Kentucky River by Mauro Boselli and Angelo Stano | Review


Published on Jul 31, 2019


The epic american told by Mauro Boselli and Angelo Stano continued. After the Seven Years ' war (told within the Mohawk River), this time we enter the height of the War of Independence. The history of the Chapman family was already the protagonist of the Mohawk River. And about twenty years away (it was in 1756, now we are in-1775) the path of the protagonists continues to be oriented towards the conflict and the attempt to find peace and independence in America.

The clash that is looming in this new adventure concerns the american colonists against the british. At the side of the british forces have sided with the indians in Shawnee, ready to kill the men of the rebel forces, and to take the hostage women. It is a war over the whole field, in which for sure the master in this story are the stories of the characters of the Chapman family, and of the Rivers.

Mauro Boselli is a fine connoisseur of the history of the West, and the epic american. The aim of telling stories about specific characters, by putting it on the background events really happened in the history of the United States, is definitely intrigued.

Certain, however, is not a simple telling of historical events articulated and complex, placing them inside of interweaving of narrative that have to create some empathy in the reader. And this continues to be the flaw in this cycle of stories of Mauro Boselli. The stories are well told, and the characters fail to immerse themselves in the historical context told, but it lacks that little bit of introspection and in-depth analysis of the protagonists that would greatly benefit the story.

Kentucky River is designed by Angelo Stano, a master of the Sergio Bonelli Editore and Italian comics in general. The touch of Stano in this story is a bit more raw, which is rendered less expressive by the colors made by the same designer. But what is slightly weakened in the stretch of the design is matched by an attention to the expressiveness of the color is quite important.

They can give liveliness to the boards with a color almost watercolor, creating a style that is very close to impressionism. You breathe, therefore, an atmosphere daughter (more or less) of those times, that America at the end of the Eighteenth century, arrived in the middle of the era of the West, but full of battles and territories to conquer.

And moreover, this is the element that gives the charm of those times (otherwise the result of an era in which death and the power struggles were like the master): the idea of being catapulted within the territory of the new, seemingly immense, and all from live and conquer.

The United States (not yet officially recognized as such) are at the end of the Eighteenth century, a promised land, a place full of perspectives, and clearly of interest. In a world In which we live today there are no territories so vast yet to be discovered and live (at least not on this Earth).

Today, the aggression is fear, and is the epitome of drama. But, in an age in which the weapons were still such powerful tools, able to create acts of mass destruction, the military tactics, the courage and the audacity in wanting to prevail are all children of a certain romanticism.

And these are the points on which lever the Kentucky River. Mauro Boselli and Angelo Stano, however, are able to offer the atmosphere of a distant age, and that, despite everything, continues to fascinate, and to be synonymous with adventure and romance.


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