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Bitter Root #1 Comic Review

Bitter Root is a comic with something to say. If you think you’ve read a comic before with a secret meaning, then read Bitter Root and think again.

Writer: David Walker, Chuck Brown
Artist: Sanford Greene
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: November 14, 2018

Official Description

In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York—and the world—from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family must heal the wounds of the past and move beyond their differences… or sit back and watch a force of unimaginable evil ravage the human race.

DAVID F. WALKER and SANFORD GREENE, the creative team of Power Man and Iron Fist, along with indie veteran CHUCK BROWN (Trench Coats, Cigarettes and Shotguns) bring you 24 action-packed pages of monsters, mayhem, and family dysfunction in a brand-new ongoing series.

BITTER ROOT Cover As by SANFORD GREENE will be connecting through the first story arc.


Bitter Root is a comic series with something to say. This is not always or even usually the case with most comic series out there. Walker and Brown are not afraid to tackle some seriously sensitive areas that a lot of authors (or publishers for that matter) tend to stay away from and by doing so they set themselves far above most new comic series I had the chance to read.

Some of the subjects Bitter Root is so elegantly touching is racism and gender equality. How racism, and I quote the authors

It is an ignorant, vile, viscous monster that lurks in humanity’s past, present and, sadly in our future. Bitter Root takes this monster and gives it a face and a body and an uncontrollable desire to kill.

Chuck Brown & David F. Walker

So while reading the first of, hopefully, many issues to come we get to realize that this is not just a simple adventure comic. This has something deeper embedded into it. Slowly we get to figure out that the monster might not exactly be what it seems and the hunters are not just killing off their pray but their job is to free the humans from that monstrosity that somehow gets them and transforms them.

Maybe freeing them from that ignorant, vile, viscous monster is Chuck’s and David’s interpretation of freeing people from the notion of racism that somehow engulfed a lot of people.

I think that talking about this comic just won’t do it enough justice. If you haven’t read it yet then I beg of you do so now.

Written by Angelos Savvaidis

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