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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... But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome's most highly skilled detachments in battle... and captured their mighty Roman eagles. His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire's finest "detectioner" and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost. But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome's enemies reveal unseen dimensions...and the true power of the legion's lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them...
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Where have the eagles landed? Antonius Axia has survived the wilds of Britain and witnessed the horrors of his own homeland... and now, the trail of Emperor Nero's stolen eagles relics has led him and gladiatrix Achillia to the newly annexed province of Egypt! But, those who once held power in the Fertile Crescent might not be so quick to welcome them... or any other nosy Romans, for that matter! Renowned writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and fan-favorite artist Robert Gill (X-O MANOWAR) follow the LOST EAGLES OF ROME into dangerous territory - and unleash a terrible new threat on the ancient world!
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At last, the mystery of the lost eagles revealed! Deep within the heart of Egypt, there is unrest... and Antonius and Achillia have stumbled right into the middle of it! On the hunt for the Roman Empire's missing banners at the behest of Emperor Nero, history's first detective and his fearsome gladiatrix companion find themselves on the brink of many revelations: Who is responsible for the plagues threatening their Roman brethren? And who is this new revolutionary calling himself Pharaoh? Legendary writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and visceral artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) close Antonius Axia's most incredible case yet as the final chapter of "LOST EAGLES OF ROME" is revealed!
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Three Roman legions lay slaughtered, and, with them, a cache of Rome's most prized possessions has disappeared... The mystery of the Roman Empire's missing relics deepens into a deadly new case for Antonius Axia, history's first detective and the ancient world's sole possessor of the secrets of deduction and psychology. Now, Axia is on the hunt to recover the empire's treasure by any means...and the trail is about to lead him directly into the mystical kingdom of Egypt!
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