Before putting "On the way to nowhere"I have to apologize, to those who read us, for the delay (one month) with which I propose the analysis of the November issue of Dragonero.
As usual, those interested in the history of the "Dragonero the Rebel" of the Sergio Bonelli Editore can find it in this article summary.
Go with the intro!

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A Way of Life, The Last Samurai OST, 2003, Hans Zimmer

On the way to nowhere

On the way to nowhere is a book, albeit full of action, focused on the decisions that Ian has made, takes and will have to make
Ian more than walking, it seems almost to launch towards Nothing

The liberation of Nahim is indeed a fundamental piece in the imminent showdown, but wars are not won with symbols alone! Ian and the Erondár rebels need to use up all the resources. It is therefore necessary to strengthen the old alliances, in order to be able to launch a powerful attack against the empire of terror created by Leario. After a first Gmor embassy with the nobles of theGreat Lakes Enclave, it's Ian's job to close the deals and come up with a deal. But an old friend of hers is missing from the council: Sheda. What is the reason for his absence? In fact, there are disturbing rumors about a terrible threat to her family and the woman's life itself ...

To use the words of the film Platoon "The first victim of the war is innocence". The population is always the first to suffer
The visible signs of the rebellion within the Sheda Enclave

Which path will Ian decide to take? That of duty that wants him to attend the council, or that of friendship, which instead pushes him to rush to Sheda's aid?

Episode analysis

This month Luca Barbieri, once again, plays a triple role. In addition to his usual one as editor of the magazine, we find him as a scriptwriter and script writer.
In the past months, we had the opportunity to analyze three books related to "sounds": "The scream of the flesh” (“Dragonero the Rebel"N. 4), "The voice of the deep forest” (“Dragonero the Rebel"N. 6) and "When the waves sing” (“Dragonero the Rebel"N. 20). In this episode, although there are no blatant references to sounds, the editorial (which we will discuss in the next paragraph) refers to music as a source of inspiration. What awaits us a new story arc?

Left the music, let's see where to which nothing brings us the path of Ian. The story of Barbieri allows us to take a breath for the last time, perhaps, before undertaking, together with Ian and his companions, the last act of the Rebellion.
"On the way to nowhere”Is an episode characterized by a sense of immanence as heavy as a hood. From the very first pages we are thrown in medias res, we don't know what brought Ian to be there at that time. We will find out as the reading goes on thanks to the numerous flashbacks that complete the big picture. But even with these, something still escapes ...

The sources of inspiration for The Journey to Nowhere are to be found in Hagakure, bushido and the film The Last Samurai
The Enclave of the Great Lakes is almost a world of shadows and fog suspended outside of space and time

The story, although in some respects immersed in the great horizontal plot of the work, has the typical vertical development, which allows Barbieri to further expand the geography, customs and habits of the various populations of the Erondár and to deepen the inner thrusts and Ian's contradictions.

Walking towards nowhere allows us to broaden our knowledge of the uses and customs of the Enclave of the Great Lakes
"Country you go custom you find"

Ian has (almost) always shown that he is doing the "right" thing even when it clashed with his direct interest. As a young man he ran away from home in order not to submit to the duties of his family, he pulled himself out of political and military plots remaining a simple scout and continuing to do his duty. But then he became a hero during the war, almost a symbol. Now he has embarked on a winding road, that of the Rebellion. Sheda's request places him, once again, at a crossroads. Defeat the insurgents against her old friend's house, thereby keeping him status quo (like Leario) or support the rebels? It is a path that the man Ian, no longer an infallible hero, must undertake to find the essential and confront himself, as a good "samurai", with the infinite.

At the opening

In Chronicles of the Rebellion, Luca Barbieri tells us about the sources of inspiration for "On the way to nowhere", The 25th issue of the"Dragonero the Rebel". First of all the instrumental piece "A Way of Life", Composed by Hans Zimmer for the film"The last samurai”(Edward Zwick, 2003), and in general a bit of the whole film. But above all the basis of the suggestions of this issue are to be found in theHagakure (Nabeshima Tsunetomo, XNUMXth century).

He also introduces us the two designers who are committed to giving life to this story Salvatore Porcaro and Alex Massacci. Finally, he dedicates a few lines to Sheda for those who have not followed Dragonero since his beginnings, and to refresh the memory of others. To learn more about this character, we refer to the reading of "The queen of algae” (“Black Dragon"N. 11, April 2014), or the editorial.

Drawings & lettering

Gianluca Pagliarani (drawings) and Paolo Francescutto (colors) make up a cover perfectly in line with the title and the history of the register with Ian who seems to launch himself towards the nothing.

Salvatore Porcaro e Alex Massacci they focus on the main action and flashbacks. Porcaro is masterful in outlining the uniqueness of the places and traditions of the Enclave of the Great Lakes, made up of fog and shadows that hide dangerous pitfalls. Massacci has the not easy task, performed very well, of making recognizable moments of connection that complete the picture of the story.
The lettering alternates Marina Sanfelice e Luke Rope.

November also saw the release of the Dragonero Special (n. 9), which with the delay that I have accumulated, I now analyze.
But how strange, he shouldn't have gone out Dragonero Magazine?

The children of the myth

In addition to the monthly book On the way to nowhere, Dragonero Speciale i Sigli del mito was also released

A cyclops, a minotaur, a lamia and a basilisk… no, this is not the beginning of a joke!

They are terrible and ferocious, and perhaps never existed: they are the fantastic animals that populate the Erondár, creatures that are children of myth, wild and terrible. Gmor has crossed paths with a few in the course of his adventurous life, and has faced them while managing to survive. As? It is enough to read the chronicles that the elderly ogre has diligently compiled and which tell of four very dangerous encounters, which took place in as many moments of his life: four beasts, four glances at a fierce and primordial world, where only the strongest survives!

Special analysis

We have been able to see that each Speciale has its own soul, its own style. This new number, strengthened by the formula "Old Man Gmor tells“, Allows the authors to expand and deepen, albeit with short stories, the world of Dragonero. Furthermore, the idea of ​​the bestiary written by Gmor allows us to discover something more about his past as well as broaden our knowledge of the supernatural fauna of the Erondár.

Old Man Gmor tells

How many of you have wondered how he got hold of Trollslakta ( "Troll Slaughterer“), His trusty ax? Here, in this book you can finally satisfy your curiosity.

And where there is Old man Gmor, there is always a hint of the dark future (or past) that awaits our heroes ...

At the opening

As already mentioned above, Luca Barbieri, in the editorial, warns us that we will not read any more Dragonero Magazine, which accompanied us since 2015, but from now on we will find two specials per year on newsstands (the summer and the autumn one, net of further editorial changes).
In the lines that remain, he presents his hands behind the various stories collected in the register, first of all those of Luca Enoch who signs the subject and the script.

Drawings & lettering

The cover, again by the dynamic duo Gianluca Pagliarani (drawings) and Paolo Francescutto (colors), portrays Gmor, and Ian, grappling with one of the monsters present in the bestiary of our beloved ogre!

The tables are by Christian Kitchen (in the first and last third of the register) e Vincent Riccardi (the central part) and are embellished with the colors of Martina Saviane, Simona Fabrizio e Vincent Riccardi.

At the lettering we find Omar Tuis.

Be ready, because in a few days we will all light up together "The flames of the revolt” (“Dragonero the Rebel"N. 26, 9 December)!

From the shadows we rise. In silence we strike.

The rebels of Erondár