently are in meticulous detail, and really beau 3.7 nordic felines stars "The First Rule for survival outside of the safe areas: If you come across a Beast, a Troll or a Giant, do not run or call for help but stand still and stay silent. It might go away." —Stand Still, Stay Silent Where the Nordic Countries will be probably contain the last of human population after the apocalypse or After the Rash plague. This webcomic works the plot in a very, very, slow pace since 2013, but the drawings frequently are in meticulous detail, and really beautiful. Specially the landscape, and the dream world. I have still many questions because we jump from the rash illness to 90 years later, when after the isolation politics learn that the population is about 249,500. The rest is the Silent World. Then, some mmm entrepreneurs cough academics plan to send some cough researchers to the Silent World to explore and take notes (aka to find treasures: BOOKS -for profit, of course). With a low budget and poor planning , a group of rag-tag adventurers from different natinalities is assembled and send to the unknow. There are action, bad things, and silly humor. About the so called trolls et al, are more a sort of mutants/zombies something of the infected mammals , If magic is involved in that still don't know, because the group or survivers use very little technology (except for the army), and education is almost non existent but for the mention of some pre-natal immunization program. Well, no supernatural except for the Mages, more kind of shamanic, sensitives to monsters and do invocations. Lalli, the cat-like character, is a favorite. The Good: Excelent Art. Really entertaining serie. No issues with a woman leading the expedition (though she is very gryffindor-ish not vey wise). The not-so-good: I got some problems to discern male and female characters, androginous are us maybe. Supe de esta serie por una de esas recomendaciones de GR (who knew!) Denle una oportunidad, los personajes tienen todos su propia personalidad bastante humana .... bueno excepto por Lally.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tamma

    I'm reading this as an ongoing webcomic at http://www.sssscomic.com/comic.php - I am addicted. The comments section is also an amazing exception to the internet's general don't read the comments rule. People have good conversations there. The characters are super cute and/or badass, the art is beautiful, the worldbuilding is rooted in Nordic/Finnish folklore/mythology. (I'm into reading outside of the Western-European yawnsies these days.) The characters are from different geographic areas and spe I'm reading this as an ongoing webcomic at http://www.sssscomic.com/comic.php - I am addicted. The comments section is also an amazing exception to the internet's general don't read the comments rule. People have good conversations there. The characters are super cute and/or badass, the art is beautiful, the worldbuilding is rooted in Nordic/Finnish folklore/mythology. (I'm into reading outside of the Western-European yawnsies these days.) The characters are from different geographic areas and speak different languages; language barriers are an important thing in the story. ("OH NO, CRISIS!" says one person. "He has a question," says a bad translator. "Tell him to shut up!" says the leader. INCOMING CRISIS!!!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    OH HEY THIS IS ON GOODREADS!!!! So this is the first volume (and the only one in print form thus far) of my FAVORITE webcomic. (Which is a big deal, because I read a lot of webcomics). Anyway, if you like stories in post-apocalyptic settings, Scandinavian languages, creepy/sad monsters, and lovable ragtag protagonists who have no idea what they're doing...you should be reading this right now. (Print copies aren't available right now, but you can buy it as an e-book or just read the whole story on OH HEY THIS IS ON GOODREADS!!!! So this is the first volume (and the only one in print form thus far) of my FAVORITE webcomic. (Which is a big deal, because I read a lot of webcomics). Anyway, if you like stories in post-apocalyptic settings, Scandinavian languages, creepy/sad monsters, and lovable ragtag protagonists who have no idea what they're doing...you should be reading this right now. (Print copies aren't available right now, but you can buy it as an e-book or just read the whole story online at sssscomic.com) If that hasn't convinced you...there are also cats? And oh, yeah, the most beautiful art I've ever seen in a graphic novel. Trust me, it's worth reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh

