Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome is the third Britannia mini-series about Antonius Axia, Emperor Nero’s (reluctant) “detectioner” and history’s first private eye. Antonius is also the survivor of a demonic encounter and all too familiar with things that go bump in the night, so Britannia tends to cross-pollinate across the genres of detective, horror and historical fiction.
Lost Eagles of Rome concerns what happens when three Roman detachments fall to a barbarian horde in the German forests and Nero dispatches Antonius to retrieve the eagle standards those detachments were carrying. Of course, there might be something worse than barbarians lurking in that forest…
“The barbarian forest closing in all around,” says author Peter Milligan. “For the Romans a disaster, for the Germans – a great triumph. When I saw this incredible art I was time-traveled back two thousand years…into the heart of this terrible battle.”
Official PR follows, and the art:
BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1 (of 4)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by BRIAN THIES
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK
B&W Sketch Variant by CARY NORD
AN ALL-NEW EPIC BEGINS! Valiant’s sold-out descent into the horrors of the ancient world returns with A BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT from legendary comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) as Antonius Axia, history’s first detective, launches into an otherworldly mystery of monsters, magic, and conspiracy at the boundaries of human understanding…
The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…
But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.
His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.
But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JULY 25th (FOC – 7/2/18)
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