->''Vikings finally done right!.''\\
-- ''Entertainment Weekly''

->''More modern and current...than most Viking stories could ever be.''\\
-- ''New York Magazine''

''Northlanders'' is a comic book series featuring fictional stories about Vikings set in different historical periods. Most of the stories take place outside of Scandinavia.

It's written by Creator/BrianWood of ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'' fame and illustrated by various artists for each storyline. Cover art is painted by Massimo Carnevale. The first issue of the series was published on December 5, 2007. (The publication date was "February, 2008").

The following artists have illustrated ''Northlanders'' story arcs:
* David Gianfelice - "Sven the Returned" and "Sven the Immortal"
* Ryan Kelly - "The Cross + the Hammer"
* Dean Ormston - "Lindisfarne"
* Vasilis Lolos - "The Viking Art of Single Combat"
* Danijel Zezelj - "The Shield Maidens"
* Leandro Fernandez - "The Plague Widow"
* Fiona Staples - "The Sea Road"
* Ricardo Burchielli - "Metal"
* Becky Cloonan - "The Girl in the Ice"
* Simon Gane, Matthew Woodson, Marion Churchland - "Thor's Daughter"
* Paul Azaceta, Declan Shalvey, Danijel Zezelj - "The Icelandic Trilogy"

''Northlanders'' is characterized by medieval subject matter and themes handled in a modern way. The dialogue is modern, replete with modern euphemisms and foul language in a manner reminiscent of {{Creator/HBO}}'s ''Series/{{Rome}}''. It is extremely gritty and violent - as it should be considering the subject matter. Despite the modern take it is fairly historically accurate.

* AmazonBrigade: An interesting example in "The Shield Maidens" in that the three women aren't trained warriors but do a great job of defending themselves
* BadassBeard: Sven grows one in "Sven the Returned" as he comes to accept his identity as a Orkney Viking.
* BadassGrandpa: Sven in "Sven the Immortal."
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Sven's story, especially his conflict between Sven and his EvilUncle.
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: Sven worked as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varangian_Guard Varangian Guard]], who served as this trope to Byzantine Empire.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey: Subverted; French or rather Franks were portrayed as both capable warriors and cunning craftsmen in Siege of Paris arc. However, they surrendered when they experienced causalities from the siege and bribed the besieging Vikings with a land in France.
* CountryMatters: "Cunt" is used liberally.
* DeathByChildbirth: Magnus claimed that his wife died giving birth to his daughter Brigid, [[spoiler: or rather what Magnus did to her rather than the childbirth.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:''The Cross and the Hammer''. Turns out Magnus is a delusional murderer, and gets stabbed to death.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: In ''The Cross and the Hammer'', Magnus was not only a delusional murderer but also murdered his wife for giving birth to a girl named Brigid.]]
* GenerationalSaga: The Icelandic Trilogy (Northlanders #42- #50) detailed the Hauksson clan from the founding of Icelandic settlement to 1260 A.D.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: In a conversation between Ragnar and Magnus, the former noted on how the Norse brought commerce and civilization to the Irish while the latter claimed that the natives were taxed heavily and murdered to take over their lands. Ragnar retorted that Magnus' claims only applied to UngratefulBastard.
* HornyVikings: Completely averted. The comic book is noted for being historically accurate, with not a horn to be seen.
* SandBridgeAtLowTide: In the two issue "The Shield Maidens" arc, three [[AmazonBrigade Viking women fight]] off an army of Saxons from inside an {{Ancient Rom|e}}an fortress that is only reachable at low tide via a sand bridge.
* {{Yandere}}: Jens in "The Plauge Widow".
* FatBastard: In "The Plague Widow" Gunborg is the head of the trading settlements security forces. He is fat, gluttonous, (but still a [[StoutStrength formidable warrior]]) and as evil and corrupt as they come.