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"The Spider King: Frostbite" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing

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Written by Josh Vann
Illustrated by Simone D'Armini and Daniel Irizarri
Colored by Adrian Bloch
Lettered by Chas Pangburn
2018, 44 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on January 23rd, 2019

Review:

Hrolf and his fellow Vikings are making their way through the snow-covered woods after defeating an alien creature and taking some of its technology and weapons. They're now searching for other crash sites to put down this alien menace and eventually find a new place to call home. They may have found both in this town in the wilderness.

I was eager to see what else would come for Spider King after the mini-series wrapped up. You can't deny how cool the concept is since it blends some of the best parts of fantasy and sci-fi into a stellar read. Hrolf and his clan are twisted and changed by what they've come into contact with and not just the cool weapons. Their lives will never be the same again.

This has prepared them for some of the strangest encounters imaginable, as we see in the woods in The Spider King: Frostbite. They come across a mutated wolf that towers over them. Colorist Adrian Bloch adds an eerie feel to this creature with a bright blue glow highlighting its bones and piercing eyes. It's like it's filled with a kind of radiation.

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While this beast looks terrifying, it also seems tortured. Artist Simone D’Armini shows its teeth overgrown and cutting through its mouth on both sides. It's as if its body cannot contain the alien power that's coursing through its veins. The best part is that the wolf is just the first monster they face in these woods. There are many more, all dealing with the same growing pains.

This matches up to the look of Hrolf and his crew, which I understand is a weird thing to say. These Vikings are not cut from stone. They're not Chris Hemsworth. They're battered and covered in callouses. In a word, they're ugly. This makes them the perfect opponents for these deformed creatures.

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Hrolf is a great example of this. He was infected by the aliens in the last series and his body is fighting it. One arm is deformed and ends in a skeleton hand. This contrasts with his otherwise strong and bulky physique. At times, this alien presence comes out of him. Letterer Chas Pangburn changes up Hrolf's dialogue in those moments with a new font and a blue-colored word balloon to differentiate it.

Where the mini-series introduces us to this world and these characters, The Spider King: Frostbite shows how widespread and dangerous this alien invasion really is. Hrolf's journey is far from over. There will be many more monsters in his path, but he is not backing down. If anything, this has strengthened his resolve.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Spider King Frostbite Small
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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