Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Robert Gill Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: July 25, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

AN ALL-NEW EPIC BEGINS! Valiant's sold-out descent into the horrors of the ancient world returns with A BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT from legendary comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) as Antonius Axia, history's first detective, launches into an otherworldly mystery of monsters, magic, and conspiracy at the boundaries of human understanding...

The Roman standard - the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion - was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it... It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire's power...

  • 9.8
    Pastrami Nation - Robert Lamphere Aug 1, 2018

    Everyone knows that Valiant is my favorite company. They believe in Quality over Quantity, and this is another example of that quality. They have top-notch creators producing some of the finest comics out there. I would love to give this issue a 10 out of 10, but the rough transitions and lack of the historical piece following the main story prevent me from giving it a 10. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Jul 25, 2018

    Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 will delight fans of historical fiction and mystery. This strong first issue leaves readers excited to continue the adventure and follow Axia into the unknown. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 24, 2018

    I forgot how psychologically-complex and engrossing Britannia was until I started this new volume. This is a supremely well-executed comic, one I highly recommend to fans of both historical fiction and police procedurals. One issue in, it's just as good as its predecessors. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopCultHQ - Christian Kern Jul 10, 2018

    This series delivers! If you like mystery and a bit of Cthulhu-style investigative horror, then this book is for you! Again, Milligan has crafted a great ancient parallel to Sherlock Holmes, which is fantastic! In today's age with the BBC's Sherlock and America's Elementary,the tale of a modern-day Holmes was becoming rather boring. So here you have Antonius Axia is Sherlock Holmes, Bran is his Doctor Watson and Achillia is very much the Britannia version of Irene Adler. What is even more compelling is Emperor Nero serves as an amalgam of two Holmes characters. One would be Mycroft Holmes, as Nero is constantly assigning orders and missions/"cases", to Antonius while he acts as a sort of Professor Moriarty, always making moves which can make both life and the solving of a mystery hard for Axia. All these aspects make Britannia a cake of excellence and Lost Eagles of Rome is yet another slice of that cake. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Project-Nerd - Anne Jul 30, 2018

    Overall, Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome has definitely caught my attention, and I'm pretty excited to read the next issue that comes out later this year! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Jul 9, 2018

    Peter Milligan returns with another great chapter in the Britannia saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jul 25, 2018

    While this is the first chapter in the third volume, one can start reading here with only minimal trouble; most of what you need to catch up is given to you in the recap page, and the rest you can pick up through the dialogue and narration as Axia navigates his way through ancient Rome. Ultimately, well worth checking out if you're looking for something different from your traditional superhero fair. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick Jul 21, 2018

    While not as gripping an introductory issue as the past two, this is still an excellent issue and a compelling setup to what will surely be another epic story arc. Peter Milligan has more than proved his mastery of the Britannia universe and even with a slower start, I have no reason to think that this storyline won't be just as good. In exchange for the crazy horror and visceral violence, we get a closer look at Antonius' abilities as a detective as well as his growing, yet turbulent relationship with his son. If you've never read any of the Britannia books, definitely read the other two stories first, then pick this one up quick! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Matt Granberry Jul 25, 2018

    A very good start to what is sure to be another win for this series and another win for us fans as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Josh Vermillion Jul 21, 2018

    While this may not be an action-packed first issue, it does give some very interesting setup and provides some good character work for Antonius Axia and friends. The art is good throughout and the story is starting off in an intriguing way. If you're a fan of the Brittania series up to this point, I don't see any reason you wouldn't pick this one up and give it a try. And if you've never read the others, this is a great jumping on point to get invested in the characters. I've been aching for a good detective story lately, and I trust that Peter Milligan will deliver just that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Jul 26, 2018

    Symbols of the might and power of Rome are missing and the Detectioner is on the case. In an overall successful first chapter to another ancient detective story. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jul 30, 2018

    Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 looks like it will be another fine chapter for Antonius. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Logan Schell Jul 25, 2018

    Cons-Feels like evening TV, not much to hook readers in (yet), artwork is missing something, woman yells at crazy Roman emperor with no consequences. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 7, 2018

    Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 is a bit slow-moving at times, but the charms and novelty of the story carries. Antonius is a charming lead, Achillia is fun, and the art is good. I can recommend it in the end. Feel free to give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Jul 25, 2018

    While it takes plenty of time in doing so, the newest Britannia series sets up a great mystery that will compel fans further into the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Linda Codega Jul 29, 2018

    I hope to see more of Antonious's personality in later issues, and I hope the art gets more room to breathe and experiment as we move forward. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I feel like I know this Roman story of corruption, honor, danger, and barbarian lands. Read Full Review

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