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Title: Valhall – Den samlade sagan 1
Translation: Valhalla - The Compete Saga 1
By: Peter Madsen
Language: Swedish (Danish)
214 pages, colour, hard cover
Ekholm & Tegebjer 2011
The album seriesValhallisliterallyandmetaphoricallythe Danish artistPeterMadsen'smasterpiece.Literallyasthenow-completedseriescomprisedof fifteen albums in the classical European format,are nowcollectedinfivebulky,boundvolumeswithlots ofextras;metaphorically as Madsenhas spentthreedecades,mostofhisadultlife, working on the series.
Valhallis a comic in theEuropeanhumor/adventuregenre(likeTintinorAsterix), butoneof thefewsuccessfull comics in this genre that has ever been createdin the Nordic countries.The narrativesineachindependentalbum arebasedonthe old Norse myths,oftenviewedbytwohumanchildren'seyes.The styleissoftlycaricaturedwitha clear,evocativecoloring; the storiesseemlessly blendexcitingadventureswitha decidedly humanehumorandhistoricalfacts.
Valhall has ended with the final, fifteenth album, and Madsen and his long-time script collaborator Henning Kure, have decided to commemorate this by putting together the end-all collection, five volumes with three episodes each, where Madsen and Kure have dug deepamong30years ofproductionand added awide set ofsketches,photographsandunpublished or more rarely seen comics,supplementedbytextsaboutthe series' historyandthe stories'historicalbackground.
Valhall is aclassicin the truesense of the word, a comic which will live on for a long time, and it is really good to see it get such a respectful treatment, and that it is published in Swedish as well. Kudos to Ekholm & Tegebjer for that!
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