The first comics THORsday of 2017 is all about Vikings Uprising, the comics based on the show. The comic book takes us to different shores. We meet a defeated Ragnar who returns home. He has nightmares and visions of his Chinese slave. Everybody can see that there’s something very wrong with him, but no one suspects there’s an uprising going on. Slaves in a farm have decided to kill the Viking Gods. Colum, the reluctant leader of the slaves, is searching for freedom. What starts being a plot to escape, ends up being a rebellion.
Meanwhile, Ragnar still dreams about his Chinese slave who gave him medicine. Or rather, drugged him. And now, he must face the demons. He killed her, but he must deal with a lot in a very short time.
Ragnar has problems in Kattegat, not only a slave uprising but people messing around with him. Lagertha and Floki find out that the slaves have burned the temple of the Gods and almost killed them all. As good Vikings, they pledge revenge. They need to stop the uprising before it’s too late.
In this comic book, we can see a different side of the slaves in Viking society. Slaves had little rights. In fact, they could be sacrificed easily to the Gods. They were just property. Slaves used to wear heavy iron neck rings on the way to the market.
Despite all the troubles, there was a slim chance for slaves to be freed by their masters. If they obtained freedom, they became active members of society as seen in the show. But, if they died without an heir, their former master could claim their property. And yes, that was legal.
This is a very bloody comic book. Well, it’s based on a bloody show, so there’s no surprise there. The art is amazing, and you can choose from many different cool covers.
The comics also have some extra information about the historical characters and another type of historical data. That’s cool, since it lets you dive into Viking culture even more. In this regard, this comic book is an excellent way to explore history.
Because of its bloody nature, I don’t recommend this comic book for kids. This is obviously for adults. There’s a lot of violence, and tons of red in its pages.
I’m glad the local comic book store made it happen for me to have my hands on these comics. Although I cannot choose the cover I love, I can enjoy Vikings in a different way. For those who love discovering about history in a variety of ways, this might be the comic for you.
You don’t need to watch the show or be up-to-date at all. If you just want to enjoy the comics, that’s possible too. Obviously, you won’t have all the background. But, you don’t need much since the comics make enough introduction for you to follow the story.
It’s bloody, but the artwork is amazing. A good read for those who love Vikings. Beware, though; it’s very graphic. Keep kids out of it!