Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Patrick Reynolds
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any franchise can be exponentially improved by the addition of Vikings. Hence The Thing: The Northman Nightmare, which is set in Greenland in 1121. That’s rather more of a time gap than separates 2011’s The Thing from John Carpenter’s 1982 film. It also makes this comic, just so we’re clear, the prequel to a prequel to a remake.
The single issue short gives us a group of Nords heading across the snow and ice to a settlement, where they find no one left alive but five women who claim all the men massacred one another. Our guys are wise not to trust them, however, since they’re soon encountering a plethora of Things (is that the proper collective noun? Let’s go with “a Wilford of Things”) that reveal themselves at the burning of a supposed corpse.
Leader of our heroes is Rodmar, who has only one eye. It’d be nice to think he was Mads Mikkelsen’s character from Valhalla Rising, but the timing doesn’t quite work and it’s the wrong eye. Bugger. But in a pleasing bit of symmetry, the comic ends with the two surviving Vikings sitting conversing in the snow like MacReady and Childs…