AQUILA: BLOOD OF THE ICENI

Ro­man Hor­ror Day

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

RE­LEASED 14 JAN­UARY Pub­lisher re­bel­lion

Writer Gor­don ren­nie

Artists leigh Gal­lagher,

Pa­trick God­dard

graphic novel Open­ing with the main char­ac­ter be­ing res­ur­rected af­ter be­ing cru­ci­fied along­side the rest of Spar­ta­cus’s rebel army, Aquila brings an in­trigu­ing Chris­tian an­gle to the usu­ally pa­gan-dom­i­nated fan­tasy genre.

Set around 69AD, it takes place at that cru­cial junc­ture when the old deities were on the verge of giv­ing way to “the Car­pen­ter God”. Though loosely in­spired by the old Tor­nado/2000 AD stal­wart Black­hawk, Aquila owes as much to Sláine. Trans­formed into a su­per­nat­u­ral killing ma­chine by malev­o­lent en­tity Am­mit the De­vourer, the Nu­bian war­rior is a some­times frus­trat­ingly un­know­able blank slate. He also lacks Sláine’s an­ar­chic sense of hu­mour.

This col­lec­tion charts Aquila’s jour­ney from be­sieged Lon­dinium to the Ro­man cap­i­tal it­self, tak­ing in such his­toric fig­ures as Boudicca, Nero and St Peter. Leigh Gal­lagher’s more vis­ceral linework on the first and third sto­ry­lines meshes seam­lessly with sec­ond sec­tion artist’s Pa­trick God­dard’s more pol­ished fin­ishes, and Gor­don Ren­nie’s punchy script of­fers an en­thralling view into this dire world. Stephen Jewell

Af­ter Tor­nado merged with 2000 AD in 1980, Black­hawk was ab­ducted and taken to an space glad­i­a­to­rial arena!

“Here’s one I made ear­lier.”

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