“Helheim” #1 Review by Christine Caprilozzi
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Joelle Jones
Release Date: March 6, 2013
Synopsis: â€˜Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape.’ During the age of the Vikings, savage wild men and dark creatures beset a small settlement. A brave war party stands as guardians of the helpless villagers, but they are no match for the horrors rising up around them. One of the warriors, a young hero named Rikard, will pay the ultimate price in battle but his fight is far from over.
Our Thoughts: The first issue of â€œHelheimâ€ really sets the stage for what is about to come. The story opens with a battle between evil fiends trying to destroy a small village and the valiant Viking Rikard leading a small army against them. Fierce battles ensue with dire consequences. These consequences will be what drives the rest of the series from here on out.
Story: The first issue, as stated, sets the scene and gives the back story to what the main crux of this series will be about. Protecting a village from evil, zombie-like creatures may not be brand new,however, while Cullen Bunn does a good job of introducing the characters, he doesnâ€™t bore the reader with this task. Thereâ€™s plenty of action that will definitely hold your attention.
Art: Joelle Jonesâ€™ artwork is fantastic. Not only is the art very detailed, but it sets the perfect tone for this Norse battle for humanity. As stated, Bunn does a great job setting up battle scenes, and Jones complements that by bringing the gore. Horror comic fans will not be disappointed in the blood and guts in â€œHelheimâ€
â€œHelheimâ€ #1 is an action packed issue featuring witches, night creatures and a slew of great battle scenes. If the plotline and stunning art isnâ€™t enough, the ending is the cherry on top of the sundae that will bring horror fans back for more. â€œHelheimâ€ is worth the read and hits comic shops on March 6th.