A Shield-maiden’s Story – ETERNAL OGN Review
Story By: Eric Zawadzki & Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated By: Eric Zawadzki
Colored By: Dee Cunniffe
Published By: Black Mask Studios
Bloody courageous and brave of heart, we are constantly battling both internally and externally and this story is a splendid example of that struggle. Vif, the leader of the shield-maidens, has been leading her people and doing her best to protect them and her son from Bjarte and his raiding parties. The maidens can’t take any more and are taking the fight to them. This is one double sized action packed book that takes me back to the old Red Sonja days. If you‘re a fan of sword and sorcery you‘re sure to love this book. I would’ve liked a little more interaction between other characters, but it was, nevertheless, a compelling story. The look and feel of this book made me fall in love with it because it is just so captivating.
Eric Zawadzki and Ryan K. Lindsay bring us this story, and Eric is also the illustrator, and it’s a job well done. Dee Cunniffe masterfully colored this book for the grand design, and at the end there’s an extensive article written by him as well. It’s definitely worth your while to read that. The story had enough facets to it to keep you interested and wanting more, and the art style just added to it. It‘s a fast-paced story they composed, and it flows so well it‘s completed before you realize it. What this team achieved was great and added plenty of extras at the end of information about the creative team, as well as concept art from rough layouts to final test pages.
These shield-maidens are some bad mama jamas, an entire village of strong Viking women warriors. Teaching Vif‘s son about a legacy and life in general to defending herself and her people. I was enthralled by this book’s story, art, and colors. There, of course, are some big plot twists, and they make a more compelling story. This was my first book from Black Mask Studios but surely not my last as they captured my attention with this book. I’ve just become a fan of these three creators and hope to see more from them in the near future.