Northlanders was always a tricky sell. A historical comic anthology comic with a rotating art team and a writer best known for writing stories in a far more urban milieu it was only because I had a light week that I picked up issue #1 back in 2007. Since then it's been probably my favourite monthly read featuring a flawless list of artists and a great mixture of long and short stories.
Thor's Daughter is one of the single issue tales that Brian Wood has always excelled at and as the last one in the series it seems fitting that it draws on a pair of Wood's go-to themes: Adolescence and a strong sense of place. Birna Thorsdottir has to decide who she is and what place her island home will be for her as it looks like it's all about to fall away from her. The unusual structure ought to make her choice clear from the off, but Marian Churchland manages to sell Birna's doubt and fear well enough to make the buildup to the already known an interesting one. Brina's facial expressions balance the subdued narration and brief plot to keep the story moving along and the final splash captures the danger, the exposure and the beauty of the island setting perfectly.
A great issue of a comic I'll miss dearly, this issue makes an excellent counterpart to the Lindesfarne story from the book's early days and expands on themes already seen in The Plague Widow and The Shield Maidens. In a book with no continuity, the recurring themes have managed to weave a strong thread to tie it together, and while any of the stories will make for excellent re-reads, thanks to issues like Thor's Daughter Northlanders will stand together as a whole very well indeed.