Bitter Root #8
Written by David F Walker and Chuck Brown
Art by Sanford Greene
Colors by Sofie Dodgson
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The family splits up to take on the growing threat in Harlem as well as the growing evil plaguing a small town in Georgia.
Enoch and Blink arm the local police with weapons designed to fight off the jinoo as well as the new threat of the inzondo. Unfortunately, the effects are not permanent and Blink not only worries about the people they are trying to save, but also her mother who has left to travel to the south to find Adro.
Knowing the darkness they are about to ride into doesn’t make the trip any easier as the rest of the family make their way south to fight Adro. To make matters worse, the creature finds fertile ground to feed as the people gather in the aftermath of a vicious, racist attack.
The Story: Bitter Root always does a masterful job of opening the doors of education to readers who might be unfamiliar with certain words and phrases. It gives readers a rare opportunity to look outside the story to the dark history presented in its pages. That dark history is no more prevalent than in the depiction of the Sundown sign. It was an all too real reminder to black people about where they were allowed to go and how safe they would be when they got there. Walker and Brown do an amazing job of tapping into the history and traditions of the black cultural diaspora and the story masterfully touches on the concepts of pain and rage.
The Art: Sanford Greene offers some beautifully detailed panels throughout this issue. The panel progression is amazing and the characters look great. Every panel elicits emotion from the reader and brilliantly transitions from moments of joy to terror.