Bitter Root #12
Written by David F Walker and Chuck Brown
Art by Sanford Greene
Colors by Sofie Dodgson
Letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
The Rundown: With the family split dealing with growing threats, Ma Etta decides that new leadership is needed.
Cullen and Ford find themselves in trouble outside Memphis when their mission to console the family of Johnny-Ray runs into trouble from a murderous tree creature and a Jinoo taking control of one of the dead man’s family. At the same time, Ma Etta is preparing something for those gathered at the home and her preparations reveal that there is something bothering her about the state of the family and their current fight. Concerns that will lead her to make a decision about the family and who should lead it.
Blink confronts Charlie about his time in Barzakh and he tells her about the tragic circumstances that kept him there. Circumstances that led he and Sylvester to learn everything they could about their enemy. Enoch makes a discovery that could tip the scales in the fight against the Jinoo, but an attack might make it a discovery that he takes to the grave.
The Story: Walker and Brown make some big changes to the Sangeyre family in this issue and those changes have some great dramatic and narrative potential. I love the tone and pace of this issue. There are so many great character moments to be had and the story is both revelatory and exciting. I felt engaged with the plot and the characters so much that the cliffhanger ending left me shook.
The Art: Greene delivers some beautiful visuals throughout the issue. Even in the quiet moments with characters, there is an energy to the imagery. A gorgeous looking issue.