A few years ago, two comics books came out in Portugal that weren't very successful They were entitled Morbus Gravis and told the amazing adventures of a woman in an horrible world of violence and eroticism drawn with impressive realism. The hero was called Druuna and was going to be world-famous, as was her author: Paolo Serpieri.
It would be expected that any publication in the field of eroticism, bordering on pornography, as this one, would obtain some commercial success. There are many examples of that amongst comics of dubious quality and outspokenly porno and even amongst those who claim to be learned and sophisticated, as is the case of Milo Manara, but that's not enough to explain Serpieri's imense popularity. His comics have, I think, quality.
Serpieri is the master of factual drawing, which shows off his artistic education, especially in painting. However, he only began to explore the potencial of comics relatively late. He was majorly influenced by the stories published in "Métal Hurlant" magazine and by cinema - he frequently cites Alien and Blade Runner as two of his references.
His drawings are particularly meticulous when it comes to the female figure: plastic and bulky, almost palpable. The women are anatomically perfect, beautiful and sensual to contrat with everything else, ugly, sombre and morbid. This amazing world of science fiction conveys an image of pessimism and pain that Drunna escapes through pleasure. In beauty and pleasure Serpieri tries to escape chaos and death...
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