As discovered in a hidden message in the back of Britannia #4 by Bleeding Cool’s Rumormonger-in-Chief and professor of symbology Rich Johnston, Valiant is bringing back Britannia in 2017. Now, thanks to a press release, we know the name of that sequel, Britannia: We Who Are About To Die. From the Britannia creative team of Peter Milligan and Juan José Ryp, the new series will hit stores on April 26th, which just so happens to be an X-O Manowar Wednesday.
We think. If only we had a calendar that could confirm this.
Though Britannia was a hit with readers, as reported by Bleeding Cool, it was plagued with sellouts, with the publisher running out of copies ten times over the course of the four issue series and needing to embarrassingly go back to press and print more. Hopefully, Valiant has learned from this experience and will print one billion copies of Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1. It’s the only financially responsible thing to do.
Here’s Valiant’s description of the book:
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 has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.
On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.
Britannia: For Those About To Rock We Salute You #1 will come with covers by Cary Nord, David Mack, and Dave Johnson, as pictured below, as well as one by Adam Gorham and a blank variant so Frank Cho can draw boobies on it and sell it for a thousand bucks on ebay.
BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Character Design Variant by DAVID MACK
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)