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The melancholy of the Song of The Waves | Review

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Published on Nov 12, 2017

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The Song of the Waves is the third comic that makes up the TIMED, the cross media project created by Lucio Staiano – founder of Shockdom, and author of the Noumenon – which has the “mission” to create a superhero universe on the model of the american one, with authors and designers, aims to enrich it with stories of different styles and genres, and all this still keeping the stories separate, to be read independently from the others. After Rio 2031 (Giuseppe Andreozzi, Gabriel Picolo) and Screw the Paper (Giulio Rincione, Marco Rincione), the universe TIMED now is enriched with the drawings of Jessica Cioffi, better known as Loputyn.

But what is it TIMED?
TIMED, designed to be both a universe of paper that, a game of augmented reality (realized in collaboration with Joinpad and presented during the last Milan Games Week), is set in a near future to our own time, characterized by a new form of State: in fact, they form the so-called Spread, governed by multinational corporations. In this new political climate, able to create many tensions between the different Countries, they also live in the TIMED, people from the superhuman abilities that are called so for two reasons: their power has a time limit, and when this ends, are destined to die.

In the Song of The Waves, written by Marco Rincione (the Ducks and the already mentioned Screw of Paper) and illustrated by Loputyn (Francis, Cotton Tales, the young protagonist is a TIMED, even if he is still conscious: Claudia, an inhabitant of Trieste, dangerous and in decay, is in fact capable of listening to the stories and the songs coming from the sea. Between these songs especially that of the Habsburgs, a guy whose voice attracts more and more Claudia towards the waves, his family, and a city hostile, however, seem willing to keep them separated...

In fact, the plot of the Song of The Waves is quite vague, poorly defined and with a high-performance and confused. The strong point of this comic should definitely be the designs that, however, as to pleasing, however, are not at the height of the Cotton Tales, and Francis: the style of Loputyn is usually more detailed and attentive to details, while this volume seems to be more hurried, as much as graceful. Also the character of the characters are just sketched and not fully comprehend the relationship between Claudia and the Habsburgs.

Surely the context of TIMED is intriguing, but this is not enough to make the Song of The Waves or a title to recommend: probably doesn't help the fact that the protagonists live in a city that is not part of the Spread, which is the core of the universe TIMED, and one of the most interesting features of the project.

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