Thursday, June 08, 2017

Milo Manara : Piranezi . 2002

 This is one of the worst works of Milo Manara . Milo is GREAT  but this one is disappointed .

Nobody knows if Paradise exists. But Hell is real. It's Piranese, the prison planet, where all the outcasts of the empire are held.

No one can escape and the hope of survival is very slim.

But all of a sudden that order is disturbed by the appearance of a young woman who has avoided the genetic control imposed by the guards.

Will she be the liberator that everyone is hoping for?

This is supposed to be the opening chapter in a sci-fi epic, but no others have materialized as yet.

The artwork is fantastic;

Milo Manara never disappoints there.

The story is not interesting, and funny at times, but short. 52 pages in comic format is not much of a story. Still, it is worth a look.

As far as I know, it is out of print, and never published in softcover, so it is something of a collector's item now.

Νο οne escαpes αnd there is οnly the faintest hοpe of survival. But nοw this οrder is disturbed by the αppeαrαnce of α yοung wοmαn whο hαs avoided the genetic tyrαnny of the guardians.

Will she be the liberator thαt αll await?
A fine draftsman, watercolourist and storyteller, Milo Manara is best known, in the US at least, for his sex comedies, the Click series, Butterscotch, etc. which range from light and breezy to downright raunchy (regardless they are always fun), and  illustrated historically-based collaborations with the late Hugo Pratt (creator of "Corto Maltese"), "Indian Summer" and "El Gaucho." and the filmmaker Alejandro Jodoworsky ("Santa Sangre," "El Topo"), "Borgia."

"Piranese: the Prison Planet" falls into neither category: rather "Piranese" represents a disappointingly weak opening chapter in a sci-fi epic, the kind of which is serialized in the US in "Heavy Metal" Magazine (usually beautifully illustrated, though often meandering and often inconclusive). 

Ensuing chapters might get better, once Manara hits his stride with this particular story, but as far as opening chapters go... this really isn't his best work.

Published in Greece by the magazine "Κλικ" 2003

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