The Sword of Hyperborea #3
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Mike Mignola and Rob Williams
Art by Laurence Campbell
Colors by Quinton Winter
Letters by Clem Robins
The Rundown: A deep sea diver gets more than he bargained for on his latest dive.
Deep sea diver Victor Olssen is diving to the bottom of the English Channel in search of something for a powerful man. Unfortunately, the expedition will come to a premature end as the war makes their position dangerous. To make matters worse, the man behind the expedition will not take no for an answer as he demands that Olssen complete the dive and retrieve what he wants and will use the man’s family to force him to get it.
Going back beneath the waves, Olssen discovers the wreck of a downed blimp and proceeds to enter it to retrieve a crystal but finds the sword of Hyperborea instead. He also discovers quickly that he is not alone beneath the waves. When a German U-Boat destroys the ship he was diving from, Victor will be given the chance to be a hero. Unfortunately, his tenure might not last as long as he thinks.
The Story: Mignola and Williams deliver a powerful and entertaining story in this issue. The characters are great and I love the transition from this issue and the last. The continuity of the story makes the drama more engaging, the circumstances more entertaining and the stakes more compelling. Olssen is a great character and his arc throughout the story makes everything more engaging to the reader.
The Art: Campbell has a wonderful artistic style and it works beautifully with this story. The visuals are wonderful and the use of shadow both enhances the drama and ramps up the thrills.