Collected from issues #29-36: When blacksmith Erik liberates Ingrid from her corrupt, Christian missionary captors, they set out to live by the "old ways," hoping to find something they can feel is their own. The Church won't let them go so easily, though, and sets out to bring them back by any means necessary.
With this latest collection of NORTHLANDERS stories, writer Brian Wood shows a remarkable versatility in an overlooked gnre, capturing the epic sweep of history with a uniquely modern approach.
The title story METAL, illustrated by Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ), follows a blacksmith living in medieval Noway who befriends a poor girl fallen in with corrupt Christian missionaries. When the two find themselves banished from their communities, they launch a violent crusade of retribution. Mixing themes from modern-day "Viking" black metal music with a timeless tale of star-crossed lovers, METAL is a frequently supernatural, often brutal story that criss-crosses genre lines.
In THE SEA ROAD, Woof and artist Fiona Staples (DV8, NORTH 40) explore the story of Dag, the first man ever to turn his Viking boat West and sailt to unknown shores, Whether or not Dag was truly a pioneer is beside the point -- the voyage itself is a test of courage and strength greater than anything the crew has ever faced, as strange lands and beasts alike threaten both their bodies and their minds.
THE GIRL IN THE ICE is a sorrowful story of an old Icelandic fisherman who discovers the body of a young girl embedded in the ice of his late. Obsessed with solving the mystery of her death while keeping it a secret from the patrolling Viking warriors, he soon finds himself caught in an impossible situation, accused and tried for a murder he didn't commit.
This fifth volume of Brian Wood's NORTHLANDERS collects the short stories from issues 29-36 of the ongoing series into a single, powerful volume.