Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews. This is where we give advanced glimpses at some of the comics that will be coming out this Wednesday.
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This week’s preview comic is The Viking Queen from Paul Storrie and Kevin Caron, published by Source Point Press. The book was originally a Kickstarter campaign in 2018 and was so successful that they have gone forward with a retail release.
Viking Queen #1
Source Point Press
Written by Paul Storrie
Art by Kevin Caron
Colors by Sean Seal
Letters by Justin Birch
Cover Art by Rod Reis
Dark sorceress Ovaria, Bringer of Chaos, is bringing death and destruction to the kingdom of Svellvollir, but Queen Elgven is ready to defend her kingdom by any means. While she and her loyal war band face the oncoming horde, can she devise a plan to bring her face-to-face with Ovaria herself for a battle to end this war?
This book is a wonderful read. There is a very quick immersion into a mythic Norse setting. Storrie gets the audience bought in and invested immediately in an unfamiliar world. The plot is smart and well planned. For a one-shot book, the creative talent does a fantastic job of telling a complete story and not skimping on details. The dialogue is quick and feels natural.
Caron’s style is somewhat reminiscent of and older time in comics. The scenes in the woods have a feel that evokes the sensations of foreboding and danger that we think he was looking for. The simple background details keep the focus on the characters, which is appropriate. While this book is full of viking battles, the story is absolutely character-centric.
The cover by Rod Reis is amazing and will bring readers who see this great single issue comic on shelves.
In communication with the writer, we have heard that there may be additional content for Viking Queen. So keep your eyes open!!