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Medievalist Comics and the American Century$
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Chris Bishop

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808509

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808509.001.0001

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Northlanders (2007)

Northlanders (2007)

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Medievalist Comics and the American Century

Chris Bishop

University Press of Mississippi

The final of the comic book chapters is a study of the 21st-century series Northlanders. What makes this comic book so interesting for the purposes of this study is not its medievalism, but rather its lack thereof. The characters in Northlanders think, behave and speak like film-noir gangsters, as the blood feuds and conquests of the northern Dark Ages mutate into barrio-style turf wars and gangland vendettas. The writer of the series made no attempt to portray the ontology of his Norse subjects or to represent historically the multifaceted culture from which they sprang—his goal was to produce a crime series based on seminal Yakuza films from the 1970s.

Keywords:   Northlanders, Neo-noir, Yakuza, Postmodernism, Medievalism

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