Britannia by Peter Miligan
Published March 7th 2017
Genre: Graphic Novel
Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review
On the fringes of civilization, the world s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.
Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero s reign, a veteran of Rome s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings 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.
From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (Ninjak,Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed in Valiant’s latest magnum opus.
This book is about Antonius, a roman soldier that is sent in a suicide mission, six years after being saved by the Vesta Virgins. These Virgins have great power over the roman emperor, Nero.
Rubria, the head of the Vesta Virgins, was an intriguing character. She was manipulative and was able to make Nero do whatever she wanted.
The plot was good but slow.
Britannia is an interesting take on the roman empire but I felt like it was lacking in action and character development. It showed us a bit of the roman empire’s culture and society and, between chapters, the book had texts explaining some aspects of the plot.
Because the story felt like it was being dragged, I can’t give this book a high rating.
Rating: 2 stars