    It's a good feeling when random google search leads to you discovering something amazing nugget. This webcomic was an accidental find and a wonderful read. The comic has many things that I really liked and enjoyed. Listing a few positive aspects below 1) It's not set in USA- This is a great thing to find since most post apocalyptic settings are in the US and we hardly get to see how other cultures would change and adapt 2) Setting. - The post apocalyptic setting in the Nordic area sounds like a bri It's a good feeling when random google search leads to you discovering something amazing nugget. This webcomic was an accidental find and a wonderful read. The comic has many things that I really liked and enjoyed. Listing a few positive aspects below 1) It's not set in USA- This is a great thing to find since most post apocalyptic settings are in the US and we hardly get to see how other cultures would change and adapt 2) Setting. - The post apocalyptic setting in the Nordic area sounds like a brilliant idea which has been executed well 3) Use of language- There are 5 languages in the known world now and the protagonists don't all speak a common language. This has been amazingly imagined and wonderfully blended into the story, making it one of the most interesting things about the series 4) Artwork and Panels- The post apocalyptic world has been drawn so beautifully that it's just fascinating to see panels even if there is no dialogue. And then there is the creative usage of dialogues boxes to indicate different languages being spoken, who's talking over whom and many more small things that really bring the panel to life 5) Worldbuilding- This is quite fascinating so far although not much has been revealed yet 6) Magic- There is magic in the series, although the story does not rely too heavily on it. But it's still very interesting and adds a certain character into the story, allowing it to hover seamlessly between Sci Fi and Fantasy Highly recommended for all comic book fans

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Extremely slow plot-wise, but I find myself not minding because of the gorgeous art and interesting Nordic world building.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Amazing webcomic with an unique setting and great atmosphere. Beautiful artwork and it has MAPS.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    I found this webcomic by chance (via Pinterest tags) - and it absolutely did not disappoint. RTC

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julia Benassi

    And that we should keep to ourselves and leave the world be. Because if we do, perhaps we will be spared. Then maybe one day all will be well again. Y también otra quote hermosa: If you come across a Beast, a Troll or a Giant do not run or call for help but stand still and stay silent. It might go away. May I present you... MY NEW OBSESION! No, en serio, creo que me obsesioné con este webcomic. Tanto que no quiero seguir leyendo por miedo a que se me termine. Stan Still, Stay Silent es un we And that we should keep to ourselves and leave the world be. Because if we do, perhaps we will be spared. Then maybe one day all will be well again. Y también otra quote hermosa: If you come across a Beast, a Troll or a Giant do not run or call for help but stand still and stay silent. It might go away. May I present you... MY NEW OBSESION! No, en serio, creo que me obsesioné con este webcomic. Tanto que no quiero seguir leyendo por miedo a que se me termine. Stan Still, Stay Silent es un webcomic/novela gráfica que transcurre 90 años después del fin del mundo. Solo algunos países del noroeste de Europa siguen subsistiendo, y el resto del mundo se convirtió en un territorio inexplorado y peligroso. En medio de todo esto, un grupo de personas decide hacer una expedición a este mundo desconocido, y por eso reúne a un grupo que va desde jóvenes hasta adultos para que lo exploren. And here it begins. . Si bien los primeros 5 capítulos que recopila el Libro 1 no hacen más que presentarnos a los personajes, a la aventura que se aproxima y al mundo, nunca me sentí tan sumergida en una historia gráfica. Con SSSS me doy cuenta de la magia que se puede hacer con los dibujos y las viñetas, y decir que me enamoré del estilo y la escritura de Minna es poco. Me fascinó, así de simple. No había un solo momento en el que no quisiera seguir leyendo, basically. (Y estoy dejando de lado el prólogo que MY GOD. Just that.) Si les gustan las novelas gráficas y necesitan salirse un poco de lo light que son las graphic novels YA contemporáneas, les súper recomiendo Stand Still, Stay Silent. No solo van a encontrar una historia TREMENDA, un world-building que te saca el aliento y un arte hermosos, sino que también van a descubrir una muy buena trama, compleja y por sobre todo original, con un elenco de personajes que se hacen querer en nada. Posta pienso que SSSS es ÚNICO y todos deberían leerlo. Nada, amo todo y amo que se veneren a los gatos y que haya páginas dedicadas a darle información al lector, porque de otra forma esa información no podría ser transmitida (y hace que todo sea más dinámico). Also, amo a Lalli. That's a fact and the most important one. He is my tiny puppy must protect.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    This is such a gorgeous comic, with a lovely story line. It's available online, but the print edition is also wonderful - a delightfully solid hardback with good quality paper worthy of the art. I'm considering sleeping cuddled up with it tonight... This is such a gorgeous comic, with a lovely story line. It's available online, but the print edition is also wonderful - a delightfully solid hardback with good quality paper worthy of the art. I'm considering sleeping cuddled up with it tonight...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    A tense, mellow, hilarious, sad, heartwarming, heartwrenching, bowel-loosingly terrifying post-apocalyptic adventure story. It captures every human emotion, in a cast of likeable and relatable characters that you'll want to see through to the end. A tense, mellow, hilarious, sad, heartwarming, heartwrenching, bowel-loosingly terrifying post-apocalyptic adventure story. It captures every human emotion, in a cast of likeable and relatable characters that you'll want to see through to the end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tym

