Thank Cthulhu, Brides of Helheim hits racks today. I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I read Helheim: The Witch War in March. This is going to make my favorite series of the year list, no question about it.
Did you get the book yet? No? Okay, read on, I’ll convince you.
Six years after The Witch War, two villagers, Sigrid and Brand, trek through the woods dragging a very large bundle behind them. Sigrid’s on a mission, and Brand is just along to try and talk her out of it. Are the stories true? Only one way to find out.
They meet Rikard, who still can’t get into Valhalla, and continues to wander the world as an undead Draugr. Sigrid asks Rikard for his help – a beast savages her village, and she’s brought her father’s body to Rikard as proof. He’s not thrilled about being anyone’s weapon, but ultimately sets out to find the mordvig that is terrorizing Sigrid and Brand’s village.
Rikard is still brutal, but cuts a sympathetic character. He’s a warrior denied Valhalla – what can be worse than that? And it doesn’t seem to be over yet for poor Rikard (hence, the new series, right?) – the witches are back, and you just know they’re going to be using him as their personal weapon once again.
The writing is top-notch – would you expect less from Cullen Bunn? Joelle Jones’ art is nothing short of breathtaking, from Sigrid’s ice blue eyes to Rikard’s weary stance. There are cold, stark landscapes and bloody battles, and there are dank, dark spaces that only witches could love.
I love every single thing about this book. It deserves a place on everybody’s pull list. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be counting days until Issue 2 comes out.
BRIDES OF HELHEIM
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Joelle Jones
Publisher: Oni Press
On Sale: October 1, 2014
Diamond ID: AUG141576