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THE SECRET OF THE AESIR – a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Alan Langford


AN EXCITING NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL by a true master of the art of storytelling through comic strip – ALAN LANGFORD


ISBN: 9781916484610

a new graphic novel

written and illustrated by

Alan Langford

Set during the 8th century A.D. amidst the tundra and glacier scarred valleys of northern Scandinavia, THE SECRET OF THE AESIR describes the journey of a contingent of Viking warriors, who guided by their knowledge of the far north, discover a mystery that is older than the Aesir, older than Odin himself.

Every page an artwork

Every one of the story’s pages is an artwork in itself. Alan Langford brings such life to his drawings that the reader can sense the presence and strength of the characters, feel the chill of the icy landscape and see the hot breath of the horses.

The idea of creating a graphic novel of his own conception had long been Alan’s ambition, and in the winter of 2017 he finally began his dream project. THE SECRET OF THE AESIR is the result of three years of intense work, almost without a break.

Every one of the graphic novel’s 132 pages is an artwork in itself, successfully capturing the atmosphere of what is believed to be the dark ages of pagan Scandinavia, and powerfully telling the story of the Norsemen who courageously sought the answer to THE SECRET OF THE AESIR.

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Additional information

Weight .410 kg
Dimensions 260 × 180 × 1.5 cm


  1. Jeremy Plant

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. I don’t want to give any story details away but it is a wonderfully crafted graphic novel, the artwork is excellent and it feels like a journey through time to a land long forgotten. Really, really good!!

  2. Simon Chadwick

    In Scandinavia of the 8th Century, a group of Vikings is taking part in an annual trek to pay homage to Mjolnir, the Norse God of Thunder’s hammer. This is a humongous artifact in the bleak landscape, continually drawing down lightning from the heavens.

    The warriors are accompanied by two Christian priests, one of which seeks strength from his god to defy this pagan monstrosity, while the other is more pragmatic and curious. When a mysterious vision appears before Mjolnir the Viking’s shaman decrees that a handful of warriors must advance into the wasteland beyond the Needle of Odin to discover what it means. This requires crossing a harsh landscape and through the territories of the strange people that live there; it’s not a task that a Viking warrior is going to shrink from.

    What they find in the far north is utterly beyond their comprehension. Being neither man-made nor of the gods, it will take the pragmatic priest to finally understand it.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout in monochrome, Alan Langford uses his life-long love of the medium to craft his own tale that would sit very comfortably in the 2000AD comics I enjoyed in the 1980s. And Alan had pedigree there, not least a Tharg’s Future Shock story written by Alan Moore. I’ve always loved how a good comic story can draw elements from history, science, and mythology, and it’s clear that Alan feels the same as he’s interwoven those threads to build a compelling narrative. He’s also an exceptional equestrian artist, so having his Vikings mounted means there are dozens of striking panels that channel a Frank Frazetta vibe.

    It’s moody and atmospheric, and oddly it remains grounded in reality despite its science fiction leanings. Alan knows just how far to stray into the fantastic to give his tale wonder and awe. We have an inclination of where it’s heading early on, but because we’re companions of the Vikings, seeing the world as they see it, we can revel in their understanding – or lack of – as the narrative puts down its layers.

    To say that this would have been right at home in a 1980s’ comic doesn’t mean that this book feels in any way dated. Rather, it captures a spirit that I’ve rarely seen since, where the artist was given the time he needed to make the very best of the page, and the story was allowed to unfold at a pace that suited the telling. For me, it’s captured a sense of nostalgia that is very welcome indeed.

    It’s 132 lovingly crafted pages that have taken three years to complete. You’ll appreciate every minute of that time as you’re absorbed by the pages, the characters, and the answers they seek.

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