Bitter Root #8 (REVIEW)

Jun 10, 2020

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Bitter Root #8: Rage & Redemption Part Three
Image Comics

Creators: David F Walker, Chuck Brown, Sanford Greene
Color Artist: Sofie Dodgson
Letter: Clayton Cowles

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I doubt there has ever been a time when a comic book mirrors the time in which we live. Either you understand the message or you don’t. The story in this issue manages to touch on a few issues that have echoed for generations and that we still deal with today. A “bitter root” in the hearts of men is a very real thing.

Depicting a scattered family, the combination of Walker, Brown and Greene don’t waste time with catch ups. Conversations provide context while creating the atmosphere that speaks to mythical and modern monsters. It is with burdened hearts and minds that each of the Sangeyre members converse.

Kicking off the hunt, Blink is tasked with the healing in Harlem. I couldn’t help but feel saddened when Enoch spoke of the serums limitations. It is after this revelation that Blink breaks down her speech indicating the familiar feelings of hopelessness.

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Sofie Dodson provides stunningly beautiful art from opening to ending. I felt myself experiencing the cool calm of Harlem. As the story flowed to Georgia I was amazed how I noticed a sense of the heat and humidity that is the south. The amazing illustrations carry over to the characters as well. The pages with Dr Sawyer in Georgia displayed such agony on his face it recalls the pain felt too often, unanswered. The Chris Visions cover captures the message the issues contains paying iconic homage.

Even in the moments of levity during the trip down to Georgia, Bitter Root 8 still layers so much depth. Johnnie Ray questioning the sign into town with such naivete, asking why, is so familiar. I too noticed how Cullen and Berg each viewed the outsider of Johnnie Ray. One accepting of any help, the other skeptical and uninviting.

Both the final panel and its words caused me to pause. The glee on the face of the infected along with the proclamation pose a serious question.

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