    Amazing art, cool world and fun characters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Beutiful artwork. I neeed this as a book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sydney S

    This is a Nordic book that takes place in places like Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway. The art is beautiful, some of the best I’ve seen in a comic, and the color scheme stays consistent. That really adds to the beauty. The story idea is great too, but it just didn’t get there fast enough for me. Very slow. I lost interest a few times and put it aside to read other things. The prologue is extremely long, and all of the characters we meet during that time are not in the rest of the s This is a Nordic book that takes place in places like Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway. The art is beautiful, some of the best I’ve seen in a comic, and the color scheme stays consistent. That really adds to the beauty. The story idea is great too, but it just didn’t get there fast enough for me. Very slow. I lost interest a few times and put it aside to read other things. The prologue is extremely long, and all of the characters we meet during that time are not in the rest of the story at all. Because, well, they’re dead. The real story is 90 years after the prologue. I get that a story like this needs some background information and build up to the “90 years after the world ends” bit, because we have to see why the world ends. But it was mostly filler panels that didn’t serve as background info. It could’ve been shortened to a dozen pages and I would've gotten the gist of it. But that’s OK! It gets so much better after the prologue, so I'm only taking away one star for that. (Really, I'd give this 4.5 if Goodreads would update their rating system for half stars). I especially love that there’s a Cast page, detailing everything you need to know about the characters. Here’s a little taste of that cast page, showing two of the team members. And there are maps! A lot of them! Which is pretty much the best thing about this comic. The maps are incredible. I love any story that includes maps, and this one does it right. There’s also a page for nationalities, a page for mages, pages for rules, Nordic languages and Old-World Language Families (SO AWESOME), and pages for the blessed felines (cats are special in this post-apocalyptic world). Here’s the first cat page. (There are also pages for Cleansers, Beasts, Trolls, Giants, etc., but I’ll leave those out since they’re kind of spoilers). The way the comic is written and setup is just beautiful. The creator makes it very easy to follow along. If we’re seeing a longshot panel of landscape or the scene zoomed-out, we have speech bubbles with little sketches of the character’s face, whoever is speaking. And speech bubbles have a little nationality flag next to them to let you know when someone is speaking in a different language, or when someone is translating. It’s all so helpful and so well done. The color scheme is also beautiful. Mostly oranges/pinks and blacks/purpleish blues. It’s consistent and really works with this comic. I found it a little difficult to tell the characters apart for the first 100 or so pages… but eventually I was able to differentiate. I guess that would be my main complaint (after the slow prologue). And around chapter four everything just falls into place and things start getting awesome. Everything is easier and works. (view spoiler)[And books are super valuable! That makes for a great side plot. (hide spoiler)] Overall, it’s funny, relatable, beautiful, interesting, and exciting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    I am constantly amazed at just how amazing webcomics can be. Stand Still, Stay Silent is about a dystopian future centered on the Nordic countries. There's weird magic and language barriers and beautiful landscapes. Also, terrifying ghost/zombie things that can eat you! Both gorgeously told and expertly illustrated, Sundberg should have publishers banging down her door. Unfortunately, it's a bit hard to track down this book as it is a Hiveworks publication, but I would very much recommend given I am constantly amazed at just how amazing webcomics can be. Stand Still, Stay Silent is about a dystopian future centered on the Nordic countries. There's weird magic and language barriers and beautiful landscapes. Also, terrifying ghost/zombie things that can eat you! Both gorgeously told and expertly illustrated, Sundberg should have publishers banging down her door. Unfortunately, it's a bit hard to track down this book as it is a Hiveworks publication, but I would very much recommend given the excellent production values!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Reread almost as soon as I got in print. Such an exciting setting and winning blend of humor, friendship, and horror.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meira (readingbooksinisrael)

