AQUILA: BLOOD OF THE ICENI
Roman Horror Day
RELEASED 14 JANUARY Publisher rebellion
Writer Gordon rennie
Artists leigh Gallagher,
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.”