The Snow of Stalingrad | Review


Published on Jan 31, 2018


The last appointment with A Hero for A Battle, the necklace is all Italian from the historical initiative launched by Publishing the Cosmos that has made us relive some of the most pivotal battles in the history of mankind.

This fourth album is titled The Snow of Stalingrad, and brings us back to the Second World War, but on the less-vaunted Eastern Front: Hitler, in fact, has already begun the Operation Barbarossa mobilizing his troops for the conquest of the Soviet Union. Forced stages the nazi army arriving at the gates of Moscow, but will be in Stalingrad, which you will have to fight the decisive battle, the battle which would have changed the fate of the second world war and enshrined the fall of Hitler and the nazi regime.

We are in October 1942. The nazi army is trying to conquer the city of Stalingrad and a group of soldiers of the Red Army finds shelter in a house which has a strategic location to fend off the best the German soldiers, in the basement, however, have found refuge, even the combative Irina and her family who decides to take up the rifle and defend his homeland from invasion.

The clash is infamous: the germans hoped for a blietzkrieg while the russians at the end of his strength resist strenuously waiting for their greatest ally... the cold! With the arrival of winter, in fact, the needle of the balance will hang in favor of the Red Army that will reject definitively the Wehrmacht already in disarray since Hitler was busy on the Western Front to repel the counter-offensive of the US and the Uk were already dealing hard blows to the Third Reich.

And David Rose to the cure lyrics de Snow of Stalingrad, which, as already happened for other books of the series, reduces to a minimum the texts, creating a plot a linear but effective way in which the privileged point of view is that of the leathery Irina though the pin is the ideological conflict between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

The author, in fact, part showing, with harshness, the fighting in Stalingrad more and more battered from the siege, but with the passing of the pages, also manages to highlight the growing difference between the resistance of the Russian and the German invasion. While Irina is often the first to rush into battle urging the soldiers not to surrender, the germans begin to nourish doubts on the Russian campaign, but above all to the possibility that Germany may come reinforcements.

If the russians this resistance will go down in history as the Great Patriotic War, in German the siege will lead to the awareness of a weakness inherent ideological as well as uttered by field Marshal Paulus: “The Fuhrer prefers suicide to surrender...”.

The Pink is so good in the highlight in the finale is not only like the country of Russia was fatal for Hitler, but as it will be decisive for the change of the social and political structure of Europe, but without the proclamations triumphant for the victory of each battle is paid for with a city in ruins, which is the analogy of the perfect of the price paid in terms of human lives.

To illustrate the book there is Valerio Befani that part, in the first half of the album, with a section of the synthesis very effective way to represent very well the character depersonalizing of the war. If the construction of the table for reasons of format, the setting 2×3 seems to be “forced” in war scenes, then, with a skilful use of black-and-white, is used to “dig” figures of almost tragic in a path that goes from the depersonalization to the awareness of a tragic destiny and inexorable.

With the last number, it is proper to make a budget on the whole the necklace A Hero for A Battle. The initiative of Publishing the Cosmos was undoubtedly valuable and worthy of attention but also courageous because he has to propose at the newsstand and stories from the historical and the historical-realistic is always a gamble in view of the “difficulty” of the subject; in this sense, the great work of the curator Giulio A. Gualtieri, who has been able to put together creative teams always effective and capable with provide a personal vision, but “rigorous” of these important historical events.

The necklace is then promoted to a possible “second season”, maybe by changing something in terms of format, to give more freedom to the designers.



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