How do you solve a problem like Valhalla? An escaped Valkyrie from Asgard in modern-day New York City, her trusty battleaxe Synstruck at her side, she tears through the city on her motorcycle in search of her lost love, Tannhauser. She isn’t looking for trouble, but when the chick hits the fan, things quickly go from bad to Norse. Mythology like you’ve never seen it before!
Valhalla Cindermane’s attempt to end a hostage situation instead sets in motion a chain of events that put her on a collision course with the alien scientist and powerhouse Perilous and lead her into a hail of police officer’s bullets.
One can’t help but be curious about the idea of an axe wielding hottie riding a motorcycle, who also just happens to be a Valkyrie. I know huh, let that soak in for a second. It’s not quite like anything I’ve ever come across before, but that is a really good thing. New and interesting ideas are always nice to come across, and Valhalla Cindermane is something worth crossing paths with. Unless you’re a bad guy, then you really don’t want to run into her.
The first issue of this creative story divides most of its time on introducing two main characters. We initially of course meet the previously mentioned Valhalla, who is on a reckless quest through New York taking names and kicking ass. We also learn about Perilous, a scientist from another planet, who somehow managed to survive a trip through a black hole before landing here. The manner in which it switches from one story focus to another is a little tough to follow at first, but by the end of the book everything comes full circle and ties together the main characters really well. We also get a small look into one other mysterious character that appears nigh invulnerable, and I’d have to gather is going to be seen more later on as a feature protagonist.
The team that handled the artwork did a really nice job in my opinion. All the pencil work was clear and concise, illustrating static and action scenes equally well. The colors were super vibrant and filled every page beautifully, giving a ton of life to the well drawn out story. One area in particular I have to say really appealed to my visual senses was the back story on Perilous and his home world, but all around everything looked great.
Just out of this first book we’ve already been given quite an intriguing story that leaves us wanting more. Why is Valhalla here? What are Perilous’ intentions? Who’s this possible bad guy? I really like how they’ve started off, and look forward to seeing what happens next. This title is a good one to pick up, especially before they sell out again!
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