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At the end of the grim and barbaric dark ages, one warrior culture reigns supreme in the wastelands of the frozen North: the Vikings.When Sven of Orkney - now relocated to the sophisticated city of Constantinople - learns of his father's death, he returns to his home in the hope of inheriting a fortune. But what he discovers is treachery; his father murdered by his uncle Gorm, who has stolen Sven's birthright. But is Sven still Viking enough to reclaim what is his by right? And will he be tough enough to face down not only Gorm, but marauding Saxons?The all-new series by Brian Wood ("Demo") and Davide Gianfelice ("Dylan Dog") is a bloody tale of murder, sex and war to bring out everyone's inner Norseman!


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  • Broché: 200 pages
  • Editeur : Vertigo (28 octobre 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1401219187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219185
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,8 x 1,3 x 25,7 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.3 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par moj974 sur 2 juin 2013
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Que dire de plus, si ce n'est que lisez le ! Vous serez agréablement surpris comme je l'étais. Est-ce une histoire, de plus, sur les Vikings qui vous laisse porter par son univers "d'homme valeureux prêt à mourir sur le champ de bataille" ? Non. Ici, Brian Wood ne nous comte pas une histoire qu'on a l'habitude d'entendre ou de regarder à la télé. Il met en avant un aspect plus symbolique : l'homme et sa patrie. Un homme ayant rejeter tout ce qui lui était chère au profit de la fortune et qui petit à petit la "redécouvre". Un homme dont le passé forgea une identité autre que la sienne. Une identité, qui se perd au moment ou il retourne chez lui. C'est un illustrateur que je ne connais pas et qui m'a agréablement surpris dont je vais faire l'éloge. Encore, un dessinateur italien, me dîtes vous, qui collabore avec M. Wood. Mais Davide Gianfelice est un artiste hors paire qui a su admirablement retranscrire les pensées de Brian Wood. Un graphisme qui égale même mon illustrateur préféré, R.M.Guéra. Bref, à lire ou à relire chez vous prêt de votre cheminé ou du radiateur !!!
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Présence TOP 50 COMMENTATEURS sur 30 avril 2011
Format: Broché
Ce tome comprend les épisodes 1 à 8 de la série, initialement parus en 2008. Ils forment une histoire complète et indépendante.

En 980 après JC, un navire en aborde un autre pour le piller, au large du Bosphore. Sven (un viking) apprend d'un passager que son père est mort et que son oncle s'est emparé de ce qui lui revient de droit (le commandement d'un village, quelques terres et un vague butin au montant indéterminé). Après avoir passé le messager au fil de l'épée, il décide de rentrer chez lui, dans l'archipel des Orcades situé au nord de l'Écosse. Cet archipel a été annexé par les vikings en 875. Ces îles bénéficient d'une température moyenne de 8°C variant de 4°C en hiver à 12°C l'été. Tout juste débarqué, il se rend dans le village en question appelé Grimness. Il est passé à tabac par les sbires de son oncle Gorm et jeté comme un malpropre sur la grève, son oncle ne souhaitant pas le tuer. Sven est bien décidé à se venger en mettant à profit ce qu'il a appris des autres cultures durant ses années de voyage, contre ces culs terreux de vikings qui ne sont jamais sortis de leur île. Il croise également le chemin d'une femme étrange qui vit seule et qui manie l'arc avec une adresse quasi surnaturelle.

"Vikings finally done right !" proclame la couverture. Brian Wood (scénariste de tous les tomes de la série) invite le lecteur à plonger dans le monde des vikings en cette fin de premier millénaire.
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Par Amazon Customer sur 5 mai 2014
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Franchement je m'attendais à beaucoup mieux de la part du scénariste de DMZ : où est le scénario? Quel est l'intérêt de l'histoire? Et ces vieux découpages temporels (dans le style tourne la page et on est 6 mois plus tard et ailleurs sans transition aucune...). Franchement j'aime pas du tout. Les dessins n'arrangent rien. Franchement, achevez ce pauvre Viking, et qu'on en parle plus !
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A Visceral Epic... 3 novembre 2008
Par Mike Hunt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The blurb in the back of this book states that Northlanders is "Vikings finally done right!!. I am usually very wary of hype and take most of these "praises" with a grain of salt but after finding myself unable to put this book down I have to agree with that succint reviewer: Northlanders does what many books and graphic novels attempt but never achieve...it brings the past alive and recreates Viking civilization in a way I have never seen depicted in comics before.

