Alive and kicking Vol. 2 – I Hate Palm | Review
A tomato has been killed tonight. And so begins the second and last volume, branded of course, BAO Publishing, Live-and-Vegeta, entitled, in a manner equally precise Hate of Palma.
The District of Plants, in eternal conflict with the District of the Flowers, is in turmoil. The arrival of the Palm trees, fleeing from the human world and the witch hunt implemented vis-à-vis of the oil they produce, have broken a balance already precarious, and the party of the Evergreen driven by the mad leader Salvius feeds a hate campaign unprecedented, and 10 years after the events of the first volume, the spectrum of the Worshippers of the Shallot stretches again over the kingdom of the plants but this time its contours still seem to be the most frightening and radically extreme.
The two cops Pepper and Basil begin to investigate the murder, discovering that it is only the tip of the iceberg, a conspiracy that unites in a way absurd superstition and rationality, with politics and “religion”. But Lyco, this is the name of the tomato, was also linked to the group of flowers that just 10 years before had fought against the Worshippers, and, above all, was related to the hero of the “company” cactus Carl... cactus believed to be dead years ago by his friends and which now, however, despite his will to fight for the whole of the vegetable kingdom, even if he has lost hope over that the reason to live.
As to the conspiracy will be played out and the threat will materialize in all its drama, Carl will have to make a painful inner journey, not only to foil the terrible plan but also to be reconciled with his “friends” and, above all, with himself. The ending is obvious but not so obvious as it might appear because it conveys a message that is tremendously relevant today: to change reality we must first change ourselves and our way of thinking.
I hate to Palma is, without a shadow of a doubt, a story that to call it ambitious would be a mere understatement.
Francesco Savino radicalizes – attention to this word, which is perhaps the pivot of the whole narrative structure of the book – the themes already exposed in the first volume. There, however, the blow did not come, deliberately?, sank giving way to a story at times dream – like- to refresh your memory, the full review can be found HERE – while in this volume the instances of socio-political, fundamental, and a terrifying actuality.
The events of the book, in fact, are triggered by leveraging the artifact xenophobia drafted by Salvius, a rhetoric sadly current, and for us, the family, and used to distract the population of the plants from its real intent.
For certain aspects, the author makes his own the lesson of a certain narrative to comics colored policy – I am speaking of the first authors british as Jamie Delano rather than Alan Moore, and especially of a certain argentine comic as the duo Munoz/Sampayo, Hatred of Palma recalls in some situations, the initial few steps of Alack Sinner, and, above all, Héctor Oesterheld – this is because you never lose sight of the intimate nature of which the political dimension is mere expression.
To half volume, in fact, the political drama enlarges, becomes social, and Carl in his arduous path to redemption becomes a symbol of redemption for all those who do not want to surrender to a “bad” reality.
The solution narrative of Savino is not easy but it is rewarding even just in the detachment between the social dimension and the personal, the author loses for a moment the knob of the narration with a step a little too sudden, which takes a few pages to get into its groove.
Mature also in an evident way the pencils by Stefano Simeone. His trait is now more confident and determined while maintaining a recognizable style made of thin lines and tapered, however, the setting is more “urban” seems to galvanizzarlo confronted immediately with the personality of the new characters, and playing, especially in the first half of the album, with the shots borrowed from the great detective serials but reinterpreted in a personal and effective way, making the reading dynamic and fluid. In the second part of the stroke is slightly more nervous and stylized by the most introspective of the story.
The book ends with the stories in the appendix, done by the same Simeon, and from The Tram that serve as a sort of prequel to the main story. Fits perfectly for the content but especially for the style of the graph with respect to the main part that of The Tram that illustrates a story set in the purple lights with the “matitoso” and pastel colors.
As always impeccable care carto-technical volume, in the classic format “BAO”, column, with fins.
If you Live and Vegeta was not among your readings, the output of the second and concluding volume is a welcome chance to recover one of the best series produced in Italy in the last years and especially for his disarming actuality and concreteness.
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