Chaos Across Harlem In Bitter Root #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Berg has been turned into some kind of beast, and both Blink and Ma are unsure of how to cure him. He’s not like a Jinoo they’ve seen before, and he’s threatening to break loose and rampage through the Harlem. Outside, a riot has already broken out in Harlem, and the police are taking this as an opportunity to beat on its residents. Down in Mississippi, Mr. Sangerye and his new apprentice find another sort of creature in a cabin. Finally, Dr. Sylvestre and Knightsdale believe they have a new cure for the creatures infesting our world.

Bitter Root #3 cover by Sanford Greene and Jarreau Wimberly
Bitter Root #3 cover by Sanford Greene and Jarreau Wimberly

Bitter Root #3 kicks things up a notch with the Sangerye family seemingly falling apart from within and a new threat hovering over our world.

It’s a wall-to-wall action issue. Cullen, Blink, and Ma have to beat down the creature that was once Berg to keep him tame, the Sangerye down in Mississippi has a beast of his own to fight, and Harlem has fallen into utter chaos thanks to the recent deaths of police at the hands of Jinoo exacerbating the police’s hatred of the Harlem African American population.

This makes Bitter Root #3 an especially easy read, as you’re drawn forward by the intensity and kineticism of it all. Each page draws you into the next, and that’s one of the best qualities a comic book can have.

Bitter Root #3 art by Sanford Greene, Rico Renzi, and letterer Clayton Cowles
Bitter Root #3 art by Sanford Greene, Rico Renzi, and letterer Clayton Cowles

Sanford Greene’s artwork helps this a lot as well. His style favors a lot of motion and action, and it shines especially in this issue. Claws, staffs, fists, and batons fly in this book, and Greene makes sure it all has impact. He and Rico Renzi contribute some fantastic color work as well. The dark blues, greens, and purples throughout the book give Bitter Root a distinct atmosphere that suits the strangeness of the threat the Sangerye’s face.

Bitter Root #3 continues this book’s continuing uphill climb in quality. Each issue is more exciting and compelling than the last, and it’s accomplished through great plotting from David F. Walker and phenomenal artwork from Sanford Greene and Rico Renzi. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Bitter Root #3 comes to us from writer David F. Walker, artist Sanford Greene, color artists Greene and Rico Renzi, letterer Clayton Cowles, and cover artist Sanford Greene with Jarreau Wimberly.

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