Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Juan Jose Ryp Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 26, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 9
8.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Valiant's critically acclaimed, 10-time sold-out magnum opus returns with a brand-new journey into myth and mystery, from comics master Peter Milligan and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp!
Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a Gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds - one
lone warrior against five of Rome's greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now only one match away from winning her freedom, she more

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Zach May 13, 2017

    BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 perfectly melds its detective story, Roman setting, and supernatural elements. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Apr 29, 2017

    Britannia: We Who Are about To Die is another fantastic mini from Valiant that historical fiction and supernatural mystery fans will love. Milligan, Ryp, and D'Armata have created an immersive and bloody whodunit that is well-paced, intriguing, and beautifully illustrated. This is a good hearty read that will leave you wanting more. Isn't that what we're all looking for in a comic?  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 28, 2017

    Even if you missed the debut series, Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 is a wonderfully dark and twisted return to the crime infested pre-fall Rome. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Apr 25, 2017

    Fans of mystery and horror will find much to enjoy about this well-done book and will be clamoring for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Apr 26, 2017

    Overall, Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 is a great follow-up to the first Britannia, and I cant wait for the next issue to drop. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 2, 2017

    It's not for young readers - there's quite a bit of bloodshed here - but for those who don't mind that sort of thing in the telling of a good story, it's well worth seeking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Apr 26, 2017

    The reader will enjoy this combination of horror, gladiator, and detective story all rolled into one. It aptly conveys Rome at it's most sickening and the reader may discover parallels with our own society. If you are a fan of ancient Rome and it's mythology or love the beauty of it's architecture then you may enjoy this book if gore doesn't scare you away. It's a good balance, though, and more than worth sticking it through. There is great potential for a deeper story and message here in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Apr 26, 2017

    AlthoughPeter Milligandelivers a really solid story, the highlight of the comic for me is the art ofJuan Jose Ryp. His hyper-detailed style fits the period, effortlessly captures the Roman citizens in the civilized brutality that we often associate with the time period (and especially the Colosseum), but the way in which Ryp captures Nero's facial expressions hints toward a level of madness and paranoia not seen before in the series. As good as Miligan's story and Ryp's art are separately, the combination of the two elevates this into a must buy comic, whether you've read the first volume or not. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Broken Infinite - Jeremias De Leon Apr 24, 2017

    This comic has some strangeness to it. It wants to be realistic but some of the things it does are exaggerated when it pertains to the gore. It's quite well written though so it's still an intriguing story and quite the page turner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Apr 27, 2017

    "Britannia: Who are About to Die #1" is massive leap forward for the quality of the overall series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Kyle Malone Jul 6, 2017

    Instead, the issue draws to a close with our heroes surrounded on all sides by spear-points and shields. Well have to wait until issue #3 to see can they fight their way free! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Thegreatmagnet Apr 29, 2017

    Overall, I think this was a great first issue. It’s introduced a lot of elements to build the intrigue, and we can only guess how they are connected. So far the magical elements have been fairly minimal, but hopefully they will ratchet things up in the next issue. The first series teased at a lot of ideas, including the connection between Druid magic and Roman magic, so I’m excited to see how this series builds on the ideas and hints laid down in the previous mini. Lots here for the Valiant reader and non-Valiant reader alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 27, 2017

    Britannia: We Who Are About to Die is more than just a hard-boiled detective mystery set in the Roman Empire. It's also an examination of the debauchery of late-stage civilization and the contradiction of a man of reason and deduction being tormented by visions from the gods. Read Full Review

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