Konungar: War of Crowns #1
Writer: Sylvain Runberg
Game of Thrones meets Warcraft in a gorgeously rendered epic fantasy from the writer of Titan’s Millennium saga – Sylvain Runberg!
In the Viking kingdom of Alstavik, civil war rages! Royal brothers Rildrig and Sigvald each claim succession to the throne, but with their people divided, the land is ripe for a Centaur invasion…
Will the warring sons join forces to face the ancient foe of the Vikings, or does Alstavik face certain doom?
Sorry but before we get into these book, this feels like another missed opportunity for better trade dress or marketing on this book.
First off this is an imprint of Titan Comics, called Statix Press. What that mean I don’t know. I had to go searching through the internet to figure that out –
“Titan Comics will launch Statix Press, a new imprint that will publish the best comics and graphic novels in English Translation from Europe and around the world.
The list will offer a variety of artists and genres from classic works in a variety of genres including horror, mysteries, post-apocalyptic science fiction and more.”
Which would explain why this book is written by Sylvain Runberg, but as far as their press explains, he is the person who happened to adapt the Millennium saga into comics for Titan.
Again, if you do a little research you find out this –
“Sylvain Runberg, born in 1971, divides his time between Stockholm, Provence, and Paris. He has a diploma in Plastic Arts and an MA in Political History. Before he started writing, Runberg worked for publishing house Humanoides Associés, as the editor for Moebius & Enki Bilal, among others. His first book was launched in 2004 and since then Sylvain Runberg has had more than 50 books published by the largest French publishers (Glénat, Le Lombard, Dupuis, Dargaud, Casterman, Soleil, Futuropolis) and is now translated into 15 languages, having sold in total over 1 million copies worldwide. Very quickly recognized as one of the most talented writers of his generation, Sylvain Runberg is characterized by the variety of the worlds that he creates: space opera (Orbital, Warship Jolly Roger), speculative fiction (Drones [Le Lombard/Europe Comics]), psychological thrillers (Cases Blanches, Face Cachée, of which the first volume was awarded the Silver Prize of the 4th International Manga Awards in Tokyo), horror (Sonar), historical”
Obviously, you can’t fit that all on a cover, inside cover, or in an ad blurb, but a little mention of bestselling world-famous author would appeal more to the potential reader.
My final complaint on how the publisher handled this was that it seems like they jumped into the middle of the story to start the release to America. Maybe the American editors, knowing the full story, figured this was a better starting point, but I always trust the writer to know where the story best starts. In this case, with the big Who’s Who Character guide, you know you are starting in the middle somewhere.
My best guess on why they choose this part of the story to start with is that there is a lot of flash backs that explain the backstory. I guess that is a more of a Western thought that we need an origin story to start with. Personally with seeing that in superhero comics so much, I have a bit of fatigue toward the first issue origin story.
The art in this book is amazing. Most European comics don’t have a monthly release schedule so they can take more time and care to make such beautiful work. The art is just stunning.
The writing is pretty good as well. The story is a Viking Fantasy story so there is plenty of magic and monsters to go with the fighting and the political intrigue.
I give this book a solid 4 out of 5
I give the publisher a 2 out of 5 on the disservice they did in properly promoting this book.
If you want to learn more about this book go to – https://titan-comics.com/c/1267-konungar-war-of-crowns/
Disclaimer: Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.