Good afternoon Comical Musings readers. Just wanted to drop a quick hit and say happy birthday to us (two years) and to suggest you take a look at Helheim #1 before it becomes difficult to purchase. I love Vikings. I love the Minnesota ones, Skyrim, The 13th Warrior, Beowulf, and I love Helheim. It was fun and if Vikings are something that you are into, well worth your time. If spoilers are something that you are not into, you should stop reading here.
It’s no surprise that we love Cullen Bunn at Comical Musings. There aren’t many series that I can claim as stone-cold favorites, but The Sixth Gun certainly fits the bill. Wonderfully rich characters with mysterious paths and open-ended futures adventure across a landscape of magic and intrigue set in the Wild West. It truly is a gem with literary weight. You never know what’s going to happen in Sixth Gun and that makes it great.
Helheim seems to follow the model of a Cullen Bunn styled comic book…and that is good. Cullen writes stories with a mystical edge on them and that is, very much, his wheelhouse. It’s no surprise then that there would be a mystical edge to Helheim. Witches, skeletons, dead-eaters…it’s all there. I don’t know if I was expecting as much of it, but I can’t say that I am disappointed. And really, in most GREAT Viking stories, there is always some mystical element. Grendel’s mother is often this element. Cullen flips the whole thing on it’s head when you realize that the female protagonist is in fact a dark artist herself, raising her lover back from the dead to fight for her as an unholy monster. Oh yeah, that’s right, I forgot to tell you that the main character dies in issue one. That’s Cullen Bunn for you…always catches me off guard.
I really like the “Northlanders-esque” dialogue choices as opposed to “Thorspeak,” and the characters’ lines made me feel instantly acquainted with this world, what was commonplace (familial strife) and not so commonplace (dead people’s skeletons shedding skin to battle as warriors). I genuinely enjoyed this comic book. It’s printed on thick, luxurious paper and the colors, although bleak in places because…vikings, really pop. For $3.99 it was a steal and an excellent taste of what’s to come. You should give it a read and tell me what you think in the comments section.
~ Scott Deaux ~