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Crikey, but this book comes with an amazing history. Published for the first time in English its translator is Erica Mena by Fantagraphics, The Eternaut was created in Argentina in where it appeared initially as a newspaper serial, and where its reputation, even today, could not possibly be higher.
Naturally, then, there is more to their brilliant comic than meets the eye. It is at once both science fiction and political allegory.
But fear not. Nor is Salvo alone in the world. When the calamity struck, he was at home, playing cards with friends, Professor Favalli and Franco; his wife was reading upstairs in bed, and his daughter was asleep. At first, no one knows the extent of the disaster: perhaps the entire planet is dead.
Juan and the others see planes in the sky, and believe they are to be rescued. But when the planes are shot down, it becomes clear that what they are dealing with is not some accident of the cold war, but an invasion by extraterrestrial beings.
Joining the human resistance to this alien dictatorship, the men must battle death rays, monstrous hallucinations and, worst of all, the gurbos, vast pachyderms no anti-tank mortar can so much as scratch.
What sets The Eternaut apart is not its plot, gripping though it is. Again and again, Professor Favalli, a scientist, comes up trumps. Meanwhile, Mosca, a historian, is useless, a joke. I love the quotidian details Oesterheld gives us; his characters, puzzling the ins and outs of survivalism and guerrilla warfare, are nothing if not earth bound.
You feel their fear, and their desperation. Turn the pages, and they seem to age before your very eyes. Book of the day Comics and graphic novels. The Eternaut review — hero in a homemade diving suit.
Rachel Cooke. Published on Tue 15 Dec
The Eternaut may just be the most interesting graphic novel of the season
It was first published in Hora Cero Semanal from to Oesterheld returned to El Eternauta with a remake and a sequel, published in and , respectively. Both featured a more political script, as Oesterheld was disturbed by political conditions in the nation after military had overthrown elected governments. By the time he published the sequel, he and his daughters had joined the leftist guerrilla group Montoneros. Since the restoration of democracy in , El Eternauta has been continued in different versions by a variety of writers and artists. It became an open critique of dictatorial regimes and United States' imperialism. This version featured artwork by Alberto Breccia , who drew the story in an experimental and unique style diverging from the original expression.
And maybe Cybersix , assuming people remember it was an Argentinian comic book. The story is set about a decade into the future where a deadly snowfall suddenly strikes. The protagonist - who along with his family and a few friends was sheltered safely at home - must then try to survive in the new desolate and hostile environment: finding rations to live, avoiding all contact with this fluorescent snow that kills everything it comes in contact with, and, most importantly, battling fear, desperation and the potential threat of fellow human survivors. As the story progresses, the real cause of the snowfall is revealed and the protagonist is quickly drafted into a makeshift resistance army. Widely considered a masterpiece, its reading is highly suggested. There is a sequel , made in , which is a bit more Darker and Edgier , and mostly regarded quite a good comic but not as brilliant as the original.
Cult sci-fi comic 'Eternaut' still gives lessons in political resistance
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The Eternaut review – hero in a homemade diving suit
Crikey, but this book comes with an amazing history. Published for the first time in English its translator is Erica Mena by Fantagraphics, The Eternaut was created in Argentina in where it appeared initially as a newspaper serial, and where its reputation, even today, could not possibly be higher. Naturally, then, there is more to their brilliant comic than meets the eye. It is at once both science fiction and political allegory. But fear not. Nor is Salvo alone in the world.