The story is about Sven, a kinda of amoral cat who fights for the Byzantine Emperor as part of his elite Varangian Guards. The Varangian Guards were Norsemen specifically recruited by the Greeks due to their legendary ferocity in battle. Sven loves Constantinople...it's a city of wonders, where all shades of skins and religion and culture mingle in the streets. He has turned his back on his cold, snowy homelands and couldn't be happier for it. That is until the day, messengers arrive with the news that his father, a king in the Orkneys, has died and that his uncle has usurped his throne, kingdom, wenches and riches.

Sven could care less about ruling a northern wasteland...he just wants to take his inheritance and come right back to sunny, golden Greece...where the story takes us after that is what really makes his book a rarity: a mature look at war and culture and how enemies deal with each other.

About the art. I'm a picky fan when it comes to art. I want to see beautiful, eye popping things and any other day I would dismiss the art of Northlanders as simplistic. But at closer inspection you see that the art is subtle and efficient. It's filled with details you'll miss until the second reading, the characters all have their own "look" unlike the pin-ups of so many popular artists who draw all their characters with bulging muscles, rage lines and huge breasts. I wouldn't want the art any other way.

I highly recommend "Northlanders". A true graphic novel epic and a blockbuster film just waiting for Hollywood to notice it.
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A Solid Story That Rushes Past Some Of The Best Parts 7 novembre 2008
Par Daniel V. Reilly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Brian Wood's Viking epic NORTHLANDERS tells the story of Sven, an expatriate Viking serving as a Royal Guard in Constantinople, as he returns home to claim his inheritance and birthright, stolen from him by his murderous Uncle Gorm. The massive scope of the book unfolds over eight issues, as Sven comes to grips with the changes his people and their ancestral land have undergone since he fled as a child, and prepares to gather an army to challenge his Uncle. There are places where the pace of the book is maddeningly slow, and others, such as the climactic battle, where we're rushed along, missing potentially important plot points, almost as though Wood realized he was running out of room and had better pick up the pace. (The transition from "Let's get an army together!" to the actual battle is, literally, one page.....We go from one lone man to an army of followers with little buildup or sense of time passing, and it was very jarring....) The art, by Davide Gianfelice, is appropriately gory and grimy, and serves the story quite well. My only major complaint is Wood's use of language that you probably wouldn't have heard a Viking use, such as when Sven doesn't hear Hakkar talking to him, because he "Tuned him out for a moment".....Isn't that a term that plays off of radio and television....? Instances like that, and when Sven says he should "Call this guy on his B-S", took me right out of the story and hurt the overall mood of the book. Small quibbles aside, NORTHLANDERS BOOK ONE: SVEN THE RETURNED is one hell of a beefy book (200 pages!) for under ten bucks, and it was good enough to have me wondering just where Wood could possibly take the series next. I'll be back for Volume Two......
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Hamlet as blood-thirsty modern anti-hero 24 juin 2010
Par cxlxmx - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Unfortunately, I have to agree with Amazon reviewers GilGaMish and graphic_persona: this is a rather poor plot- or concept-driven comic with very little character development. I am not an avid comic reader, but I enjoyed them in my youth and am often wistful when seeing the frequently well-done cover art of modern comics. I'm also partial to things Northern. I found Northlanders by going on a search for Viking comics. I wanted very much for this to be a knock-out piece. But neither the story line, the writing, nor the illustration stood up with the cover art and hype.

As the comic opens, Sven the Varangian Guard of Byzantium ruthlessly kills a messenger sent to inform him that his uncle has usurped his birthright back in the Orkney Islands. This is about par in the sense that violence supercedes sensibility throughout the comic. The protagonist is a worldly, materialistic, atheistic, nihilist who, over the course of the comic, transforms into an isolationist pagan family man. However, there are no real turns in the storyline that explain this transformation. Predictable characters appear (e.g., the girl-left-behind who has grown into a hot blonde bombshell... Ophelia for an age of violence and porn), and everyone changes loyalties and motivations for no apparent reason (except the deus ex machina ending). Ultimately, you can judge characters in literature only by how much they affect you. At the end of the comic, I really didn't care what happened to Sven or the other characters.

The illustration has left me conflicted. It is cartoonish in a way I was not quite expecting, although the landscapes depicted are of a much higher quality than the renderings of people. Perspective, angle, and foreground/background are all used effectively, but equally as often individual panels are laid out awkwardly. People appear in poses that interrupt the eye and that could be avoided by consulting a text on figure drawing.

