Written by PETER MILLIGAN Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERT GILL, RYAN LEE, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, JUAN CASTRO, BRIAN THIES Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE,FRANKIE D’ARMATA,JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE Letters by DAVE SHARPE Coverby DAVE JOHNSON $49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-320-8
On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.
In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.
Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1–4, and BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4, along with over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Parental Advisory In Shops: Jul 03, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE SHOCKING SECRET BEHIND QUILL’S QUEST REVEALED! QUILL has made it to the BAXTER BUILDING… but with the hidden weapon in reach, a shocking secret will turn the quest on its head! This is the issue everyone will be talking about – the biggest surprise in the WASTELANDS universe since WOLVERINE’s tragic encounter in OLD MAN LOGAN. DO NOT MISS IT!
We’re going back to early 2018 to revisit an old column this week, because I recently reread the book and forgot just how much I liked it.
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Ivar, Timewalker
My comic shop recently got the deluxe hardcover edition of Valiant’s Ivar, Timewalker in on a special order for yours truly, which collects the entire twelve issue run in one place for $40. You can also pick up the series in three softcover trade paperbacks, if you’re so inclined, but I’ve become partial to the oversized hardcovers (especially because of the bonus material in the back, but then I love that stuff). I had already read the final four issues of the series long before I started reading the hardcover, which some would think would be foolish, but when you’re reading a book about time travel then it suddenly becomes less foolish.
In order to give you a bit of context, you’ll find the preview text for the series below.
“At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!“
The series was written by Fred Van Lente, who was joined by Pere Perez, Francis Portella and Clayton Henry with Robert Gill, the first issue being released in January 2015, with the final issue coming in December of that year. The twelve issue series is one of the more underrated offerings from Valiant Entertainment, as many people don’t tend to think about Ivar, Timewalker when talking about the great comics to have come from this publisher – myself included.
As a story about time travel, Ivar, Timewalker is a series that rewards multiple readings – indeed, you could reasonably start at the beginning of any of the three arcs within the series, though this is admittedly more difficult to do with the deluxe edition than the single issues or the trades. Van Lente put together a story that will leave you with as many questions as it will provide answers with an intelligent script that effortlessly blends a heartbreaking story of loss, hope and determination with a sly wit that will have you laughing out loud more often than you would expect in a series that, technically, isn’t a comedy.
Time travel, and effects travelers can have on history are touched on, and often provide some interesting flashes to a story that at its heart is a tale of two incredibly different people; Ivar himself, and Neela Sethi – the scientist who will invent time travel. For as fantastical as the scenery is in this series (and thanks to the artists, it truly is phenomenal), the true draw is the relationship between the two leads.
And that relationship is why you need to read this wonderful story at least twice. I didn’t realize how good this book was when I first read it, and I dare say it’ll only get better with time. Pardon the pun.
Time travel has never been so wonderful.
Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Parental Advisory In Shops: May 15, 2019 SRP: $3.99
GLADIATOR CLOSES IN! • PETER QUILL and the GUARDIANS’ good deeds across the Wastelands are starting to gain them a following… • …which isn’t as good as it sounds as GLADIATOR and his advance team from the UNIVERSAL CHURCH OF TRUTH close in! • But it’ll all be for nothing if Quill can’t escape from the MADROX gang!
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Rated T In Shops: Mar 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
BACK IN THE SADDLE! • PETER QUILL and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY make their way through the WASTELANDS! • But even as they try to help the Earth’s downtrodden…the shadow of DOOM hangs over their every move! • Their only hope…a valuable weapon that may or may not have been forgotten on Earth…
(W) Ethan Sacks (A) Robert Gill (CA) John Tyler Christopher Parental Advisory In Shops: Feb 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING! • PETER QUILL returns to Earth…but a lot has changed since he was last there. • As Peter reacquaints himself with the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, he’ll find it’s difficult to pick up where he left off. • But they’ll have to figure it out quick, as A DEADLY ENEMY is closing in… • And: What happened to the AVENGERS?
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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
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?
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
Written by JODY HOUSER and JOSHUA DYSART
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA, PERE PÉREZ, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, ROBERT GILL,
and ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! She’ll tackle every obstacle in her path with confidence – robots, aliens, monsters…and even her very first super-villain arch-nemesis bent on snuffing her out once and for all!
Collecting FAITH (LIMITED SERIES) #1-4, FAITH (ONGOING SERIES) #1-8, HARBINGER: FAITH #0 from Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH), and A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5 from writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADE) and artist Mike Norton (QUANTUM AND WOODY). Plus, more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras!
$49.99 | 368 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 31st
HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-285-0