    3.5 It is so pretty. If it were for the artwork alone I would give it 5 stars. (Book One is Chapter 1-5 if you're reading the .) 3.5 It is so pretty. If it were for the artwork alone I would give it 5 stars. (Book One is Chapter 1-5 if you're reading the .)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Delightful characters. Interesting story. Wonderful illustrations. Very slow to start. The prelude isn't necessary to read, as the main story jumps 90 years in the future. An easy gradual read. Never felt the need to binge, just read a few pages a day or week. Delightful characters. Interesting story. Wonderful illustrations. Very slow to start. The prelude isn't necessary to read, as the main story jumps 90 years in the future. An easy gradual read. Never felt the need to binge, just read a few pages a day or week.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emmie

    5* for the artwork 5* for the characters 4* for the plot I really liked this but it took awhile to actually get into the plot. the first 60 pages or so where confusing and (in my opinion) unnecessary. It was world building in a world very similar to ours. I would have rather seen those pages devoted to building the world after the sickness. Still it was overall a great comic and I want to read the second book right now!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I don't remember when exactly I discovered Stand Still, Stay Silent, but I do remember that I stayed up until three a.m. reading all that pages done up to that point. SSSS is almost unique among post-apocalyptic fiction I've encountered in being fundamentally light-hearted while still acknowledging the grimness of the situation. Ninety years ago, a disease killed millions (possibly billions) and changed a fraction of the survivors into mutated monsters. The Nordic countries and Finland are the se I don't remember when exactly I discovered Stand Still, Stay Silent, but I do remember that I stayed up until three a.m. reading all that pages done up to that point. SSSS is almost unique among post-apocalyptic fiction I've encountered in being fundamentally light-hearted while still acknowledging the grimness of the situation. Ninety years ago, a disease killed millions (possibly billions) and changed a fraction of the survivors into mutated monsters. The Nordic countries and Finland are the setting of the comic and, as far as they know, the only places where humanity survives, though barely--populations of millions have been reduced to tens of thousands. That's the background, but the plot is about a ragtag band of misfits sent on a suicide mission into the Silent World to recover any evidence of research into a cure for the rash sickness while also illegally looting old books to make a profit for their employers. They can't even all talk to each other. The scout only speaks Finnish and needs a translator to talk to anyone. At least the Swede and the Dane can communicate if they speak slowly. The interactions between the characters is the highlight. Emil's former-rich-boy hauteur, Lalli's surliness, Tuuri's cheerful disposition, Mikkel's deadpan humor, all of it mixes together wonderfully and really made me care about what happened to them. Despite the horrible danger of their situation and the very real threat of the trolls and giants, the comic keeps a light tone except for a few moments of danger. The worldbuilding is great too. There are occasional pages dedicated just to exploring the world, like the map of the "known world" that shows the vast majority of Scandinavia as uninhabited except for monsters and gives the total known population as ~250,000, or the page explaining the difference between Icelandic and Finnish mages. It takes some time before any actual trolls or giants appear on screen, at which point it becomes obvious that the names bear little relation to the creatures they are applied to, and for most of the period covered by this book there was a lively reader debate over whether the mages were just mysticism arising in the collapse of civilization or whether the apocalypse had brought back the return of magic. I'm not sure if this is my favorite webcomic, but it's certainly one of my favorite, and I'm glad that I could support it in some small way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Cottrell

