Review – The Thing: The Northman Nightmare

Written By: Steve Niles
Art: Patric Reynolds
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Menton3
Published By: Dark Horse

This comic is to coincide with the October 2011 theatrical release of The Thing. The story begins in 1121 A.D. with a group of vikings on a mission. They must walk on foot through the snow and treacherous conditions to find a group of their people.  As they continue on their journey they find that all may not be right around them.  Bodies and “mutated” skulls litter the terrain, accidents occur and the people they are looking for seem to have gone missing.  One thing to be said about these vikings, they do not play.  A particular event occurs, a decision needs to be made and without hesitation a quite horrendous action takes place with no hard feelings.  These guys are tough, pure and simple!  When they reach their destination the weirdness really begins to occur.  A group of women are all that is left in the tiny village and they are more than they appear to be.  The vikings continue to fight, but the question becomes will they be victorious?

The story, art and dialog are all very good.  Steve Niles is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  He really creates cool characters and is quickly able to set up personalities and backstory within those characters.  Overall, I would recommend this, however, more action would have made The Thing a better read.  If you are a huge fan of The Thing, what are you waiting for?  Go get it!



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