With "The red streets of Vàhlendàrt”Continues the saga of the invasion of Erondár by the multitude of undead summoned by the necromancer Saul Jeranas.

The symbol on the title page indicates the continuation of the mini-saga of the undead

As usual, those interested in the history of the "Dragonero the Rebel", Now among the leading titles of Sergio Bonelli Editore, can find it in this article summary.
Go with the intro!

"...
Here once again there's a battle to fight
Gather together for the sound and the might
So long did we wait, now we are home

Now we will fight for the kingdom, fighting with steel
... "

Call to Arms, Warriors of the World, 2002, Manowar

The red streets of Vàhlendàrt

In The Red Streets of Vàhlendàrt Alben he will definitely clash (perhaps) with his old friend Saul Jeranas
Blood will flow through the streets of Vàhlendàrt, at least that of the defenders, the undead, we know that ...

The evil army of Jeranas is strong with thousands of humans, elves and orcs who have fallen in past wars, especially the one against the Black Queens. Now they are simple soulless "puppets" pressing on the doors of Vàhlendàrt. The Swords of Justice, led by Dragonero himself, team up with the Imperial army to repel the most hideous of threats.

In The Red Streets of Vàhlendàrt the Swords of Justice fight alongside the imperial forces. Leading everyone, Ian
Someone will have to reunify the ranks. Even if on adverse fronts the imperial army accepts Ian

But another clash, even more ferocious, is taking place in the basement of the capital: Alben and Jeranas face off in a tragic showdown!

Episode analysis

"The red streets of Vàhlendàrt”Could only be scripted by Stefano Vietti. After all, it was the pen that revealed (part) of Alben's past and his relationship with Saul Jeranas, and the descent of his undead into Erondár. So it was only natural that he would close the third chapter of this mini saga.

Once again we hold a story made up of multiple scenarios in our hands. Some of these, albeit brief, are full of ideas for the present and the future of the saga.

Immediately at the opening we see Leario more and more barricaded who only takes care of his own safety and not at all worried about the population, after all he has kept the people subjected with the fear of the Red Weeping. His days seem numbered, but it remains to be seen how much more damage he can inflict ...
The Swords of Justice, as we had already read previously, are concerned with defending the population left to itself, both between villages and cities, but above all in Vàhlendàrt.

The red streets of Vàhlendàrt are not the only ones, the rest of the Erondár must also be defended
The Swords of Justice are always at the side of the population

Ian will face an old friend now a pawn of Jeranas; the doubts and pain are excruciating for our hero, who once again proves that he is not invincible, but extremely human with all his weaknesses.

In The Red Streets of Vàhlendàrt Ian will face a fallen friend and now puppet of the mighty necromancer
In the ranks of the undead Ian will meet and will have to clash with an old friend of his, who?

Always Ian, within the walls of the imperial palace has the opportunity to meet an old friend, now full of "evil". The clash between the two, however, is only postponed.

We see again Sera, Aura and Gheal, the Returning: all pawns that Vietti, and Luca Enoch, have placed on the board and now make their moves.

But the strongest event, both from the point of writing and for the drawings, is the clash between Alben and Saul. The confrontation between the two takes place out of time, with the two going through different eras. Each moment is a different chapter in the history of Erondár and perhaps it is possible to assume that each era was important for the conflict between the two and important thanks to that battle. A circle in which the beginning and the end, and every moment of it, coincide.

At the end, there is no shortage of flashes and seeds of what the future (or past if we see it from the point of view of Old Man Gmor) has in store. For Ian and Briana, a daughter, a new life, a source of joy and hope. For the companions and the Erondár, "a time for other wickedness in the world ...".

At the opening

In Chronicles of the Rebellion, the editorial signed by Luca Barbieri, the concept that Life is Conflict is deepened. Last month's register perfectly embodies this idea, as two “forming” conflicts are presented for the two heroines who participate in it.

Sera e Yen Ail, one of the Black Queens fallen and revived by the unholy magic of Jeranas, they are both elves, but with two completely different ways of seeing the world, at least as long as the Black Queen was still alive. We therefore have a common starting point, belonging to a species, but different paths (first conflict), now they are one alive and one dead (second conflict) and we again have a point in common, revenge, which pushes them both towards a new conflict, with an inevitable conclusion.

The other conflict is also all female, the one between the two sorceresses Aura and Savyna. Women held in a corner by the overwhelming rigidity of magical institutions, therefore potentially similar, but also this time the conflict between the two is inevitable, unfortunately they are on opposing fronts, in another time and in different conditions they would have made the difference, but we believe that Aura is already treading a new path for a new way to share the Magic ...

Drawings & lettering

The cover of the dynamic duo, Gianluca Pagliarani (drawings) and Paolo Francescutto (colors), once again immortalizes the culmination of the invasion of the undead: the spread of the horde to Vàhlendàrt. The clashes between the bodies subjected to the will of Jeranas and the imperial army, without a guide, and the Swords of Justice that reunite the defenses, stain the pavement of the streets of the capital with blood: "The red streets of Vàhlendàrt". But the clash of the two wizards, once friends, is also in the foreground. We can venture to define the cover, complete.

In this register there are three artists, veterans of the magazine, who take turns to give life to the various moments that make up the episode: Luca Bonessi, Alex Massacci, Lorenzo Nuti. It goes without saying that the styles of the three blend well with each other, keeping the part they illustrate alive and unique, but that it blends well with the others in a single fresco.

Lettering is always the best Luca Corda.


In the next issue, "Days of Hate" ( "Dragonero the Rebel"N. 33, July 9), we will witness the consequences of the invasion of Vàhlendàrt. Against whom will the desire for vengeance be vented for the massacres carried out by the undead of Jeranas? Did someone say Returning?

From the shadows we rise. In silence we strike.

The rebels of Erondár