Three Roman legions lay slaughtered, and, with them, a cache of Rome’s most prized possessions has disappeared…
The mystery of the Roman Empire’s missing relics deepens into a deadly new case for Antonius Axia, history’s first detective and the ancient world’s sole possessor of the secrets of deduction and psychology. Now, Axia is on the hunt to recover the empire’s treasure by any means…and the trail is about to lead him directly into the mystical kingdom of Egypt!
By this point, the thought of a Roman who is merely observant, logical and intuitive in a world that is lost in superstition and polytheism should have moved beyond the initial novelty factor to stand or fall based solely on the quality of the story telling (after all the though of a super smart crime fighter who is more than a competent fighter isn’t new to comics). And for the most part, it has. Peter Milligan‘s story has spanned ten issues to date, with at least two more coming, and I can say that I am no longer reading this story for the Batman in Rome feel that some would label it as. Indeed, for some time I have been genuinely excited for each new part of Antonius Axia’s story, and Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #2 is no exception.
Happily, I can say that I enjoyed this more than anticipated.
The second issue in third series feature all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Britannia at this point; the Detectioner at work, a brutally realized confrontation featuring the female gladiator Achilla and Antonius working together against a group of assassins, and the odd scene of Nero slowly falling deeper and deeper into the sphere of madness. There’s also an oddly subtle commentary on the nature of freedom, and how people can so easily abuse the power and privilege one may not understand they have that runs through this issue (and if you’re curious, yes that does make it worth reading alone).
As the series hits the mid way point, we’re treated to one of the better offerings in Axia’s story thus far, which I’m hopeful is an upward trend in quality and not the the peak.
Story: Peter Milligan Art: Robert Gill Colours: Jose Villarrubria
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy
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