Today we speak, after many years from its first release, of Lilith.
Before leaving you need to know two things: the first is that I love Luca Enoch (that of Gea and of this comic and Dragonero even if it doesn't take me), the second is that I don't like time travel. Having said that today I want to talk about a comic by Luca Enoch which is based on time travel and therefore I am a bit divided.
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A little bit of Lilith's storyline
First of all: the plot. In an unspecified future, our beloved planet will be transformed into a natural oasis by the flowering of a strange plant, the Triacanthus, which in the course of history, has spread its shoots inside the most varied human beings, making sure that these then pass it on to all their descendants.
And that's how after the Great Germination the Earth has become an Earthly Paradise in which human beings are not the well-liked, so much so that they have to move underground. Our species, however, does not give up and thus the counterattack starts, a counterattack that has the features of lyca, a girl raised to be a relentless hunter.
The task of lyca it is certainly not the simplest in the world: she will have to travel between time and space, thrown from one historical period to another, in search of the original carriers, after which she will have to extract the Spiromorph from them (as the shoots are called) and destroy it .
A simple and linear plot, true, almost banal. But there are two strong points that make this comic the only reason why I still bought something from Bonelli: first of all the great historical preparation that Enoch puts in each volume.
The author studies, and it shows! Each issue tells not only its plot, but allows us to see a piece of the great history of the human race, a story that for some strange reason is always full of massacres and abuses (but perhaps the Spiromorph chooses those periods on purpose), according to why a fine veil of mysticism, as could also be seen in Gaea, envelops everything and fills our heads with doubts.
Travel through time from the dead to see Ucronia, this and more in Lilith
In fact, it seems that to travel in time one must have "died" or at least something similar, since Lyca can see some wandering souls despite being of flesh and blood, and also it seems that the plans of the Triacanthus, which are narrated to us by some of the creatures he puts against our "heroine" are much deeper than the extermination of the human race and instead have to do with a phantom primordial Eden in which souls could incarnate in any form be it animal , vegetal or inanimate.
If all this were not enough to intrigue you, I can also tell you that the good Enoch does not limit himself to being a history teacher, but creates a new world, a real Ucronia with a capital U, in which Japan has never closed the borders and dedicated himself to the colonization of the American continent, or at least of the western part of it, obviously entering into conflict with the Europeans.
Not enough for you? What if I told you that the poor lyca, tossed back and forth in time, will it always leave a mark of its passage and that at the end of each volume we will have a page that tells us the influence this has had in history? But you don't just want lessons, you also want adventure, right?
Well, in Lilith we have a lot of them since it is only the Triacanthus will stand there doing nothing, but will try to eliminate our little hunter by sending against her plant entities known as Cardi, practically feral wooden humanoids who will try in every way to slow down this tender war machine (you said he's invulnerable and has claws?) to bring the Spiromorph (yes, the Triacanthus can travel through time through other plants).
But it's not just Ucronia and time travel!
Do you also want psychological introspection? We have this too, since the adventures of lyca are often linked to flashbacks that tell us something more about her training, the world she lived in, the fanaticism of her mission, and our sweet angel of death will more than once find herself in a crisis in fulfilling her mission since the Triacanthus it has not placed its shoots only in killers and cutthroats, but also in artists, philosophers and poets, thus making their "elimination" a not just moral dilemma:
As the Dark says, the strange being that accompanies lyca on his journey:
"They have been nothing but dust for a long time now compared to the world you were born into."
I don't want to go into this discourse too much because I don't know what goes into Enoch's head, but I believe that one of the main themes, when we re-read the conclusion of this enormous saga, will be the philosophical clash between the materialism of humans and the spirituality of Triacanthus.
Conclusions on Lilith and a literary gem
Now I leave you, but first I will tell you the last two things: the name of lyca it is not chosen at random, but it is taken from a poem by one of my favorite poets, William Blake. E Lilith? Well, Lilith is the name that she will decide to take from the first issue after having slaughtered an unspecified number of men to reach her true victim, as never Lilith? Look here for a bit
The Lost Child - William Blake
In the future
prophetic I see
than the earth from sleep
(serious the profound sentence)
will rise to seek
its gentle creator,
and the wild desert
it will become a sweet garden
In the southern country
where the flower of summer
never fades away,
lived the Beautiful Lyca.
Seven summers old
the Beautiful Lyca was;
he had wandered far away
listening to the song of wild birds.
“Sweet sleep, come to me
under this tree.
Father, mother cry
where can Lyca sleep?
Lost in the wild desert
it's your little girl.
How can Lyca sleep
if his mother cries?
If his heart aches,
that Lyca stay awake;
if my mother sleeps,
Lyca won't cry.
Menacing, menacing night
on this bright desert
make your moon rise,
while I close my eyes "
Sleeper Lyca was lying down
while the beasts of prey,
come from deep caves,
they looked at the sleeping baby.
The royal lion stood
to look at the virgin,
then he hopped around
on the earthly branch.
Leopards, tigers play
around her as she lay,
while the ancient lion
he bent his golden mane,
and licked her breast,
and on his neck
from his eyes of flame
ruby tears came;
while the lioness
took off her little dress,
and naked they wore
to their caves the virgin who slept.
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