August 26, 2020
This month, Natasha Alterici’s fantasy comic book epic Heathen came to a conclusion that was, at once, as epic and intimate as the acclaimed series required.
The series — in development as a movie, with Catherine Hardwicke attached — launched in 2017 from Vault Comics, with Alterici, who wrote the entire series and illustrated the first eight issues before Ashley Woods took over for health reasons.
Set during the Viking era, Heathen follows Aydis, a young woman who comes out as queer and in the process is abandoned by her community — leading to her setting out on a quest that will, ultimately, involve the Norse Gods themselves, as well as pirates and Valkyries. Across its 12-issue run, the series gathered a passionate fan following, and was selected as an American Library Association YALSA 2018 great graphic novel for teens.