    I've been reading this comic since the very beginning- I read the prologue as it was uploaded, I was one of the first to meet the characters, and I was one of the lucky few who contributed to the campaign to print SSSS. There's really only one thing I have to say you can't see for yourself- it's better the second time around. (You didn't think I would end there, would you?) Yes, you can see it for yourself, but I'm going to tell you how amazing SSSS is here anyway. Stand still stay silent is a g I've been reading this comic since the very beginning- I read the prologue as it was uploaded, I was one of the first to meet the characters, and I was one of the lucky few who contributed to the campaign to print SSSS. There's really only one thing I have to say you can't see for yourself- it's better the second time around. (You didn't think I would end there, would you?) Yes, you can see it for yourself, but I'm going to tell you how amazing SSSS is here anyway. Stand still stay silent is a graphic novel that explores an amazing and fully-fleshed world: one in which the apocalypse isn't met with lone heroes. Instead, it is met with a matter-of-fact "keep calm and carry on" mentality. Even though the world has been met with an incurable rash disease that mutates familiar faces into horrific, violent, lovecraftian amalgamations of humanity, the governments don't panic. They quarantine instead. After the prologue reveals all of that to you, we skip forward ninety years to when the initial outbreak is over. The monsters- called trolls- are still out there, but the inhabitants of the uninfected world have lost some of their terror. They know how to kill the trolls, they know how to reclaim land; and as we meet our first characters, the nordic council has just approved a request to send a research team into the infected lands. After that... well, that's where I'll leave you! You have to have SOME mysteries left to discover. Now, detractors say that SSSS moves too slowly, and that it is difficult to tell characters apart, but I have never encountered either of these problems. Unfortunately, I am not a reliable source because a) I've been reading SSSS since it was born, and b) I have mutant powers that let me read really quickly. No, that's not an exaggeration. Stories that seem slow to others seem totally regular to me. Sorry about that! Score: 26/30 Plot: 3/5 (The plot hasn't gone very far in the first book alone, which is the reason for this rating, but you can read the full thing online) Characters: 5/5 Language: 3/5 (Author is a second-language english speaker, and also SSSS is a graphic novel, SO) Setting: 5/5 Pretty-ness: 5/5 Formatting: 5/5 Lots of people have said it already, but this book is SO NICELY MADE. A++. 26/30 --> 4.3 stars, which rounds down : P

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Okay, I've had this book for a while already... Was it this fall that the physical copies had been sent out? Anyway, I haven't had time to read it before because I didn't want to carry that book all around with me by fear of damaging it. That's the thing, this book is of such great quality (same thing as A Redtail's Dream which I also have and loved), it's a real treasure. So yeah, I've waited for so long to read this because 1) like I said, I didn't have time and 2) I much prefer to read in pap Okay, I've had this book for a while already... Was it this fall that the physical copies had been sent out? Anyway, I haven't had time to read it before because I didn't want to carry that book all around with me by fear of damaging it. That's the thing, this book is of such great quality (same thing as A Redtail's Dream which I also have and loved), it's a real treasure. So yeah, I've waited for so long to read this because 1) like I said, I didn't have time and 2) I much prefer to read in paper-book format which is why I didn't read the webcomic as soon as I finished ARTD. That being said, I absolutely loved it. First, as I said for ARTD, Minna Sundberg's art is both incredibly cute and really pretty. I'm very fond of the colors in particular, the base colors change for each chapter (or part of the journey to be more precise) gives each new place a new atmosphere as you progress into the story. Speaking of which, the story might seem to progress slowly, but I think you appreciate the artwork much more this way. You have time to appreciate the details and immerse yourself into SSSS's world. It also gives space to develop the characters which is particularly interesting as each member of the team is quite peculiar in its own way which makes for priceless interactions between them all (Emil and Sigrun are hilarious and Lalli is so cute~ haha). Making each of them come from a different country, not speaking the same language and therefore not necessarily understanding each other was a huge challenge, but one that I believe Minna handled quite skillfully. And now I kinda both want to hop on the wagon, keep reading the webcomic now as it keeps being updated online, but also wait for the next physical book to be out (which could mean waiting for a very long time I guess).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monika Cacev

