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Directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, the film centers on Sigurd Svendsen, an archaeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship and its enigmatic inscription “Man Knows Little” written in runes. Convinced the ship holds the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology, he and his colleague and two children mount an expedition to the deserted “No Man’s Land” between Norway and Russia to uncover the true meaning of the runes — and to discover a secret more terrifying than they could imagine.
Check out the full poster, and the film’s trailer, below. Playing in select U.S. theaters, Ragnarok is available now on iTunes and VOD.
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Fans who have been waiting patiently for Walt Simonson to unleash Ragnarök have a very happy summer in front of them. Per a post on IDW’s Tumblr, the creator-owned project will debut in July.
And oh yeah, there’s also an epic image of Thor getting ready to bash the Midgard Serpent right in the face.
Announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego last year, Ragnarök returns Simonson to the realm of Asgard. “All I can say is that I’ve loved the stories of the Viking gods since I was eight,” he said last summer. “I am thrilled that with IDW’s help and support, I’m launching an ongoing series of stories built around a new vision of some old friends. And enemies.” IDW will also publish a remastered edition of Star Slammer, Simonson’s first comic work, later this month.
Check out the promo image below.
Announced this afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Ragnarök will feature “iconic deities and classic” tales written and drawn by Simonson. In addition, IDW will release re-mastered collections of Star Slammers, his classic sci-fi tale about intergalactic mercenaries who became the most successful businessmen of all time, and a special Artist’s Edition of the series.
The publisher debuted Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition in 2011.
“Scott Dunbier and I first talked about me working on a creator-owned book involving the Norse gods 15 years ago, but as many of my former editors can tell you, I’ve always regarded deadlines as useful fictions,” Simonson said in a statement. “So here we are … finally! All I can say is that I’ve loved the stories of the Viking gods since I was eight. I am thrilled that with IDW’s help and support, I’m launching an ongoing series of stories built around a new vision of some old friends. And enemies.”