Graphically powerful Bitter Root, from Image, continues the story of an evil force stalking Harlem. Writers David F Walker, and ChuckBrown, with Sanford Greene on art and colours with Rico Renzi, bring us the second chapter of this tale from the 1920’s America.

Alternating between Mississippi and New York City, we see racism, hate, cultural identity and the supernatural all coming together. It’s a lot to handle, but the creative team knocks this one out of the park. The art and drama are compelling. Big shapes, big shadows, and lots of mayhem.

The colouring in this issue is especially strong. The colourists know where they are going with colour: it is used in big handfuls, enhancing the drama, and making for some really dynamic panels!

In addition to this mix of elements, there is additional historical text at the end of the story, to help illuminate some of black America’s past. It’s a sweet ending for the skilled telling of Bitter Root.

Image, BItter Root #2, $3.99 for 28 pages of content. Mature rating

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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