The Sun of Austerlitz | Review
After having lived through the campaigns of conquest roman the last month with The Rain of Alesia – our review here – the necklace, the historical Italian Publishing Cosmos, A Hero for A Battle, takes us into the heart of the Europe of the NINETEENTH century and more precisely during the napoleonic wars.
With The Sun of Austerlitz relive the homonymous battle, also called the three emperors, which is passed to the history as the greatest success achieved by Napoleon in his military career and has taken on a stature that is almost mythical in the epic of napoleon.
The battle that saw the French troops from one side and Russian-austrian on the other is “narrated” by two shooters Jean and Gabriel animated by those that are the ideals of the French Revolution where Napoleon is believed to be the natural heir, his battles, in fact, are perceived as necessary to break down the “old speed” which, in the eyes of the French people had to eradicate in the whole of Europe.
The battle then is lived out in all its impetus from the French soldiers who, with their enthusiasm will throw themselves headlong fend off the assaults of the enemy. Will be the soldiers themselves, to live dramatically the finesse tactics of Napoleon: after weakened deliberately on the right side the Emperor, in fact, will point straight to the center of the formation of the Russian-austrian of obtaining the victory, a victory that among other things changed the structure of its geographical Europe and a few months later sanctioned the end of the Holy Roman Empire.
The heart theme de The Sun of Austerlitz is so clear and ideally connects to the register above: with the passing of the pages, and the worsening of the conflict, in fact, the distance between the soldiers and the general is getting worse more and more. What initially appeared to be a joint effort motivated by the most noble sentiments – explanatory in this sense is the quote from Jean just of the speech with which Napoleon himself to the troops, confirming that if there were any need for himself would have to take the field – it begins to become unbalanced, to the detriment of those on the field are living in moments of absolute brutality.
The entrance on the scene of Napoleon does not increase this sense of “separation”: the Emperor is sure of his tactics, has foreseen everything, but also the possible losses, but it is not so much the foresight to surprise the young rifleman come into his presence to warn him of the difficulties on the right side, but rather his ruthlessness. At the end of the battle, in fact, the leader seems to give a severe lesson to Jean, or that all soldiers, even those defeated, they are men, but the register will conclude subverting without hesitation this assumption.
The long sequences set on the field of battle, which form the backbone of the album they take a value that's terrible: war is fought by men, the soldiers pushed from the most noble ideals, but is “decided” by the men who operate at the margins where decisions are clearly calculated and depersonalization.
Cure lyrics there are Julius A. Gualtieri and Romulus Pesolillo who prefer a basic approach with many pages left free of dialogue showing all the ferocity of the battle and its protagonists. Essential does not mean, however, devoid of stain, indeed, above all the figure of Napoleon is sketched skillfully through few but effective beats, while, as always, the appraisal is historic, both in terms of reconstruction of the atmosphere, is the main feature of the story and the script.
Matthew “Babbyan” Bellisario care of the graphic part of the register which has an excellent stretch stylized using the black-and-white to dig the figures in black, making them vibrant. Excellent construction of the table, while having to face the challenge of the pocket size takes advantage of some interesting vertical solutions, giving a a certain excitement to the narrative. A really good test of the designer that it would be interesting to see the work, perhaps with a greater freedom in terms of format.
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