The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…
But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.
His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.
But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…
The above synopsis tells you all you need to know about the set up for the story to come as Antonius Axia, the Detectioner, tries to solve yet another mystery at the behest of the mad emperor Nero. Peter Milligan‘s story continues, with as yet no tangible connection to the Valiant Universe other than it’s set in the past (I’m not the only person waiting for an Eternal Warrior or Armstrong cameo, am I?), but the lack of connection doesn’t preclude one from enjoying a unique take on logic, history and mythology.
Milligan’s script is brought to life by Robert Gill (art), Jose Villarrubia with Diego Rodriguez which lends a slightly different aesthetic than the last series – though no less incredible. Although there are some inconsistencies from Britannia: We Who Are About To Die in terms of the colour of certain character’s hair, for the most part the art remains as consistent as it needs to be given the gap between the second and third volume of Britannia.
While this is the first chapter in the third volume, one can start reading here with only minimal trouble; most of what you need to catch up is given to you in the recap page, and the rest you can pick up through the dialogue and narration as Axia navigates his way through ancient Rome. Ultimately, well worth checking out if you’re looking for something different from your traditional superhero fair.
Story: Peter Milligan Art: Robert Gill
Colours: Jose Villarrubia with Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.4 Art: 9 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy
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