After reading Ian Sharpe’s first novel, The All Father Paradox, I became invested in the world he created. The Vikingverse is more than a novel, but a vision of a larger scope of entertainment. Not too long after The All Father Paradox was released in the fall of 2018, we got the announcement of the Vikingverse heading to the graphic novel format to expand the universe he crafted from the novel. The Jötunn War provides us with a new story set inside the Vikingverse where, “the Norse rule the stars with restless fleets and an iron will.” Issue number one was released digitally on May 28, 2019 for Kickstarter backers.
The story begins with gorgeous artwork by Devmalya Pramanik. The first few panels show you the dire situation of The Jötunn War and give you a sense of what is to come in this issue and beyond. If you read The All Father Paradox, you will notice that the writing doesn’t skip a beat giving you that captivating feel of being inside this world. Imagine Vikings and Star Wars colliding in a unique original story! You follow a war-torn man questioning the reason of Odin and death, as he trudges across a bloody battlefield leading him toward what the Norns would consider destiny. However, is destiny and duty one and the same? You witness the beginning of war with the Jötnar as they splash on the page with their massive size and their chilling appearance. The Vikings in this story don’t just fight with swords…
The Vikingverse proves that it can work in novel and comic format. The themes of Norse and sci-fi blend strangely well together creating a great comic book to read and look at. I am very much anticipating the next issue to see where the story goes. Like all great comic books, the first issue leaves you wanting more. Any comic book reader will thoroughly enjoy picking this up and reading it. Whether you like Vikings or not, The Jötunn War was destined to be a fun and extraordinary graphic novel.
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Ian Sharpe was born in London, UK, and now lives in British Columbia, Canada. Having worked for the BBC, IMG, Atari and Electronic Arts, he is now CEO of a tech start up. As a child he discovered his love of books, sci-fi and sagas: devouring the works of Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and George MacDonald Fraser alongside Snorri Sturluson and Sigvat the Skald. He once won a prize at school for Outstanding Progress and chose a dictionary as his reward, secretly wishing it had been an Old Norse phrasebook. The All Father Paradox is his first novel.