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Cover to issue #1 of Northlanders (December 2007). Art by Massimo Carnevale.
Publication information
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateFebruary 2008 – April 2012
No. of issues50
Creative team
Created byBrian Wood
Written byBrian Wood
Artist(s)Davide Gianfelice
Massimo Carnevale
Dean Ormston
Ryan Kelly
Vasilis Lolos
Danijel Zezelj
Leandro Fernández
Letterer(s)Travis Lanham
Colorist(s)Dave McCaig
Dean Ormston
Editor(s)Mark Doyle
Will Dennis
Casey Seijas
Collected editions
Sven the ReturnedISBN 1401219187
The Cross + the HammerISBN 140122296X

Northlanders is an American comic book series published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The stories are fictional but set in and around historical events during the Viking Age.

Northlanders is written by Brian Wood, illustrated by various artists on a per storyline basis, and with painted cover art by Massimo Carnevale. The first issue of the series was published on December 5, 2007.

On June 9, 2011, Brian Wood announced via Twitter that the series had been canceled by Vertigo. It ended on April 11, 2012, at issue #50.


Northlanders alternates long and short story arcs, each of which deals with a different protagonist in a different time period within the Viking Age.

The first story arc, "Sven the Returned," runs through issues 1–8 and is set in A.D. 980. It follows a self-exiled Viking warrior named Sven who has been serving in the Byzantine Varangian Guard, and is now returning to his birth region in the Orkney Islands in order to reclaim his rightful inheritance.

The second arc, "Lindisfarne," runs through issues 9 and 10, and is about a young boy and the sacking of the Lindisfarne monastery in A.D. 793, the beginning of the Viking Age.

The third arc, "The Cross + The Hammer," runs through issues 11–16 and is set around Dublin, Ireland circa the Battle of Clontarf, which took place in A.D. 1014; it deals with the pursuit of an Irishman and his daughter who attacks the occupying Viking forces using guerrilla tactics.

Collected editions[edit]

The series is being collected into trade paperbacks:

Northlanders trade paperbacks
# Title ISBN Release date Collected material Artists
1 Sven the Returned ISBN 1-4012-1918-7 October, 2008 Northlanders #1–8, "Sven the Returned" Davide Gianfelice
2 The Cross + the Hammer ISBN 1-4012-2296-X July, 2009 Northlanders #11–16, "The Cross + the Hammer" Ryan Kelly
3 Blood in the Snow ISBN 1-4012-2620-5 March, 2010 Northlanders #9–10, "Lindisfarne"
Northlanders #17, "The Viking Art of Single Combat"
Northlanders #18–19, "The Shield Maidens"
Northlanders #20, "Sven, the Immortal"
Davide Gianfelice, Vasilis Lolos, Dean Ormston, Danijel Zezelj
4 The Plague Widow ISBN 1-4012-2850-X October, 2010 Northlanders #21–28, "The Plague Widow" Leandro Fernández
5 Metal ISBN 1-4012-3160-8 July, 2011 Northlanders #29, "The Sea Road"
Northlanders #30–34, "Metal",
Northlanders #35–36, "The Girl In The Ice"
Fiona Staples, Riccardo Burchielli, Becky Cloonan
6 Thor's Daughter ISBN 1-4012-3366-X February, 2012 Northlanders #37–39, "The Siege of Paris"
Northlanders #40, "The Hunt"
Northlanders #41, "Thor's Daughter"
Simon Gane, Matthew Woodson, Marion Churchland
7 The Icelandic Trilogy ISBN 1-4012-3691-X January, 2013 Northlanders #42–50, "The Icelandic Trilogy" Paul Azaceta, Declan Shalvey, Danijel Zezelj

Later also collected in the following omnibus editions:

Northlanders omnibus editions
# Title ISBN Release date Collected material Artists
1 Book I: The Anglo-Saxon Saga ISBN 1-4012-6331-3 June, 2016 Northlanders #9–10, "Lindisfarne"
Northlanders #18–19, "The Shield Maidens"
Northlanders #1–8, "Sven the Returned"
Northlanders #41, "Thor's Daughter"
Northlanders #11–16, "The Cross + the Hammer"
Davide Gianfelice, Ryan Kelly, Dean Ormston, Marion Churchland, Danijel Zezelj
2 Book II: The Icelandic Saga ISBN 1-4012-6508-1 November, 2016 Northlanders #29, "The Sea Road"
Northlanders #20, "Sven, The Immortal"
Northlanders #35–36, "The Girl In The Ice"
Northlanders #42–50, "The Icelandic Trilogy"
Fiona Staples, Danijel Zezelj, Becky Cloonan, Paul Azaceta, Declan Shalvey
3 Book III: The European Saga ISBN 1-4012-7379-3 September, 2017 Northlanders #17, "The Viking Art of Single Combat"
Northlanders #21–28, "The Plague Widow"
Northlanders #30–34, "Metal"
Northlanders #37–39, "The Siege of Paris"
Northlanders #40, "The Hunt"
Vasilis Lolos, Leandro Fernández, Riccardo Burchielli, Simon Gane, Matthew Woodson



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