Bitter Root #8
Rage and Redemption Part Three
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
Backmatter: John Jennings
Very happy to get back in the groove after a long hiatus because of the pandemic. I think this is the most appropriate thing for me to jump back on the saddle given the time we’re in.
Previously on Bitter Root…
Last issue we learned a lot about Dr. Sylvester and his experience immediately his departure from Tulsa. The hurt and loss he felt left him susceptible to the wiles of what he called a “messenger.” Incidentally, his path crosses with a member of the Sangyere family. Meanwhile, the Ma Etta and Enoch try to figure out the continued ailment of the loquacious Berg.
This book is still the most entertaining and inventive creative team in comics today. The images of the Sangyeres and their demon-esque foes are awe-inspiring. What
makes this book so interesting is that most of the “enemies” are people that are possessed. And especially the people that are infected with what seems like a new “virus” (the inzondo) that the Sangyeres are not used to, one they do not have a fifno or treatment for. The characters are out of their element, the elders (Ma Etta & Uncle Enoch) do not have the answers, but they are committed to finding out how with Blink, an accomplished fighter and rootworker. Simultaneously, Blink is dealing with the reunion with her long-thought dead mother and almost immediate separation again as she left Harlem for the South. I love the mix of tensions and love by the family. This will show the strength of the family plus Johnnie Ray, will help them overcome the enemy.
The creators also treated to the “come to Jesus” moment of sorts with Dr. Sylvester and his encounter with a pain-ridden man, who lost his son, falling for Adro’s promise. Adro promises salvation but at what cost? Deep beneath this fantastical story of jinoo and inzodo, the creators ask the question of how do we combat or address the ills of racism? How do we keep ourselves from being consumed by the hurt and pain and try to find some unattainable cure or do we embrace it and sink into chaos? Not a simple set of questions. The team of Greene, Walker, and Brown is a breath of fresh air. I can see, think, hear, and breathe life into a world where there are no secrets in who you’re fighting against. Maybe there’s no cure, or maybe we just haven’t found it yet.