Britannia, the 2016 miniseries from Valiant Comics that sold out a total of 10 times across its four issues is coming back for a second series, written by Peter Milligan and drawn by Juan Jose Ryp. Featuring a former Roman centurion who is now something of a proto-detective, the first series sent Antonius to the remote island of Britain to investigate the work of an angry god, while this new series promises to show us the “horrors of Rome’s arena and the very gods themselves”. Britannia: We Who Are About To Die will feature a female gladiator, Achillia, who might prove a lightning rod for unrest among the women of Rome as strange visions and murders plague the city. Could the god Apollo actually be responsible?
Here are our covers for issue #1 by Cary Nord, David Mack, And Dave Johnson:
Valiant describe the series’ plot thus:
Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the Coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds – one lone warrior against five of Rome’s greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the Coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now, only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.
On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.
And here’s a look at the interior art on issue #1 by Juan Jose Ryp!
Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 arrives in prestige format in shops on April 26th, 2017, and reaches FOC on April 3rd.