The golden Age Vol. 1 of Pedrosa and Moreil | Review


Published on Sep 26, 2018


We are in the middle Ages, more or less in the FIFTEENTH century. Tilda is the natural heir of the kingdom, after the death of his father. However, because of a conspiracy of the palace, led by the future monarch Vaudémort, displaced from the succession to the throne and replaced by his younger brother, with the consent of the queen.

The princess is, therefore, alone to the court, with the exception of his faithful friends Tankred and Bertil; it can only accept exile on the island of Malefosse and, then, leave the castle, accompanied only by a few faithful servants. However, Tilda has a strong character and certainly has not given up the intention to resume what his father, the king, had left the throne. Her soon will be added also Tankred and Bertil, who believe in her and will try to accomplish his purposes. Thus beginning their adventures to bring in the kingdom that is considered “the golden Age”...

We are faced apparently with a story that wants to be the heir of a modern novel, medieval, the result of a centuries-old tradition has developed its own in France settentronale, but that much also owes to the tradition of the occitanica of the south; and he succeeds very well, not only thanks to the topics, but also to the graphic style adopted.

The story at the beginning seems rather trite: a princess, the legitimate heir to the throne, is substituted by a conspiracy of the palace, a plot by a noble evil, and is forced to exile. But don't stop at the first pages, because the plot then expands, and not a little, involving characters that are well studied and show to be people with their own ideals and their own thoughts, but all linked by a manuscript, The golden Age. For example, Bertil, that in the first few pages might be the typical interpreter of the ideals of courtly love to the princess, proves to be a man of progressive and modern, that he would not renounce to assert their thoughts, to make happen what he believed to be right that it happens.


And there is also space for a vision of a feminist of a Municipality, at a time when obviously what was hardly conceivable. As modern is also the figure of the princess, that had no need of the prince classic, but learn that you cannot do it all alone (another detachment from the idea of the hero without blemish). Everything moves, then, in a climate in which the people will see in revolution the only hope to not suffer any more the oppression of the powerful, without the guarantees of the law (a pre-class struggle).

Roxanne Moreil, and Cyril Pedrosa, therefore, are able to insert their own thoughts and their own vision in the characters, trying to reflect the reader about the different visions of the world that animate the protagonists, and for which all strive, right or wrong (but however modern it may seem.

However, what manages to give the idea of being immersed in a novel, the medieval art of Cyril Pedrosa (Portugal), which is mainly characterized by a masterful use of color and an artistic reference which refers precisely to the books, illuminated manuscripts, precisely, of invoice, medieval, and managed to immerse the player in these distant atmospheres and fantastic, which, however, come in tables that are dynamic, also the result of the experience that Pedrosa has matured in the world of animation, even for Disney (Hercules).


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