Title: Bitter Root #3
Writer: Chuck Brown, David F. Walker
Pencils: Sanford Greene
Colors: Rico Renzi, Sanford Greene
Cover: Sanford Green, Jarreua Wimberly
Publication Date: January 9, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: With violence erupting on the streets of Harlem and his cousin possessed by a demonic force, Cullen Sangerye reaches out for help from an estranged family member. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, Ford Sangerye fights for his life at the gateway to Hell.
The supernatural forces at work are intensifying, increasing the violence in Harlem. Unable to find an answer to the madness, Cullen is forced to reach out to an unlikely ally for help. Meanwhile, Ford’s situation in Mississippi has turned particularly precarious. As chaos ensues, the Sangerye family will have to act fast if they want to stop the evil flooding into the world.
Chuch Brown and David F. Walker continue to build a dark and complex story in Bitter Root #3. Thus far, Bitter Root has explored the darker aspects of human nature. However, in Issue #3 the human and supernatural converge, depicting a truly violent world. These supernatural elements amplify the more realistic elements, presenting a world that is wholly originally with current day issues.
As the series continues, the pair’s scripting becomes more complex, adding new layers to the story. The pacing is steady, as the story switches between perspectives, increasing the suspense with each panel.
Sanford Greene’s art remains consistent. The panels range from chaotic to frantic, reflecting the energy of Brown and Walker’s words. Greene’s art builds on Brown and Walker’s words, adding to the emotional pressure of the issue.
The Bottom Line:
Bitter Root #3 is another intensely dark issue. Brown and Walker’s script is biting and intense, drawing on the supernatural to convey a deeper story.