The Dirge of Viqdis #1 Valkyrie Komics Written and Created by: Joshua Lee Penciled by: Cillian Cubstead Inked by: William Egli Lettered by: Christopher Peterson And Edited by: Ruby Lowe Reviewer: Warren Wesson
Summary: Aeons have passed since Heaven and Earth were one and for the first time since the split, the division is threatened by the armies of Satan.
Heaven's only chance is to survive is to take the fight to meet the Demons of Hell on Earth.
To do that the chosen Angel will have to allow themselves to be possessed with the souls of Demons in order to cross the Divide into the Mortal Realm.
Review: Joshua Lee spins a really good story in the Dirge of Viqdis . Of all the countless angels in Heaven. Seven of them stand out from the rest and one of those is chosen to embark on a forward deployed mission to strike the enemies of heaven in the mortal world.
The dialogue is great. Lots of imagination shows through. I really got the sense quickly that the characters knew each other well. To develop that chemistry among unknown characters in one issue is difficult. Joshua Lee does it in the first few panels. Impressive.
Cillian Cubstead is the man holding the pencil. Incredible layouts. Admitted some of the panels look rushed. Even a duplication in one instance. The eye candy is fine though. If you get this book, you can see he is capable of drawing anything however it’s clear, there are panels where you can see he’s applied his self, and panels that feel rushed. Brilliant but rushed. Old school.
There is a lot of story. Joshua Lee gave him a lot to draw. It is a thick story, and to keep up I think this is why Cubstead has to make sacrifices on some panels and really give it his all on others or this book would probably have taken a year to draw. In no way does it take away from the flow of the story and he rewards us with some great, great panels.
Some of the coolest demons I’ve ever seen and some of the cleanest lines I’ve ever seen when he wants to. It’s an old school style for sure. The book is black and white so on the extra art and covers are a nice treat. Cubstead lines coloured by William Egli. I love Egli’s colours. Beautiful. Really nice art.
Christopher Peterson finishes it off with letters and Ruby Lowe with the edits. My favorite thing about the book was the sacrifice to gain storyline. Good premise. Take the fight to the enemy and the internal struggle within the chosen Angel. Great sacrifice to save the heavens. There were times as I said that the art felt rushed in places however it’s well worth it for the rewards where Cubstead applies himself. The coloured pieces are fantastic. 3.5/5 Editor's Note: To pick up a copy of the first issue of Dirge of Viqdis, head on over to the Valkyrie Komics website!