We’ve got work to do (Bitter Root #6 Comic Review)

 

Bitter Root #6

Rage and Redemption Part One

 

Created by: David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, & Sanford Greene

Color Artist: Sofie Dodgson

Lettered by: Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist: Sanford Greene

Variant Cover Artists: Chris Brunner & Rico Renzi

Backmatter: John Jennings

Previously on Bitter Root…

In the first 5 issues, The Sangeryes, Ma Etta, Blink, Cullen, and Berg, fought the possessed jinoo with their root work (fifno). Unfortunately, things get worse when there are more monsters and they don’t respond as per usual to the fifno . Then, other family members, Uncle & a cousin come out of the woodwork after some mysterious falling out.

My Take

Bitter root is back in the new year and it’s out swinging. The action that our masterful creators have crafted is exciting and steeped in terror of this now chaotic world. I really enjoyed the continuation of the story. We’ve been waiting for so long and we are not disappointed. Although, there are a lot of stories being revisited at once, we are not overwhelmed, the pacing is balanced and the action keeps me interested. I love the fight scenes between the jinoo against Berg, Blink, and Ford. Cullen and Nora return from Barzakh, the realm between Earth and Hell and are reunited with Ma Etta and Uncle Enoch. I also appreciated the interesting racial dynamics with the other community members who do not believe. Boy, will they have an awakening at some point.

I am looking forward to learning more about our defeated villain and his new friend, Andro, and how that relationship will impact our heroic family. I think my favorite characters are Blink, Berg, and Ma Etta. Blink is a powerhouse and wildly underestimated by her other family members except for maybe Cullen and Berg. Berg is hilarious with his loquacious verbiage, gentle demeanor (for the most part) and his fighting prowess. After Red Summer (see review here), I think I identify with him the most. As well, Ma Etta is the rock and the foundation and still provides some level of comic relief. 

Greene’s artfully sets the mood and uses color to illustrate the the depth of emotion on the characters and the grave circumstances they are in. Greene is a stellar artist and it shows in each page of this book. Remarkably, he can capture the horrific and human emotion with equal skill.  I can’t sing the praises of this book enough. I enjoy every panel and every riff of dialogue between these immensely interesting characters. Well done. 

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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

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Summary
Bitter Root is back and it is a book you need your hands on. It is fun, it is terrifying, and exciting on just about every page. The Sangyere family is reunited! They are used to dealing with the jinoo, the demon-possessed folks of the Harlem renaissance but there is something up. They may think they have defeated the good doctor Sylvester but there’s more when a new threat rears her ugly head.
Good
  • Back like we never left
  • Art + Colors = Awesomeness
  • Action was well-paced
  • I love the characters and their various interactions
Bad
  • NADA
9.8
Amazing
Art - 10
Writing - 9
Plot - 10
Character Development - 10
Fluidity from previous issue - 10
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I do a few reviews (Black Panther) and I do news. I am a fan of both Marvel and DC heroes, Black Panther, Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Watchmen, to name a few. I also am streamer of a high degree, Netflix, Hulu plus, HBO, & Prime Video occupy a lot of my time when I'm not trying to save world in Education.

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