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BRITANNIA returns with WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE

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Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp’s sold out Roman Mystery BRITANNIA is due for a sequel. BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE will be a four issue series starting in April. Detector Antonius Axia is back, for more mystery, intrigue, and Gladiatorial combat.

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BRITANNIA2_001_COVER-A_NORDMaster Storytellers Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp Investigate a Harrowing New Prestige-Format Case for the World’s First Detective

As revealed today at io9, Valiant is proud to announce BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4) – a brand-new journey into myth and mystery from comics master Peter Milligan (Shade, The Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (Britannia)! On April 26th, Valiant’s critically acclaimed, ten-time sold-out magnum opus returns with an all-new beginning and a startling new case for Antonius Axia, the world’s first detective… One with a haunting connection to the horrors of Rome’s arena and the very gods themselves…

Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds – one lone warrior against five of Rome’s greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now, only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.

On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the work that Peter and Juan have done in building the captivating and mysterious world of Britannia,” Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons told io9. “Having the marketplace respond to a new character and a new concept with such enthusiasm has been invigorating and emboldened the entire team to take the next series into even more challenging territory. Antonius Axia is a vital and important new addition to the Valiant line, and his next adventure will be an investigation into an unthinkable mystery plaguing the dark heart of Rome, its gods, and its citizens.”

On April 26th, the gods stalk the world of men when the smash-hit, repeatedly sold-out series that pushed the boundaries of the Valiant Universe farther than ever before returns with a must-read new volume presented in the deluxe VALIANT PRESTIGE format in BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Eisner Award winner Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan), Eisner Award nominee David Mack (Daredevil), rising star Adam Gorham (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe), and Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson (100 Bullets)!

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BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4) 
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Character Design Variant by DAVID MACK
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)

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All-New Doop #1 Review

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Release Date: April 9th, 2014

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Written By: Peter Milligan

Art By: David Lafuente

Price: 3.99

Review:

All-New Doop #1 is weird. I like the idea of him floating around the background of the X-Men’s biggest and most hated story where he, I guess, records them all. I thought he would be trolling Battle of the Atom and Milligan was going to be making fun of it. If he did, it went over my head. I don’t really see where this book is headed though.

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We follow Doop thru one the mutants’ biggest storylines recently focusing mostly on Battle for the Atom as he skulks around in the background as a “marginal character”. It feels like that issue of X-Men Legacy where we were introduced to that mutant who everyone completely and totally forgot existed as soon as he was out of sight. Just not as good. That issue was full of detailed emotional exposition and plenty of introspective contemplation while this issue about Doop is just there. Much of Doop’s purpose is implied and I don’t feel like it’s given enough history or details for the reader to determine what exactly he’s supposed to be doing. In one instance he’s recording a battle. In another he’s motivating a healer to fix an injured Cyclops which I’m sure any other X-Man could’ve done. In another part of the story he’s travelling between stories witnessing another argument between the mutants. Then he reaches into himself and…well…that’s it. He doesn’t pull anything out. It just moves to a new part of the story. Maybe he was pulling his “sleeve” up to look at his watch. I don’t know if that was something that went over my head or something that will impact the story later or what. That’s my complaint about this 1st Doop issue. I don’t know what in the hell is going on. I’m confused but not in a cool, mysterious, mad genius with a master plot, kind of way. I’m just really confused. At the end we find out that he’s in love with Kitty Pryde and wants to marry her. At her complaints that they can’t even have a conversation much less get married, the little green booger turns himself inside out, literally. And then he speaks English?! At first I thought he was gonna rock the Yoda speech for a second there but no. Anyway, at least he can talk now so maybe his story will make more sense to me. I actually am looking forward to figuring out just what the hell Doop is.

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The art fits in this his whacky world. The facial expressions on the X-Men are pricless as they interact with each other and Doop especially. Kitty Prydes surprised looks and astonished facial expressions are hilarious when he makes himself known on the battlefield and when he proposes. If Doop continues to bounce around battles and X-Men skirmishes with little to no purpose, at least the art will look awesome.

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Overall this was a strange read and I hope it will be one that fleshes out into more of a storyline instead of Doop randomly doing stuff. And things. I’m interested in the character just because he’s weird but I need to see some kind of reason or motivation for his weirdness to stay interested.


Marvel First Look at ALL-NEW DOOP #1

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The Strangest Mutant of All is Back in ALL-NEW DOOP #1!

 

This April, the weirdest mutant of them all takes center stage in his very own limited series! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at ALL-NEW DOOP #1 – from Doop co-creator and legendary X-writer Peter Milligan and blockbuster artist David Lafuente!

 

Who is Doop? Actually…what is Doop? Living in the margins of the X-Men, Doop’s origins have always remained shrouded in mystery as he hovered around with his video camera – freaking out readers and fellow X-Men alike. But his time has finally come! Where did Doop come from? What is he? All your questions will be answered! And this adventure will prove once and for all that Doop is, in fact, the most powerful X-Man! From the pages of the blockbuster X-Men crossover Battle of the Atom comes the story you didn’t see! Did you know Doop was an integral part of stopping the evil X-Men from the future? Don’t believe us? You will!

 

Don’t miss a new story starring one of the X-Men’s strangest that will have you on the edge of your seat. This April, the Doop shall inherit the Earth in ALL-NEW DOOP #1!

ALL-NEW DOOP #1 (FEB140700)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by DAVID LAFUENTE

Cover by MIKE ALLRED

Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV (FEB140701)

FOC – 03/17/14, On-Sale – 04/09/14

 

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