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Brian Wood teases new title in the footsteps of ‘Northlanders’


In 2007 Brian Wood led a proverbial raiding party of Vikings into the comics landscape with the Vertigo series Northlanders, which was canceled in 2012 after 50 issues. But now Wood is plotting a return to the history books and the battlefields, only not at the DC Comics imprint.

In a blog post titled “On Vikings — or lack thereof,” Wood explains he always planned to revisit Northlanders given the intense research and unpublished stories. But when it came time to working it up, something happened.

“I had made it something of a priority, actually, and have been telling people about it. Now, I don’t know,” Wood revealed. “Maybe that’s lazy of me. Also, perhaps dangerous to try and capture past glories. Maybe it’s better to do something new, to pick a different historical era and create rather than repeat? To do something as out-of-the-box as Northlanders was at the time. So I probably will. I already know what it is.  Try and guess.”

With that, Wood posted the above graphic — a white X on a red background with the text “From the creator of Northlanders.” Wood’s challenge for fans to “try and guess” what the teaser means has already led to some theories. At first glance, the X might seem tied into Marvel’s X-Men, especially considering Wood is writing two X-Men titles, but given the tone and the promotion of this announcement I’d wager to believe it’s something entirely different. Some might say it’s reminiscent of a Confederate flag, but Twitter user @FullPageBleed suggests the graphic may be the the shield of the historical figure Richard Neville from the Wars of the Roses.



I loved Northlanders.

I definitely think it’s more likely a War of the Roses book from the white x on red, and the context of being “as out of the box as Northlanders.” X-Men isn’t “out of the box”.

If this IS about the War of the Roses, I am *so* excited.

Denmark, Switzerland and the knights of Malta all have flags with white crosses on fields of red. If he’s not using his Scandinavian research for a book set in Denmark (the ‘real’ Hamlet, perhaps)?, maybe he’s going for a new version of William Tell or of the siege of Malta by the Turks.

My first thought was something related to the crusades. The the colours evoke the Knights Templar, and (as noted above) the Knights of Malta, aka the Knights Hospitaller. Tonally, this would be similar to Northlanders, which shined the spotlight on rise of Christendom in northern Europe. I’d be down, if that turns out to be the case. The War of the Roses is another distinct possibility, or perhaps a series focusing on Knights of the Middle Ages in general. I’m excited to see what comes of this, as Northlanders is a favourite of mine.

Is it X-Me…. No wait, that was mentioned as maybe not being it.


X-M…. No.


I got it! Captain Britain!

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