The characters are Norse, but the book is heavily influenced by the wandering samurai stories made famous by the likes of Akira Kurosawa.
Everything about at least one of the covers for the first issue of Brian Wood and Mack Chater’s new ongoing series, “Sword Daughter,” screams samurai epic in the vein of “Wolf and Cub.” Everything, that is, except for the fact that the little girl shown standing with her make-believe sword and the man seated on the beach in the background are decidedly not Japanese.
Reading the story, we learn that this dysfunctional father and daughter, Dag and Elsbeth, are Norse, which doesn’t change the fact that the story is heavily influenced by the wandering samurai stories made famous by the likes of Akira Kurosawa. When you look at the bedrock of the cultures these stories take place in, it makes sense.
Clan bonds, family loyalty, control and success through horrendous violence at the tip of a sword are deeply rooted in both time periods and societies. Of course, there are differences, but at their hearts these two seemingly very different places are linked.
The first issue begins with an inner monologue from Elsbeth, giving us a synopsis of her life on the cold and unforgiving island she calls home. The only remaining family she has is her father, and, according to her, he was “sleeping” for a number of years after the deaths of her mother and brother at the hands of a group known as the Forty Swords. During that time the young Elsbeth primarily raised herself, emerging as an almost feral child unwilling to trust others. She took care of her father during his insensible time, but his abandonment of her resulted in resentment and anger she cannot seem to let go of.
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Entertainment