Bitter Root #7
Rage and Redemption Part Two
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…
It seems like things are looking up as the Sangeyre family has seemingly defeated Dr. Sylvester in his mutated form. This victory comes after the return of Cullen and Aunt Nora from Barzakh, that
mysterious realm between Hell and Earth. The battle is hard-fought but there appears to be more to Dr. Sylvester and a new enemy emerges calling herself Adro.
We take a trip to Boley, Oklahoma to see things from Dr. Sylvester’s perspective. We start in the Boley Community Baptist Church after he’s lost his wife. So even before Red Summer where he experiences immense loss, we learn about how he was dealing with the loss of his wife. Unfortunately, he tries to move on for a fresh start and that doesn’t go well either. As well, we learn about what drives the creatures who are not the more traditional jinoo that the Sangeyre deal with. The audience learns from Sylvester’s narration and the family learns from Berg and his continued affliction. We are also introduced to some new characters from the Sangerye family in the flashback, who are mighty interesting.
The art is breathtaking. The color is perfectly executed to represent the different moods, places, and transitions. My favorite page is with the purple tint beneath the city where all the bodies were found. The creators’ story reveals and also leaves you wanting more. The suspense is killing me but at once, I do not feel poorly informed. I love the idea that misery and pain can feel good but can lead to misguided action. Adro is the perfect representation of that. Additionally, I again appreciate the scholars in the back providing us with some academic reflection on some of the tropes in the book like healing from genetic trauma and the use of “conjuring” to resist injustice. As a package, I am never disappointed in what this trio of Walker, Brown, and Greene serve up. Pure genius.