Bitter Root #10
Rage and Redemption Conclusion
Created by: David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, & Sanford Greene
Color Artist: Sofie Dodgson
Lettered by: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Sanford Greene
Variant Cover Artists: Francis Vallejo & Ivan Montoya
Backmatter: John Jennings
Previously on Bitter Root…
Battling in the state of Georgia, Adro continues to amass an army of the sorrowful. Fueled by a cocktail of hatred, sadness, and vengeance, the inzondo confounds the police, Ma Etta, and the rest of the Sangerye family. Blink tries to seek help for the overwhelming threat from other communities of color, particularly friends in Chinatown, but Enoch warns of the fact that segregated habits die hard. The battle continues…
I’m going to be transparent that it has been a rough couple of months with all of the things going on in our country and our world. But it is works of art like Bitter Root, Lovecraft Country, and other manifestations of Black genius that keep me going.
To break with some tradition, I want to begin talking about the breathtaking art of this book for this issue and prior issues of this series. I think the characters have a distinct life and character that aren’t seen much with melanated folks in comics. Sofie does an excellent job with the color palettes and how each scene shines, even when in the dark. I appreciate the brightness, the darkness, the pain, and the terror.
Tensions rise to a head in Hopeville, Georgia. There are some grave sacrifices and some mysterious allies emerge. I was in suspense with every panel. The audience has been waiting to see whether or not Adro or his army would consume our root-working heroes. This issue gives us an answer. If reading war novels in college had taught me anything, it’s that war is hell and there will always be casualties. Even in the most gut-wrenching moments, I am still enthralled in the story and it keeps surprising me or providing such satisfying ends. There was a moment where something terrible happened and then the next moment, I chuckle to myself at some of the reactions of folks like Cullen. We conclude sorts but not without a lot of lingering questions. Love a good conclusion that keeps me wanting more! This will not be the last of the Sangeryes and friends. There is still much more work to do.