    It's pretty entertaining that I happened to be reading Stand Still, Stay Silent right around the same time I was reading Hinterkind, because these 2 stories are so similar. But, I already reviewed the first volume of Hinterkind, so let's talk about this series. Stand Still, Stay Silent is a web comic series that is as far as I know still ongoing. This is a collected edition of Book 1, published in hardcover, but I read it on the website. Stand Still, Stay Silent is a complicated story to explain It's pretty entertaining that I happened to be reading Stand Still, Stay Silent right around the same time I was reading Hinterkind, because these 2 stories are so similar. But, I already reviewed the first volume of Hinterkind, so let's talk about this series. Stand Still, Stay Silent is a web comic series that is as far as I know still ongoing. This is a collected edition of Book 1, published in hardcover, but I read it on the website. Stand Still, Stay Silent is a complicated story to explain but I'll do my best. A virus strikes Europe, and to combat it, most of the Scandinavian countries close their borders (specifically Iceland blocks all incoming and outgoing traffic from the island). 90 years later, a ragtag team of 5 explorers ventures into Denmark, pass the quarantine zone and into the unexplored space that has been run-over by monsters and nature. The series starts well before any of this happens, with a countdown, first by days and then by weeks, months and years of the virus spreading. It follows a plethora of characters from all over Scandinavia, focusing mostly on Iceland. This first part was interesting, as we get to see how ordinary people deal with the spread of an unknown virus; some don't take it seriously, others are annoyed, some are terrified and some are all to prepared for the possibility of the world ending. I found the numerous characters pleasant, but I didn't really connect to any of them, because they were all blonde white Nords, who got a few pages of screen-time and were essentially there as mouthpieces to explain how the world ended. The story really picks up after 90 years, with the formation of the team. Its pretty clear from the start that the group is poor, ill-prepares and somewhat dishonest in their intentions for 'exploring' No-Man's-Land. This lends a lot of tension to the proceedings, because we know the characters may not be prepared for what is expecting them, and it helps that readers don't know what is expecting them either. We read about the monsters well before we see one, so the first time it happens the scene is extremely tense and well drawn. This leads me to a slight issue I'm having with this story, and that is it's tone. It's mostly light, with lots of jokes and characters underselling their reactions. This is a world that is barely surviving, most of mankind has been erased and yet they keep living their lives. That's a dark gruesome sentiment, but the comic never really acknowledges it. There are scenes that are downright horrifying, like Sigrun stumbling onto the death-room, or the Icelandic military destroying a civilian vessel full of children for getting to close to their shore. Yet in the next moment we are back to joking around about bruises giving you skin cancer and eating sardines. Additionally, it takes a really, really long time before anything really happens in the series. Don't get me wrong, this comic is gorgeous, with amazing, stunning artwork that is dripping in detail and atmosphere. The landscapes are beautiful the designs of the monsters and horrifying and creative, and each panel is full of little touches, like the heads of speakers appearing in world balloons when characters who are talking aren't on screen, or a flag denoting what language they are speaking in. However, we spend the first 70 pages with characters that are irrelevant, and we only really get to Denmark around 100 pages in. By the time we actually really experience the world, I was tempted to give up; we get pages upon pages devoted to world-building, geography, languages, but no real reason to care other than the curiosity of it. Despite this, things like the existence of magic and mages are not explained? The monsters are called giants and trolls, but they are still clearly just animals who are infected with the virus and mutated into Thing from Another World lookalikes. But the existence of people with superpowers blessed by Freya? Never addressed. I'm tempted to say that the story may have flowed better page by page, but I was marathoning this in two goes, and I had a lot of trouble keeping up with the characters and plot, despite nothing really happening. Let's quickly go over the characters. The main five are: Tuuri and Lalli, two Finnish cousins, one of whom is a mechanic and the other one a mage and a scout; Emil a Swedish boy who is a soldier and explosives expert; Sigrun, a Norwegian woman who is another soldier and Mikkel a Danish healer and soldier. I liked all of them and they are decently distinct from each-other. Tuuri is smart, young and very curious, speaks and reads all the Scandinavian languages including Danish, and gets easily excited. Mikkel is the grumpy deadpan 'dad' of the group, Sigrun is also overly excited and the defecto leader who is the most experienced in fighting the monsters. The two I liked the most, and cared the most about were Lalli and Emil. Emil is the one with the clearest character arc, since he starts off spoiled and cowardly, but also cares deeply about the others and gets drawn to Lalli, who is quiet, weird and a loner. Lalli for his parts speaks little, goes off alone, has strange dreams and is the least in touch with technology or other parts of the world. The two make and interesting pair, I'm looking forward to seeing how they get developed. The world, as I said is amazing and truly well thought out and presented. We get a lot of additional pages explaining the different languages, religions, customs, as well as some of the history of the past 90 years. There is a lot of culture clash which was fun to play with; the different nationalities had different customs and quirks which had only become more pronounced in the 90 years of isolation they had lived through. I especially appreciated the language barrier; the reason Lalli speaks so little is because he only speaks Finnish, while the others don't, apart from Tuuri. There were things missing, like the mage thing, and at times it did feel like I was sitting in a history class on Scandinavia, rather than a story, but that honestly became less and less of a problem the more into the story I got. I will continue reading books 2 and 3 of this series because I'm curious to see this world again, if nothing then for the gorgeous art. The story has potential and if there is something I'm hoping for it's more characters and less world-building (or a better integration of the two). Other than that, it's worth checking this series out, for sure, especially if you like fantasy that is set in our world.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zaz

