Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the stands of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any seen before, faces incredible odds as one lone warrior against five of the empire’s greatest.
I’m glad to see the return of this series and these characters – although I probably wasn’t expecting it so soon! Antonius Axia – Rome’s only detective has another interesting case to decipher and this one looks as grim and bloody as the last. This time in Rome, we get more issues with the gods – they seem to be behind the slayings of the high-borns, and also gladiators also seem to be important. One gladiator at least, and she seems to be key to this all. This issue also provides an interesting commentary on the role of women in ancient Rome – powerless, but also powerful – especially where the Vestel Virgins are concerned.
I wonder if this is going to be more magic and myth than actual detective work, the last series really blurred those lines, so it will be interesting to see where this goes.
The art continues to be excellent, with especially striking action and fight scenes – right from the off!
Emperor Nero continues to be an insainly good character!
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