Ready to set out "On the track of memories"?
As we have already said before, in this album bis (the third issue of July 2021), we will celebrate not one, not two or even three birthdays, but four ... and all of Ian!
After all, we are in full swing of the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the Sergio Bonelli Editore which gives us another nice gift: the Dragonero world map!
As usual, for those interested in the history of the "Dragonero the Rebel“, Can find it in this summary article.
Go with the intro!

Happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy birthday dear Ian
happy birthday to you!

On the track of memories

On the track of memories he retraces the four ages of the hero. We find Ian as a teenager, at the official school of the empire, among the Raiders and then an elderly man, but always on a mission
The four ages of the hero

Ian is traveling on a boat in the middle of the sea, and one of his "strange" travel companions gives him a present for his birthday. The question that arises is what was the first gift Ian received.

On the trail of memories begins with an old Ian who remembers and tells
Ian, even if with a few winters on his shoulders, is always on an adventure!

This is the very special object that emerges from the past of an XNUMX-year-old Ian Aranill: a dagger. It was the first gift of the brotherly friend Gmor, a blade capable of cutting any material and on whose thread the memories of Dragonero run, starting from the moment in which this name did not yet belong to him and the burdensome future of a hero still hovered far away. , on the horizon. Ian will tell four pivotal moments in his life, and in doing so we will learn more about our hero's past ... and his future.

Gmor before giving Ian the real gift, a knife that can cut anything, gives him a doll that should look like our future hero
No, this is not the famous dagger, this is the pre-gift!

Episode analysis

From the beginning, the Dragonero saga has been characterized by a skilful ability to manage different timelines thus providing the authors the opportunity to introduce us to the complex facet of Ian's soul. He is a hero with multiform feelings, each one forged by a different event and we, today, follow him "On the track of memories". We first met him in the Origins adventure, when he was thirty-four. Today we have arrived, with the register that we hold in our hands, which carries eighty winters on our shoulders. The Ian we know has its roots in the carefree age of fourteen Dragonero Adventures, to then move on to that a little rebel when he was in the ranks of the soulless: he is always himself, the same but different.
The four stories presented here, short but enjoyable and perfectly inserted into the fabric of the saga, only expand his already great wealth of actions and emotions.

Allow me to re-propose an old speculation.
In a previous article, I (and you) asked me what Dragonero's Past, Present and Future were. I was hoping that, with this book, something would indicate that the Future of Ian (Old Man Gmor and Ian in his eighties) was actually his Present and that it was actually the Future for us, since we have yet to read it ... I have not found or confirmations nor denials, but the beauty of this series is the ability to always surprise you, just like when you unwrap a gift… birthday!

At the opening

In Chronicles of the Rebellion, Luca Barbieri takes us through The four ages of the hero (the working title of the register) introducing us who illustrated this issue: Ludovica Ceregatti, Diego Bonesso, Vincenzo Riccardi, Emanuele Gizzi. Last, but not least, are the minds behind these four stories: Luca Enoch (subject and script), Stefano Vietti (subject), Luca Barbieri (subject and script).

In the editorial, however, there is not only the list of those who contributed to this register. In fact, as Barbieri has often accustomed us to, it is perhaps more things that he has omitted, or only hinted at, that increase hope for new incredible adventures in the Dragonero saga. So we can't help but look forward to what the future holds… by Ian!

Drawings & lettering

On the cover we find the shod duo Gianluca Pagliarani (drawings) and Paolo Francescutto (colors), which well convey the idea of ​​the passage of time within the saga. They are well represented the four ages of the hero in an ascending arc with an old Ian representing the culmination of a lifetime's experiences.

During the officers' school trainings, Ian's knife will be lifesaving!
Here is the famous dagger! Rest assured it will be useful to Ian ...

As mentioned above, there are four artists on the register. Ludovica Ceregatti deals with the history that frames it. Diego Bonesso illustrates the “young” adventure of Ian and Gmor. Vincenzo Riccardi reconnects to the flashback of the last issue, with Ian, an official student, at the Imperial Academy. In the end Emanuele Gizzi he accompanies us on a mission (which will tie him to a character always immersed in intrigues and mysteries) among the ranks of the Incursori.

The lettering, needless to say, is from Marina Sanfelice.

Even during the mission in the ranks of the Raiders, the knife will save Ian's life!
We knew Ian had been a raider… here we see him in action!

The wait before reading these pages will be short. In fact, the next issue will be on newsstands in these days!
Who knows who the revenge of "The Returning” (“Dragonero the Rebel"N ° 22, 10 August)?

From the shadows we rise. In silence we strike.

The rebels of Erondár