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Preview: Britannia Vol. 3 Lost Eagles of Rome

BRITANNIA VOL 3: LOST EAGLES OF ROME TPB

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover by DAVID MACK

A terrifying new quest into the unknown!

Valiant’s sold-out descent into the horrors of the ancient world returns with an all-new volume from legendary comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) as Antonius Axia, history’s first detective, launches into an otherworldly mystery of monsters, magic, and conspiracy at the boundaries of human understanding…

Collecting BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 12th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-291-1

Preview: The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine

THE PRISONER: THE UNCERTAINTY MACHINE

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Publisher: Titan Comics
Softcover, 112pp, $16.99, £13.99
On sale: November 13, 2018
ISBN: 9781785859151

Based on the TV show created by Patrick McGoohan, this all-new adventure written by Peter Milligan sees Breen, codenamed No. 6, trapped in a seemingly bizarre parallel world, unlike anything he has ever experienced before. There he must race to rescue his fellow spy before he loses his very grip on reality. But to save the day, Breen must also confront the arch controller of The Village, a person known only as Number One…

Review: Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #4

BRITANNIA3_004_COVER-B_GILLDeep within the heart of Egypt, there is unrest…and Antonius and Achillia have stumbled right into the middle of it! On the hunt for the Roman Empire’s missing banners at the behest of Emperor Nero, history’s first detective and his fearsome gladiatrix companion find themselves on the brink of many revelations: Who is responsible for the plagues threatening their Roman brethren? And who is this new revolutionary calling himself Pharaoh?

And like that, another Britannia miniseries comes to a close. Another four issue toe-dip into the live of Antonius Axa and his friends, colleagues and enemies that ends with a satisfying conclusion that never once feels rushed. It does wrap things up in a way that leaves little a room for for a sequel without any loose ends dangling annoyingly as the fourth issue closes.

In a series that has, across the previous eleven issues, established a precedent for gorgeous artwork, brutal violence and a smattering if dark humour, Peter Milligan‘s script for Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #4 once again delivers on the hallmarks of the series. And, once again, the art is spectacular. Robert Gill (with Juan Castro) has a deft hand when it comes to realising the emotions of the faces of his characters as well as the bloody swordplay they will inevitably engage in seemingly every issue. One could argue that each comic follows a basic formula of “Talky Bit, Fighty Bit, Talky Bit, Revalation!, Talky Bit”, and to some extent that’s true, but it’s an oversimplification of the plot and comic book itself. After all, can’t we break every comic down to that same basic formulae?

As a concluding chapter to the third Britannia series, I was impressed. Milligan kept the story a relatively simple affair that didn’t stray as deeply into the supernatural as it has in the past, instead allowing the characters to shine.

There’s a scene in which Nero’s growing madness is visible, and though he’s still a few year from burning Rome to the ground, you can see the emperors slow descent into the madness that we’ll continue to witness in the background of future installments to the series – something history aficionados and fans of the series will enjoy getting to witness in comic book form.

Lost Eagles Of Rome may be the third series under the Britannia  banner, but it can be read independently of the others  without giving the reader any real trouble when it comes to understanding the plot (though  I’m sure you know the blurb about getting the most out of the story, read it all, etc.). But whether you have read the first two volume or not, there’s plenty to enjoy with a detective story set nearly two thousand years ago spanning several countries wrapped up in a powerseizing conspiracy story that a gladiator and the detectioner tackle together.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series, and hope that Milligan and Valiant have another in the works for us.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Robert Gill with Juan Castro Colours: Jose Villarrubia
Story: 8.1 Art: 9 Overall: 8.4 Overall: Buy if you’ve bought the rest

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagle of Rome #4 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #4 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBÍA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by RAFA GARRES

At last, the mystery of the lost eagles revealed!

Deep within the heart of Egypt, there is unrest…and Antonius and Achillia have stumbled right into the middle of it! On the hunt for the Roman Empire’s missing banners at the behest of Emperor Nero, history’s first detective and his fearsome gladiatrix companion find themselves on the brink of many revelations: Who is responsible for the plagues threatening their Roman brethren? And who is this new revolutionary calling himself Pharaoh?

