The Detectioner Returns in Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Robert Gill
Color Art: Jose Villarrubia and Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editors: Benjamin Peterson and David Menchel
Editor: Karl Bollers
Executive Editor: Joseph Illidge
Covers: Cary Nord, Brian Thies and David Mack
Peter Milligan returns to tell more tales of Britannia, this time, the detectioner
Antonius Axia and Achillia are sent off to the dark forests of Tottenwald to recover
the eagles of Rome and to calm the mad emperor Nero. Unfortunately for Antonius, the odds are that there’s far worse than the barbarian horde the Roman army pushed back in the woods of Germany. No, something far darker and sinister awaits him.
Britania: Lost Eagles of Rome is the third book in the Britannia series, a series
that is, in my opinion, one of the stronger titles Valiant Entertainment
has to offer. There is a lot to like about Britannia and with Lost Eagles Of Rome,
Milligan has created a truly interesting character, one without any special powers
but one who uses his mind to win his encounters. This first issue of Lost Eagles
Of Rome seems to pick up shortly after the last volume and re-teams the detectioner with the female slave gladiator that he encountered in last volume’s We Who Are About To Die. Really though, all the characters are great here. I love how utterly crazy the emperor is and how everyone is working to ensure Antonius is around to solve whatever dilemma Rome has.
The previous volumes featured Juan Jose Ryp on art. This time around, Valiant sought out artist Robert Gill to illustrate the story. I am no stranger to his work, having previously enjoyed his work on books like Book Of Death and X-O Manowar. While I am so used to Antonius being illustrated by Ryp, Gill is a worthy
successor to the title. Now, had this issue had some of the more bloody moments that a Britannia book had, I might have felt different; Ryp’s work really shines in those moments. One great thing about Gill on this is that he really nails how the characters look. Even going back and viewing the previous volumes, his Antonius looks like he should, as do the others. Gill’s panel layouts are always great and he does not skimp on the backgrounds, so it’s a quality artistic experience.
The Britannia series is one of the books Valiant Entertainment has that isn’t piggy-backing on the past iterations of characters and is one of the newer things they’ve had going on. It helps that the writing is such high-quality. While the art has changed, it still is a great-looking title worthy of the previous artist and definitely there for someone to pick up on the Wednesday it is released. Lost Eagles Of Rome has a mystery at hand and one that is worthy of the detectioner. I cannot wait to see how he fares in the matter.