Sister: early adolescence, according to Vivès | Review


Published on Feb 25, 2018


With A Sister publishing house Bao Publishing continues to publish the works of Bastien Vivès, one of the French authors, contemporary and more appreciated both by the public and critics alike. Starting from the web, and his career was launched from the Taste of The Chlorine, and then achieve the final success with Polina. Currently, Bao is by publishing your blog in printed form, and the saga of the arts martians Last Man: all the titles that belong to different kinds, immediately related to the Vivès thanks to its style, the very synthetic, that is capable of making in a few strokes, the attitudes of the characters.

With A Sister Vivès decides to tell the early adolescence through the character of Antoine, a thirteen-year-old Paris, who spends summer holidays in a house by the sea, with his family. With him there is the brother, Titi, and together we spend our days on the beach, searching for crabs and to draw Pokémon.

Their small universe, anchored to the light-heartedness of childhood, is destined to change when the parents of Antoine offer the hospitality of Sylvie, a friend of the family, and to his daughter, Helene, at the age of sixteen. The mothers of Antoine and Helene have in common the fact of having both dealt with the trauma of a miscarriage, something that draws the two people: Antoine, he could be the brother that Helene has never had, and Helen's sister who is Antoine and Titi have lost (hence the title of the work).

Antoine and Helene have only three years of difference, but at that age, are an abyss. Antoine is still a child, while the girl is in the whirlwind of adolescence: fights constantly with her mother, smokes, drinks alcohol and spends a lot of time on the phone. For Antoine it's like an alien, a mythical creature to study with attention (this is not a case that attempts to draw his portrait, without succeed): through you, has the opportunity to enter the world of puberty, of the transgression of youth and sexual attraction.

At the same time, Helene finds solace in the bond that is tightening with Antoine, ever more closely: and in fact, is reassuring his presence and in his company I feel I can fit a little time in the sphere of childhood, from which he moved away, finding relief from the inner conflicts that tormented her.

The tale fluid of Vivès, the fact that dialogues are essential, and a narrative structure is very linear, and takes the reader up to an ending that, however, seems of a sudden, despite being “announced” several times in the course of the comic (since the beginning you know that Helene and her mother remain in the house, Antoine's only for a week).

The narration is simple, match with the graphic synthesis of the style of Vivès, characterized by a design that was able to tell in a few instinctive traits: the light and the mood of each scene are captured with a few brush strokes of gray.

Even with A Sister, Vivès prove you can do less than draw the eyes, considered to be the element most expressive of the entire human body: in fact, his skill consists precisely in the fact that it does not need to represent the face in its entirety, and tell of the anxieties of its characters.

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