The Ice Warriors agree to assist the Vikings against the Flood as they progress with their plans but that’s the least of the Doctor and Bill’s worries as another player hits upon the shore.
Part Two of the Wolves of Winter sees the Doctor trying to soothe the tension between the Ice Warriors and the Vikings as a selective few declare battle, prompting the Flood to take full advantage of the distraction.
But the story grows ever more complex when the Vikings treasure proves to be the source of desire for the third player that rises from the sea. The Flood’s presence continues to unnerve and writer Richard Dinnick succeeds in communicating the disturbing nature of them through their consuming need to spread and devour other intelligent life.
The writing style is sophisticated and ideological in its complex communication of social and historical themes. The Doctor and Bill’s friendship has fermented and become more nuanced, giving them the freedom to engage in near death comedy moments and intellectual conversation.
Artist Brian Williamson creates a unique and retro style that looks both faded and modern. The angles and dimensions of the characters movements are dynamic; creating tension through the more physical action scenes.
With the added layer of colour from colourist Hi-Fi, the shadows emanating from the caves and the light from the higher panels creates a dark atmosphere; reinforcing the connection between the reader and the story.
The second instalment of the Wolves of Winter builds upon the action between the Flood, Ice Warriors, and Vikings by exploring the weaknesses of the human condition and how the Vikings decisions create a ripple effect upon the other life forms trying to survive around them.