Britannia: We Who Are About To Die

Beautiful artwork especially the coloring. Innovative story.

Young men are being killed in ancient Rome in the temples of the gods. The detectionist, Antonious, follows a twisty trail to the truth. A female slave, who has almost won her freeedom in the arena, may hold the key.

It is good to see a mystery in a graphic novel as those are my two favorite genres. Being set in Nero’s Rome makes the artwork unusual too. The art and coloring in this book seem almost like series of classical oil paintings. You can see after looking at Nero’s face why many at the time thought he was the antichrist. He has the look of pure evil.

The story was intriguing and the resolution fair. I loved the strong female presence.

I would highly recommend this book to those who wish to broaden their graphic novel horizon from superheroes and horror. It is reminiscent of the Classics Illustrated comics from my childhood.

I want to thank the publisher and netgalley for the advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review. To be published September 26, 2017.

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