Helheim #1 Review

by Christine Caprilozzi

“Helheim” #1 Review by Christine Caprilozzi

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Joelle Jones
Publisher: ONI
Release Date: March 6, 2013

Synopsis: ‘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 “Helheim” 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 doesn’t bore the reader with this task. There’s plenty of action that will definitely hold your attention.

Art: Joelle Jones’ 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 “Helheim”

“Helheim” #1 is an action packed issue featuring witches, night creatures and a slew of great battle scenes. If the plotline and stunning art isn’t enough, the ending is the cherry on top of the sundae that will bring horror fans back for more. “Helheim” is worth the read and hits comic shops on March 6th.

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