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.
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.