Dampyr 229 – Kurjak, the Vampire | Review


Published on Apr 08, 2019


We arrived at a turning point? Can the companion of a thousand battles, of Harlan Draka rebel against? Kurjak, the Vampire is a book that is particularly meaningful to Dampyr. The touch of the narrative of John Gregory (prolific author of Dylan Dog) helps to exit from the usual cloth dampyriano, offering a story that manages to make variations on the traditional theme of the struggle between Harlan and the Masters of the Night. Gregory manages to offer a story with several twists, and, above all, an internal struggle within the solid group of Dampyr. An item new and capable of raising the level of the narrative of the comic.

Dampyr and his group are in Botswana, where around a demon known as Mpule (also called Huwe). But, in the midst of poachers, vampires, and shamans, african, Harlan Draka is facing Kurjak, his longtime friend and companion of a thousand adventures which, for a time, you'll end up on the same side of the demons, which usually has always faced from the opponent.

Kurjak, the Vampire could represent a projection towards the future. Dampyr is a series from the plot typical, which offers few but significant variations on the theme. The transition to the next phase (in the future) might just be this: a Dampyr only, and unable to find real allies. A Dampyr, he borderline forced to make difficult decisions, appearing ambiguous, even to the same player.

Perhaps, the maestro Mauro Boselli (writer and curator of the series), will never take very seriously this type of perspective, but Kurjak, the Vampire proves the fact to break that barrier thin between friends and enemies, of Harlan, is able to create a leap in emotional and narrative very interesting. May be this is the future of the series, Harlan Draka (perhaps due to a long history in continuity with these features)? We'll see.

In the meantime we can enjoy this new album which is, of course, the readers dampyriani most loyal will remember for a long time, and that the newbies will appreciate it for the ability to intrigue and surprise.

To accompany the text by Gregory there are drawings of Fabio Bartolini, which is able to further raise the level of the story with its interesting creative touches. Bartolini, in fact, is very attentive to details, and gives of his best in the shades of the individual cartoons, thanks to backgrounds able to offer a background to the effect, that deserve to be watched and reviewed.

In short, this is another great roll of the series, Dampyr, that can, in the respect of tradition, to place some type of innovation. I wonder if the readers dampyriani, after this album, they feel the desire and the need to read more stories of this kind, full of nuances are blurred between good and evil. Harlan Draka in Kurjak, the vampire is truly in crisis, gripped by doubts and fears like never seen before. In some ways, the experience dylandogofila of John Gregory gave to Harlan Draka, in this album, some nuance of the Investigator of the Nightmare, adding even more character.

The path towards the future of Dampyr is enriched with new possibilities, and Kurjak, the Vampire, is a register of the decisive from this point of view. The next stories of Harlan Draka may be truly full of surprises.

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