In Review: Britannia – We Who Are about to Die #4

Revelations, conclusions, and cliffhangers.

Synopsis: The detectioner has found the culprit for Rome’s horrors, but this may not be enough to survive the wrath of Apollo. Everything Axia has learned from the Vestal virgins is called into question. Yes, he knows of the strange plant that causes the gods to walk amongst men; however, the superstitions of Rome tighten around his neck as if a noose. With the aid of Rubria and Achillia, Antonius must overcome the fear that grips him, or he, and those he cares about, will surely die.

Review: The second series of Britannia had the gift of freedom. Much of the heavy lifting had been accomplished in the first installment. The creators could build upon their established characters while introducing new elements into their story. They did this fairly well. However, the drawbacks to constructing an elaborate mystery is that sometimes conclusions can feel a bit rushed; it is not a crime, but it happens. For example, the reveal of Ellissa’s parentage is a nice touch, for it plays into the final confrontation. It also brings the story full circle about the sins of Rome and her citizens. On the other hand, once this concept has been established, the story quickly moves it’s principle players to a stopping point.

As stated in previous reviews, I love the expressiveness shown in the eyes of the gods. The sneering scowl of petty, vicious, and capricious gods are a delight. These are the same faces that Nero, Rubria, and others make throughout the series.  It is a visual through line that reinforces what we know of the Roman gods, but it also humanizes them. Details like this really make me appreciate the work that goes into Britannia.

There is so much that goes into making Valiant‘s prestige series. Books such as Divinity, Savage, and Britannia work to elevate what comics can be. Every installment may not break the mold, but it is still solid and impressive work.

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