Although this is supposed to be an "historical" depiction of Scandinavian life circa 1000, anyone who has been to Scandinavia or Scotland will notice that the plot takes place exclusively on overcast days in the dirt. This is supposed to feel "gritty" and "realistic" but is actually just a visual reflection of the nihilism and lack of imagination shown in the plot. Yes, the norsemen lived close to the earth in an extreme climate and harsh social conditions, but they also had summers, celebrations, love, art, and the range of human experience. This comic perpetuates the notion that you are either a young, beautiful, and rich swinger living on the Mediterranean coast, or your life is barely worth living and consists of a series of hardships interspersed with social conflicts.

After being disappointed by this purchase, I read through some reviews of Northlanders on the web. Most liked it, although I did find one review by someone who panned the first series, but quite liked subsequent stories. So, I'll probably try the next two volumes anyhow. I can't recommend this one, though.
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Wonderful! 18 janvier 2009
Par J.A. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Fantastic art and engaging story that increasingly drew me in to the characters, the times, the land, the peoples. I loved the contrasts between the gorgeous scenery and the bloody battles, between a magnificent land and a hard life, between the serving of oneself and the growth towards serving one's people. This is great storytelling, and I'm looking forward to more Northlanders.
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Northlanders - Sven the Returned 19 octobre 2009
Par Mads Pihl Rasmussen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Orkney, A.D 980.
Out of the depths of Europe comes Sven, back from half a lifetime serving as a Varangian Guard in Miklagard, the present day Constantinople. He comes to reclaim his position on Orkney, having abandoned the warrior life to settle and find a future in his homeland.

Sven the Returned is Sven of Grimness' story, the first trade paper back in the ongoing Northlanders series by Brian Wood, and it takes the reader to Orkney in the year A.D. 980 for a beautiful if very violent story of the returning son of the former leader finding himself dethroned by his own kin, now looking for revenge, and in the process piling up a mountain of dead bodies in a society so male dominated that only three women play any role in the story.

Actually, Northlanders installment 01 is one long male rivalry packed with codes of honor, warring and the sense of belonging to a barren land in the Atlantic Ocean, and had this been a novel it might have been written by for instance Preben Mørkbak (the Danish historian and writer whose great books about Erik the Red are about as bloody and male dominated), but being a graphic novel it is the drawings that carry Northlanders.

Now, the male focus should not put anyone off if they enjoy Viking stories, and the violence seems a logical extension of the revenge-theme that drives Sven through 3/4s of the book. That's just the way this story is written. Once you move further through the series you will see that Woods vision of the Northlanders is not a narrow-minded, violence-ridden, male-dominated saga propelled forward by mindless testosteronitis. But leave that for now. Northlanders 01 feeds of Sven's need to avenge the robbery of his past and the loss of his Norseman identity.

Going beyond mere violence and sword fights
There's something about Sven, however, which hints at more than just revenge and riches. Something about his past as a Varangian Guard, one of the Væringjar, for the Byzantine empire is echoing through his actions, and the little that is known about his past in Miklagard, or Constantinople, seems to run as his own slight undertow throughout his story.

And then there's Enna, the Scot girl from the hills on the island, who lives a hermit life in a remote cave on the edge of a cliff. As the story progresses she moves from the fringes of Sven's struggles to a central position in his life, going from rogue warrior fighting on all sides anytime to... well, that's for the reader to see, as the internal strife on the island is challenged by an outside force in the final chapters of the book.

This story is very violent, very bloody, and almost completely devoid of other human emotions than anger and pride for a good deal of the road travelled - but with drawings this amazing, so richly colored and brilliant at capturing Northern skies and landscapes, there's plenty to enjoy while the story progresses to its climax and the entry of a hitherto undisclosed side of Sven's emotional register.

In context
Northlanders - Sven the Returned comprises magazines 1-8 of the ongoing series. It is a graphic novel of 200 pages of which much is told in panels with no speech and just drawings. That adds to the strength of the book, if you ask me. Not because I don't expect the Norsemen to be the silent types, but because I like how a lot of the reactions of the main characters are unvoiced or only briefly spoken, physical ones that become become catalysts for further actions.

Somehow it blends with my idea of body and language and how that synthesis was performed around A.D. 1000. But maybe my romantic image is wrong. Either way it works well in Sven the Returned, creating space for Davide Gianfelice's beautiful artwork.

Northlanders i published by DC Comics' avant-garde label Vertigo, which likes to brandish itself as graphic novels for mature readers. For those interested Vertigo has a decent website which is pretty easy to navigate, but the real gem for Northlanders readers is Brian Woods own blog at northlanders.net, and the many uploaded sketches and the artwork at his flickr page.

Much recommended!
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