The Collected Toppi Vol. 2

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 May 2019

Member Reviews

Spare lines, black and white illustrations all add to the short tales that Sergio Toppi provides of murders, thieves, American Indian encounters, and tall tales that invest this volume. It is an interesting take on tales of the American West and Northwest.

I appreciate Netgalley providimg me the opportunity to read this volume.
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The 2nd book in a series of seven collecting the work of Italian artist Sergio Toppi.  This collects his stories taking place in North America, most in the old west.  The stories were great, often a little wry.  I wasn't familiar with Toppi before, but I look forward to checking out the rest of the volumes in this series.
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Leggere Sergio Toppi è entrare in un altro mondo: un mondo in cui matita e inchiostro riescono a farti sentire odori e suoni, trasportandoti al di là della pagina.

Ogni vignetta è un capolavoro, ogni tavola un'unione di capolavori; e, per una volta, il testo risulta all'altezza dello splendore grafico.

Questo volume raccoglie le storie di Toppi ambientate in Nord America, un compendio di una grossa tranche del suo lavoro.

La scoperta di un continente, il fascino remoto della frontiera, una popolazione mutevole e composita vengono riassunti e presentati, in tutta la loro gloriosa complessità, da un maestro.
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2,5/5. I did not really like that. Can’t really say it has any particular flaws. Just a bit flat/average in every aspects of it. Nothing is really wrong, but clearly nothing really good either.
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Unable to review, as the download does not work. Sorry, I know I am doing this wrong, but I can‘t find the option anymore to say that I will not be reviewing this. I tried to download twice and just get a letter salad in any reader I open it with. This does not download as a pdf-file.
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A resounding success, this book showed me a wonderful graphic novelist I'd never heard of, and really whetted the appetite for the rest of his output.  This, the second in seven books to collect the lot, covers stories set in N America, and whether it's a bloke trading with the Indians and ripping them off before getting his comeuppance, or an old timer getting revenge on a naive young crook, they really show their class.  The draughtsmanship skills are top, but you also get perfect little short stories – stories of justice being met, at that.  The third tale here might not be completely straight when it comes to justice, depending on your point of view, but certainly the moral in the fourth is strong in that regard – and again, what artwork, giving unique patterning to the rock formations and tribal tattoos in the story that reads like a long-told and oft-revised legend.  Elsewhere, a man struggles and struggles to survival alone, and you really see how the creator got the sense of the landscape and the times – although written for disposable Italian weeklies in the early 1980s, these are timeless little successes, from every curlicue in birch bark up.  He takes no sides, covering US history from British soldiers reluctantly seeking vengeance, or the 'Indians' and their outlook on things.  So it's surprising, then, how a more modern piece is full of negroid lips and stereotypes, both visually and narratively.  What's worse, the finale has a talking postbox and petrol pump, of all things – but it still manages to bring the circle to a fulfilment with, yep, you guessed – justice.  Meaning that even with some late misfires, you can only call this an often outstanding find.
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