Bitter Root #1 Review

Writer: David Walker/Chuck Brown
Artist: Sanford Greene
Colorist: Rico Renzi/Sanford Greene
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

What more could you ask for in a comic book? This series is set during the Harlem Renaissance with a mix of horror. When I first heard this book announced a few months ago, I was already sold on it because of the premise. Once I found out Sanford Greene and David Walker were collaborating again, I knew that this series would be amazing. The first issue lays a lot of groundwork, but it’s the action and compelling story that make this a great debut issue.

The Sangeyre family is the big draw to the book because they’re all different characters. It all begins with Ma Etta, who is leading the family against the Jinoo. She must make sure Berg, Cullen, and Blink are prepared for the evils they might face. Berg and Cullen are just are wonderful duo because Cullen seems so calm and relaxed, but Berg seems high strung and always on edge. They complement each other perfectly, and I can’t wait to see more of their dynamic. Blink stands out above them all because she has the brain and the brawn to handle herself and the Jinoo but is being held back by Ma Etta. Ma Etta is trying to protect her because of a past mistake she made, but she may be doing Blink more harm than good.

The Harlem Renaissance is the perfect setting for this book. It was thriving time for the arts in Harlem, but racism was still very much alive. It’s the racism and cruelty that give life to the Jinoo in this series, and it was on full display in this first issue. Whether it be two white cops or KKK members in the south, this series will be filled with plenty of enemies for the Sangeyre family to battle with. Cullen and Berg got a taste of what’s to come, and it will certainly not be pretty.