Mofo takes a look at the newest issue of Northlander's final epic. It's the Icelandic Trilogy!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by BRIAN WOOD • Art by PAUL AZACETA • Cover by MASSIMO CARNEVALE
The decades-spanning crime drama The Icelandic Trilogy continues with part two of nine. Young Ulf Hauksson is growing up into the enforcer his father needs, but at a truly terrible cost. As his father hesitates, Ulf only sees opportunity – and the settler community at large feels the effects.
The countdown to the fiftieth and final issue of Northlanders continues in what is definitely the largest arc of this series (nine issues!). Jumping a few years into the future, this issue opens with Ulf Hauksson (the kid from the last issue) as a young adult. And man, did his character take a turn for worse? (If I say anymore then we would be entering spoiler territory.)
Considering that Ulf was a rather pitiful character in the last issue and now he's someone people would love to hate, it just goes to show how great Brian Wood is at building up the evolution of his characters and stories. You can easily track Ulf's character evolution between the two issues. The problem is that it seems rather apparent where the story is going now and we still have seven issues left until the end of the series! However Wood may still surprise us (and he has a long time to do so, too).
Paul Azaceta's art works rather well with Wood's script. While I feel that it could have done with a bit more photorealism (considering the nature of the story), he does a good job in conveying body language and facial expressions. You won't be confused by the art here, which is quite refreshing for me since I've been reading a lot of manga lately.
Overall this was a good issue. Good enough for me to come back next month for the next installation in this series. And at the end of the day, isn't that what comics are meant to do?
Review by: mofo