Bitter Root #3: Capsule Review


Title: Bitter Root #3

Publisher: Image Comics

Creators: David F Walker, Chuck Brown, Sanford Greene

Colorist: Rico Renzi & Sanford Greene

Letterer: Clayton Cowes

Cover: Sanford Greene & Jarreau Wimberly

Review: ★★★★☆

Some books are more enjoyable when you figure out there’s more going on then what the initial story leads. The Sangerye family hunt Jinoo. It’s a possession sort of affection that can be cured by special roots(meaning 1). Issue #3 has us dropped into three different sequences. The Sangerye’s are dealing with Berg with leads them to an old relative. Uncle Enoch is the relative with a questionable past gives us questions. Within the story jumping back and forth we get some battle action from grandma. It’s nice the cover doesn’t mislead the reader.  The 2nd scene takes us back to Northern Mississippi and another Sangerye relative. He faces a literal monster and one of hatred. The book is harsh about the prejudices of the old. The use of the word “niggra” is somewhat startling but makes it’s point about how “bitter” the concept can be. The last scene takes us to Harlem. The local police are using excessive force against the locals. The scene makes no sense as to why they are being so brash without evidence. The end gives us a focus to understand the violence and see another potential meaning. I truly enjoy the art of Sanford Green. The characters aren’t too exaggerated that we question their place in space. Green provides details to almost every panel. It’s nice to see the demons in clairty.  An angel of retribution appears in force in the Harlem scene to gives us a bloody end that’s fitting for the demons. It also gives us a great longing for what’s next in this story.


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