Fourth appointment with “Samuel Stern” created and written by Gianmarco Fumasoli and Massimiliano Filadoro.
This month there was certainly no lack of action and surprises in a series that, despite some flaws, continues to grow my interest. After reviewing the first, second and third book published by Bugs Comics, now let's move on to the third!


On the island of Muck, in the Hebrides, lives the small community isolated from the world of Port Mor, who sees his life upset by the arrival of Isobel. The girl is seen practicing witchcraft and causing demonic possessions, and this leads the parish priest of Port Mor, Father Andreas, to intervene in "his own way".
This is what Father Andreas's vicar, Neil Porter, tells in a letter addressed to his seminary companion Joseph (the priest in Father Duncan's parish), alluding that Isobel was treated with possible Inquisition methods.
And it is at this point that Joseph involves a doubtful father Duncan and a furious Samuel Stern, all three therefore leave for Port Mor to clarify what is happening to the girl.

The plot has a greater complexity than the previous issues, telling the whole story with a decidedly more domineering and agitated rhythm, which certainly serves to displace the reader effectively during the most ambiguous scenes with the inhabitants of Port Mor, or manages to give even more more emphasis on twists. However, this agitated rhythm sacrifices what could have been interesting points and which perhaps needed more development, just like the restlessness around the community of Port Mor or the island of Muck itself, which has quite peculiar esoteric and ancient elements which, apart from a few hints, they are not too detailed in the course in the issue.
Even the important innovations introduced in this issue seem to be treated hastily, preferring a more action-oriented approach, so much so that on some points confusion arises because things seem to be going against the rules that so far Samuel (even too pedantically) has repeated to us . But on all this I guess we will discuss again then, the last table of the episode seems to me quite explanatory on the fact that the best is yet to come and that all of us, Samuel first, perhaps we have been made fun of ...


The frenetic and action rhythm of the episode is certainly emphasized by Ludovica Ceregatti's plates.
"Action" is the key word, and the expressiveness of the characters moves the bickering, doubts, fears and monsters told in the streets of Port Mor, even if occasionally excessive synthesis in the stretch leads to too rigid or improbable poses or somewhat exaggerated anatomies.
The representation of rural environments and natural, isolated and boundless landscape contexts manage to give the right side of the coin to the most anxious, morbid and disturbing parts of the episode.
Each shot takes its space in a format that does not do justice to more and more free tables but with a clean and precise sense of reading.
A sense of reading that is punctuated with as much cleanliness by the direction and management of the dialogues, which despite their "verbosity" maintain the dynamism of a show (an aspect already praised and consolidated several times on these shores for this series).
No doubt about it, the team of designers is certainly the spearhead of this series.


In a style that continues to be too classic and conventional, SAMUEL STERN is still having his say and is not disappointing expectations. The maxi plot apparently is still being introduced, remaining mysterious in its direction but which, despite some stumbling blocks, is proving solid and worth pursuing. All that remains is to see if we will be given some answers next month or if the Edinburgh Red will have to face a new enemy.