On the night of the Emperor | Review


Published on Dec 16, 2017


We are in 1812 in Moscow, and Napoleon must face the consequences of his unstable conquest of Russia. The story begins on the night of 15 September (but perhaps in reality it was 16) when Napoleon was woken up to the Kremlin to inform him of a huge fire broke out in the city, and hanged on the orders of the governor of the Russian of Moscow. Because you can't turn it off the same Napoleon must abandon the Kremlin: in the meantime, the discipline among the French troops is definitely less and does not count as looting and violence towards the russians, which Napoleon could do nothing but watch without being able to intervene. As if the problems were not enough, even the double of the emperor, who fears that an attack on his person may have been orchestrated by the internal enemies, he is wounded and kidnapped... now someone will have to save it.

After the volume dedicated to Verdun, the historical memory of the patriotism of the French, the second volume of The great battles of history takes us back in time, but always the object of an episode of the history of France, although here it is a catasfrofe annnunciata, that of the Russian campaign of the Grande Armée.

To write this time we find Patrice Ordas, a specialist in the historical novel, winner of the Prix Beauchamp for his first book, Les griffes de l'hermine. After the collaboration do you with Cothias for Monsieur Nemo et couleurs, Ordas has specialized in adapting to different comic novels of the author , including Ambulance 13, published in Italy by Mondadori Comics in the series Historica. And the author shows his attitude to tell the story without boring, with a good narrative pace. The historical reconstruction is almost perfect, not only with regard to dresses and armies, but also with regard to the expressions of the military, including code words, expressions, and gestures in use among the soldiers.

However, the plot tends some times to dissociate itself, to relate some of the episodes that seem to be independent from one another and is a little homogeneous.

Striking are the designs of Xavier Delaporte, who demonstrates great skill in the representation of the beautiful landscapes and great scenes of battle thanks to its stretch realistic. However, a negative note is found in the ability to distinguish easily the different faces, but this is a flaw that is mostly related to a colour with many nuances, but that confuses the table instead of easier understanding.

The edition of Cosmos features a colour volume that collects the first two volumes of the French (the series is indeed still in progress) in the format bonellide. The problem of the edition is the size of the pages. Since they were already in the original you choose a coloration quite dark (especially in the first part) and nuanced that some times, as said, makes it difficult to recognize faces, the Italian edition aggravates the problem, also because of the paper choice, you are not of the same quality, coated, used in France in the editions of paperboard. Perhaps in this case (and I don't say that often) you would be able to really opt for a black and white edition of the volume.


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