Synopsis: Two sons at war in a battle for the throne that has torn their country apart. Taking advantage of this conflict, the Centaurs, mortal enemies of the Vikings, have declared war. To combat this ancient foe, the two brothers must put aside their differences for the good of their people.
Review: The best way to describe this story would be to say that it is basically Game Of Thrones on a smaller scale involving Vikings, Centaurs, and Berserkers.
The world building by writer Sylvain Runberg is simply fantastic and doesn’t really lose any of its scale or flare in Ivanka Hahenberger’s English translation. The story focuses on two brothers who have been at war for decades. One the true ruling king Rildrig. The other his older brother Sigvald. When the Centaurs return and threaten to wipe out all. It falls on the younger sister of the feuding brothers to reunify them.
This opening issue explores the events that led up to the two brothers falling out as well as the threat, which will bring them together.
At an epic 53 pages, this first issue goes all out in setting the stage what I can only imagine will be an action-packed second issue. The exploration of Rildrig and Sigvald’s broken relationship is really well fleshed out here and the first issue has a number of flashbacks to events of the past.
The artwork throughout this book is simply amazing. Each character is very strongly drawn and the color wash is fantastic as are the individual colors. Juhzen also draws some pretty damn impressive castles and the one centaur we get to see is really imposing.
Overall. This is a great book that most fantasy fans, as well as those that love Norse mythology, will really enjoy. I can’t wait to see the second issue of this when it comes out. It’s a brilliant book.
Konungar: War of Crowns #1 will hit comic book stores on June 13.