Get your first look at one of Valiant’s new series from storyteller Peter Milligan and artist Juan Jose Ryp.
A legionnaire-turned investigator ventures from the height of civilization into the ancient pagan lands of Britannia to seek out the dark monstrosities that lurk beyond the bounds of Rome’s bloodied empire.
In the year 65 A.D. a legionnaire rule by the fates, manipulated by the Gods, and commanded by Caesar realizes one’s own destiny is not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, Antonius Axia, the First Detective, is dispatched to the farthest reaches of Rome’s colonies to investigate unusual happenings. However, his investigation will lead him to become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.
“Since reading I, Claudius by Robert Graves as a teenager, I’ve been fascinated by the Roman world, and how that world affected these British Isles, pretty much obliterating the ancient Druid religion that had long existed until then,” writer Peter Milligan told The A.V. Club. “With the idea of Antonius Axia, I had a way into this story that had been waiting for me to write for some time.”
Milligan and Ryp will lead Antonius Axia on a psychological journey into terror, temptation and bloodshed.
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Britannia #1 will feature covers from Cary Nord, Lewis LaRosa, Andres Guinaldo, Ryan Lee, and Dave Johnson. It will hit comic book shelves this September!