Legendary writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and visceral artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) close Antonius Axia’s most incredible case yet as the final chapter of “LOST EAGLES OF ROME” is revealed!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. |  VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 31st

Preview: Black Crown Quarterly #4: Summer 2018

Black Crown Quarterly #4: Summer 2018

Peter Milligan, Rob Davis, David Barnett, Tini Howard & various (w) • Rob Davis, Martin Simmonds, Philip Bond & various (a) • Philip Bond (c)

Shock and delight in spades as we stretch out the long, hot summer for all it’s worth and bring grand conclusions to Tales from The Black Crown Pub and CUD: Rich and Strange. Plus: Hey, Amateur!, Beat Surrender, previews and interviews with local street celebs in this compendium of comics, culture & cool.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #3

BRITANNIA3_003_COVER-A_MACKAntonius Axia has survived the wilds of Britain and witnessed the horrors of his own homeland…and now, the trail of Emperor Nero’s stolen eagles relics has led him and gladiatrix Achillia to the newly annexed province of Egypt! But, those who once held power in the Fertile Crescent might not be so quick to welcome them…or any other nosy Romans, for that matter!

There’s something strangely refreshing about reading a comic that is effectively a police drama set in the first century AD. Unlike the previous two issues, there’s no hint of the supernatural elements that featured in the previous two minieries (nor the titular island), but I find the lack of these things add an interesting element to the story – Antonius is waiting for, or at least aware of the possibility that these things exist in the world, but hasn’t yet come to the conclusion these things are the only solution.

Peter Milligan is joined by a host of talented artists this issue (full credits below), and once again delivers a comic that maintains the consistent quality established from the outet of this miniseries and avoids any of the pacing issues that can plague four issue story arcs. Contrary to what you’d expect, there is a definite feeling at the end of this issue that the story can be wrapped up in the following 22 odd pages; most four issue miniseries I’ve read lately seem to spend two and a half issues setting up the story only to rush it’s conclusion in the following issue. No, instead we get a well paced comic that balances the proceedural aspects of a detective show with the swordplay you’d hope given the timeframe of the story.

Artistically, the comic is another win as Robert Gill (with Juan Castro and Brian Theis)’s line work is clean, concise and oh-so-easy to read. The choreography during the fight scenes highlights our heroes’ skills without diminishing the threat of those they’re facing, and the scenary has a beautifully ominous feel about it. Surely the sense of forboding within these pages comes from Jose Villarrubia (with Andrew Dalhouse)’s colouring work.

Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #3  has this miniseries on pace to be the best yet of the three in Peter Milligan’s story – and was the first in which I wasn’t waiting for the cameo of another Valiant character. Ultimately, if you’re already reading this series then you’re going to be happy with this issue. If you’re not partaking in Britannia, why not?

Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Robert Gill with Juan Castro
and Brian Theis
Colours: Jose Villarrubia
with Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #3 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #3 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL with JUAN CASTRO and BRIAN THIES
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA with ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by MJ KIM
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19

Where have the eagles landed?

Antonius Axia has survived the wilds of Britain and witnessed the horrors of his own homeland…and now, the trail of Emperor Nero’s stolen eagles relics has led him and gladiatrix Achillia to the newly annexed province of Egypt! But, those who once held power in the Fertile Crescent might not be so quick to welcome them…or any other nosy Romans, for that matter!

Renowned writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and fan-favorite artist Robert Gill (X-O MANOWAR) follow the LOST EAGLES OF ROME into dangerous territory – and unleash a terrible new threat on the ancient world!

Review: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #2

BRITANNIA3_002_COVER-A_NORDThree 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

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #2 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #2 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by SIJA HONG
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

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!

Preview: The Prisoner #4

The Prisoner #4

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover A: Colin Lorimer
Cover B: Photo
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: August 1, 2018

FINAL ISSUE!

The cult TV series comes to life in a brand new comic series by writer Peter Milligan and artist Colin Lorimer!

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first US transmission, this new series transports readers back to the mysterious village where everyone is a number!

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