    It's my second webcomic and I've to say that the level is very high. The art was really beautiful (ah these landscapes) and the characters' feelings were well displayed. It wasn't easy all the time to recognize who was who as the faces were often similar, but the hairs helped a lot. About the story, well, it's dystopian and the setting was nordic (Sweden, Norway, Iceland, etc), which were already two awesome qualities (and a nice change for the nordic theme!). I liked all the mythology and the ca It's my second webcomic and I've to say that the level is very high. The art was really beautiful (ah these landscapes) and the characters' feelings were well displayed. It wasn't easy all the time to recognize who was who as the faces were often similar, but the hairs helped a lot. About the story, well, it's dystopian and the setting was nordic (Sweden, Norway, Iceland, etc), which were already two awesome qualities (and a nice change for the nordic theme!). I liked all the mythology and the cats. The travel to discover lost books was interesting enough, even more because of the creepy creatures lurking in the dark. I'm also very curious about all the forest mage thing. Lalli was definitely my favorite character, I liked his nonplused personality, his eyes and his journeys in the beautiful liquid dreamy world. The others had all different personalities, which was very welcome, adding more interest to what was happening. It's not perfect, it was a little too much crowded sometimes, I'd difficulties to follow other times, but the last parts were easier to understand and it became easier to care about the characters. The art was candy for the eyes, with a good use of boxes and full sceneries on one page. I'll continue to read the story with pleasure and anticipation.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Ever since my friend Ellie introduced me to this webcomicyears and years ago, I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for a bound version, because reading this on the web one page every few days is not my favorite way to dive into this vivid world and really be absorbed. For some reason, and perhaps not as coincidentally as I first thought given the initial premise of this story, I looked up the webcomic again when COVID-19 was ramping up and HERE. IT. IS. (Well, the first two volumes of many Ever since my friend Ellie introduced me to this webcomicyears and years ago, I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for a bound version, because reading this on the web one page every few days is not my favorite way to dive into this vivid world and really be absorbed. For some reason, and perhaps not as coincidentally as I first thought given the initial premise of this story, I looked up the webcomic again when COVID-19 was ramping up and HERE. IT. IS. (Well, the first two volumes of many more to come, anyway.) But I pressed the order button immediately and now they are here and I have read them and they are everything I remember loving and more. You can read almost all the content in the bound version online, except for a cut scene and some bonus content in the back. I will also mention that the bound version has an extremely satisfying heft and a particularly gorgeous cover design so that I am 100% guaranteed to purchase all the rest of them so that I can line of the spines and complete the intended display.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marti Dolata

    Superb. Slow starting but totally worth it. I am a total fan and I have been following this web comic every day for years. What I particularly love, in addition to the wonderful world building , non-USA centric point of view and fantastic art, is that you can never predict where the story is going. Minna Sundberg has a wide writing/art range from cute cute humor to body horror second to none. Her heart, compassion and a sort of macabre wit shine through which is a very unusual combination. If yo Superb. Slow starting but totally worth it. I am a total fan and I have been following this web comic every day for years. What I particularly love, in addition to the wonderful world building , non-USA centric point of view and fantastic art, is that you can never predict where the story is going. Minna Sundberg has a wide writing/art range from cute cute humor to body horror second to none. Her heart, compassion and a sort of macabre wit shine through which is a very unusual combination. If you know anyone who likes Graphic novels, the best Xmas gift you could give them is the first volume of this series. My highest recommendation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Found this through an NPR blog and read Book 1 plus as much of Book 2 as has been written. I love graphic novels, I love apocalyptic sic fi, I love fantasy, I love cats: this has it all. In addition, the characters are real rather than super heroes and there is an interesting blend of the author’s vision and traditional Scandinavian folklore. I highly recommend this and am only sad that after gorging on almost two years of work in a couple of days, I now have to wait for the release of a few page Found this through an NPR blog and read Book 1 plus as much of Book 2 as has been written. I love graphic novels, I love apocalyptic sic fi, I love fantasy, I love cats: this has it all. In addition, the characters are real rather than super heroes and there is an interesting blend of the author’s vision and traditional Scandinavian folklore. I highly recommend this and am only sad that after gorging on almost two years of work in a couple of days, I now have to wait for the release of a few pages per week.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mikhail

    An absolutely marvelous work, creative, beautiful, and with some of the best characterization I've seen in either comic or book. An absolutely marvelous work, creative, beautiful, and with some of the best characterization I've seen in either comic or book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Carpenter

    good yes good so good

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